Alliance Prayer Requests
November 23, 2015
Heavenly Father, when we were dead in our sins, You made us alive with Christ. You forgave all our trespasses, nailing them to the cross. Having disarmed the powers and authorities, You made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. As a result, we pray that more people in creative-access countries will confess with their mouths, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in their hearts that You raised Him from the dead so that they will be saved. We rejoice that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (Colossians 2:13–15; Romans 10:9; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Pray for a Sunday evening English club for migrant workers. Pray that God will bring many interested people and that fruitful relationships will develop. Pray too for more opportunities for individual follow-up outside the weekly club and to share the truth.
Pray for a new church planter who began leading a young church earlier this month. Pray for wisdom and guidance as he works with international staff to plan for the congregation’s future, including goals, outreaches, and more.
Father God, Your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path. It was written to teach us so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. We pray that Your servants in Africa will have that same hope when You sanctify them by the truth of Your Word. Please make known to them the glorious riches of Christ living in them (Psalm 119:105; Romans 15:4; John 17:17; Colossians 1:27).
Continue to pray for a peaceful presidential election November 29 and that the next president will govern justly and wisely.
Pray for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome as they continue their work on orality-training seminars and attend a story-crafting workshop in France.
Pray for Holy-Spirit empowerment for Joe and Maria Howard in mobilizing church leaders to evangelize unreached peoples in northwestern Burkina.
Pray for the government’s swift approval of an Alliance widows’ organization and that this will result in more women being able to support their families.
Pray for Toby and Kiersten Hull as they travel this weekend to mentor village church leaders.
Continue to pray for complete healing for retired international worker Betty Boesenberg. The results of recent procedures reveal that she has liver cancer, which also invaded her bones. Pray for her as she begins chemotherapy and radiation November 30. Also, pray for God’s peace for Betty and her husband, Al, as they walk through this valley.
Dakar Academy (Senegal)
Alliance international workers Evan and Jewel Evans praise God for land donated to the national church by a local villager. Unsolicited, he approached church leaders and offered the property to them when he heard of opposition they had faced in obtaining permission to build a church. This villager is not a member of the congregation but is a Catholic who wanted to donate his land in the name of Jesus. “God’s timing is perfect, and His provision is beyond what we could have asked for or imagined,” write Evan and Jewel, who serve at Dakar Academy and also work alongside national pastors in evangelism ministries.
Pray for a Thanksgiving outreach in Diohine that Jewel and Evan will be involved in, November 27–29. Pray that God will go before them and open people’s hearts. Pray too for an anointed partnership between the Evanses and the Alliance pastors they will come alongside during this event.
All Alliance workers are safe after a siege and hostage situation in a hotel in Bamako, Mali, during which at least 19 people were killed. Pray for the families of the victims and that their grief will lead them to seek the hope and peace that only Jesus can give.
Praise God for a refreshing, encouraging time at the Mali and Burkina Joint Team Forum last week. Thanks to all who prayed!
Intercede for Tim and Bev Wright as they prepare for home assignment. Also, pray for smooth, safe travel.
Pray for Koutiala Hospital administrators and charge nurses as they attend a Global Leadership seminar in Bamako, November 27–28.
Pray for Mary, an Alliance colleague who will attend an orality-training seminar in France. Pray for God’s protection of this event and for the leaders presenting it, as they have sensed spiritual attacks recently.
Pray for Koutiala Hospital’s storytelling ministry, which resumes this week, and for Carey, an Alliance international worker, as she facilitates this outreach.
Intercede for Adama, a nurse’s aide who is a young believer, as he shares the gospel with his unbelieving wife. Pray that the Holy Spirit will break down barriers against the good news and open her heart to the truth.
Asia and the Pacific
Lord, strengthen Your workers in the Asia and the Pacific Region not to depart from the commands of Your lips. May they and the people they serve treasure the words of Your mouth more than their daily bread. Help them to delight in Your law and meditate on it day and night, because then they will be like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever they do will prosper (Job 23:12; Psalm 1:2–3).
Pray for complete healing for Marinus, a national colleague who has been recovering from a stroke. Pray that God will bless him with ongoing good health, as he has struggled with many physical problems over the years. Also, rejoice that Marinus was able to begin a discipleship ministry recently after being too weak to carry out his previous responsibilities. Pray for the 18 new converts he is discipling and that the Lord will add to their number.
Pray for a full recovery for Judy Gaskin, who fell more than a month ago, broke two bones in her left wrist, and dislocated it. The doctor inserted seven screws and a plate in her wrist. Pray for Judy’s emotional and mental strength as she adjusts to the limited use of her left hand. She has several lengthy assignments due in January for her PhD program at Asia Pacific Theological Seminar in Manila, Philippines.
Rejoice for rain in several areas of Indonesia that have desperately needed it, including Sulewesi and Papua. Please pray for more rain in Papua to help many people affected by severe drought.
Praise God for a good worship service in an area of Sentani, Papua, where the national church was shut down nine years ago by a group that broke away from The Alliance. Also, pray for wisdom and grace for Alliance church members and leaders in Papua, who are weary of the breakaway group’s unlawful actions and officials’ inaction. Pray that the believers will continue to act in love and grace.
Pray for a productive time for Joel and Sheila Meyer during their final month of language school in Bandung.
Intercede for Mike and Kate Whelehon, new Envision workers in Bandung, as they adjust to their new home and recover from illnesses. Pray for high energy and quick learning in language school.
Pray for a good turnout for two “heart-care” workshops hosted by the Ishinomaki New Life Center (NLC), November 23. Japanese professional Christian counselors will lead this low-key seminar for those still suffering from the emotional effects of the 2011 tsunami. The event will be held at the NLC and at a community center in the middle of town. Pray that participants will experience inner healing and be drawn to Jesus. Also, pray that they will then come to the “Heart Café” monthly group meetings at the NLC.
Praise God that the JhongLi Church will celebrate the new facility’s dedication November 28. Pray for God’s ongoing blessing and anointing on the church and its leadership. Pray too that He will continue to add to their numbers those being saved in JhongLi.
Alliance workers rejoice that Nga continues her walk with Christ. Last year she came with her baby boy to the Vietnamese fellowship in Kaohsiung and received Jesus. She then moved to northern Taiwan, where international workers Chinh and Mary Dang have periodically discipled her. Ng not only attends church but also dedicated her son to the Lord. Pray for her spiritual growth and that her child will come to know Jesus.
The Taiwan team will gather on Thanksgiving for a special celebration. Pray that God will draw the members even closer in unity and care for one another and pour out His blessings on their ministries.
Intercede for the Aroma Church (Envision) as it teaches a series on “Our Identity.” A recent sermon addressed people’s identity as male and female. “We live in a prominent area for sexual identity issues,” writes Envision worker Sarah Mabee. “Right down the street from our church is a large LGBT scene. Please pray for the church as we begin addressing these hard issues.”Also, pray for Envision’s upcoming Thanksgiving outreaches and events. “Pray that people will truly meet with Jesus,” Sarah requests.
Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in repentance and rest is our salvation, in quietness and trust is our strength. Help Your workers in Europe and the Middle East not to conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of their minds. Then they will be able to test and approve what is Your good, pleasing, and perfect will (Isaiah 30:15; Romans 12:2).
Continue to pray for the protection of Alliance churches and workers throughout Europe and the Middle East amid the elevated risk for terrorist threats after the recent attacks in Paris. Also, pray for these congregations as they seek to minister to the influx of refugees.
Pray for Feinkost, a ladies’ cooking evening, as participants gear up for their annual Thanksgiving cooking night. Pray that connections will continue to grow deeper and lead to opportunities to share about faith.
Holy Spirit, help Your workers in Latin America to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of You. Help them to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. As they do these things, may their souls find rest in You alone, for their hope comes from You. You strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to You. May more people in Latin America dedicate their lives to You (2 Corinthians 10:5; Psalm 62:5; 2 Chronicles 16:9).
FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology and World Missions)
Praise God that two more students in Quito, Ecuador, and two in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have completed their graduate studies and will graduate this month. Pray for God’s blessing, anointing, and empowerment for their ministries.
Pray that Dr. Francisco Cerron, academic dean, will be able to contract a professor of Old Testament for the 2016 academic year.
Pray that FATELA will finish the 2015 year with all bills paid.
North and Central Asia
Dear Jesus, as the peoples in north and central Asia choose this day whom they will serve, stir their hearts to serve You and only You. Whatever they do, may Your servants work at it with all their hearts, as working for You, not for men. Even when they eat or drink, may Your followers do it all for Your glory (Joshua 24:15; Colossians 3:23; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
Lord, we submit ourselves to You. Help us to resist the devil so that he will flee from us. We rejoice that nothing is impossible with You! Our old selves are being corrupted by deceitful desires. Please make us new in the attitude of our minds so that we will put on the new self, created to be like You in true righteousness and holiness (James 4:7; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 4:22–24).
Pray for physical healing for Richard Bush, Ministry Coaching director.
Pray for continued healing for Rosilio Roman III, director for Multicultural and Church Multiplication Ministries.
Pray for members of Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church as they prepare to begin an evangelistic Bible study.
Pray for members of Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio, as they visit a community college campus to connect with students and share the love of Christ.
North Central District
Praise God for a recent baptism service at Hillside Community Church (Vermillion, South Dakota). Pray also for safety for those involved with the church building expansion and that they will get the building closed in before the colder weather.
Rev. Amenti Theophilos, pastor at Lamb and Lion Fellowship (Minneapolis, Minnesota) is grateful for how God is moving in the church. The Lord is opening doors in their neighborhood as members sponsor an English class. Pray for wisdom, divine connections, and that God will soften the hearts of attendees.
Western Pennsylvania District
Rejoice for more than 400 students who attended JOLT 2015, the junior-high youth retreat last month. Pray that teens will continue to be impacted by the love of Christ and boldly share their faith with others.
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