Alliance Prayer Requests

October 16, 2017

Urgent Prayer Requests

California (Update)

Although there was significant progress over the weekend in strengthening containment, the wildfires in California continue to threaten homes and businesses. More than 30 Alliance families as well as three Alliance pastors have lost their homes. Two of these pastors did not have time to gather any of their personal belongings before fleeing their homes.

Alliance churches and ministries, including the churches of pastors who lost their own homes, have opened their doors to those who have been evacuated. Alliance Redwoods Camp has become an evacuation center as well, housing over 200 firefighters and ten families.

Pray

  • For rain and calm winds so the fires can be contained;
  • For the safety of those who are near the fires and for wisdom to know when to evacuate; and
  • That the pastors who have lost their homes will experience God's peace as they continue to minister to their congregations and surrounding communities.

Puerto Rico (Update)

Rev Javier Gómez, Puerto Rico District superintendent, reports that as of October 10, 90 percent of the island remains without power, 50 percent without water, and 75 percent without communications.

On behalf of the Alliance family in Puerto Rico, Javier thanks God for His provision and protection. There was no loss of life among the Alliance family. Of the 63 churches on the island (61 with buildings),

  • 7 suffered severe damage,
  • 21 suffered moderate damage, and
  • 33 suffered little or no damage.

About one in five pastors' homes were damaged; also, on average, 8–10 homes per congregation were damaged.

District personnel and relief coordinators continue to visit churches throughout the island. As these congregations reach out to their communities, please pray

  • that God will sustain them as they rebuild their own homes and meet the needs of those around them. In addition to being deprived of basic necessities, many feel overwhelmed and exhausted; and
  • for discernment for district and church leaders as they determine the most effective ways to meet the deepest needs of those around them.

Africa

O God, be not far from Your workers in Africa. Come quickly to help them, O Lord their Savior. Bless them in in their work so their joy will be made complete. Let them speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Help them sing and make music in their hearts to You. Satisfy them with abundance, and fill Your people with Your bounty (Psalm 38:21–22; Deuteronomy 16:15b; Ephesians 5:19; Jeremiah 31:14).

Burkina Faso

Intercede for the Turka people, many of whom have come to Christ in recent years. Pray also for the pastors and church leaders who are discipling these believers and for the Banfora Christian radio station, which produces broadcasts in this people group's language.

Pray for the opening chapel service at Lycee Maranatha, an Alliance-affiliated Christian high school. Pray also for a good start to a moms' prayer group on campus.

Rejoice for a good orality training in Burkina and the enthusiastic response of participants! Pray for Alliance districts as they develop ongoing training for local churches in sharing the story of Jesus.

Bobo team members are thankful for God's protection during their extensive traveling; please pray for their ongoing safety.

Pray for Joseph and Maria Howard as they continue their speaking ministries at U.S. Alliance churches.

Senegal

Intercede for three couples participating in a vision trip to northern Senegal with international worker Michael Stephens to determine whether they will join the team there. Pray for safe travel and clear discernment of God's calling on each of these families.

Ask for wisdom in the search for a new worker or couple to help with third-culture kid education on the northern Senegal team. May God provide the right person(s) to fill this vital need.

Pray for 213 families who were evacuated from their island because of extreme erosion and flooding. The government has set up a temporary tent community in one of the villages, where the local church has regular outreach ministries. Pray for these families' provision and for opportunities to share the gospel with them.

Pray for an informative security training for Alliance international workers in Africa during the week of November 12.

Asia/Pacific

Father, Your workers in Asia/Pacific praise You with all their hearts; they will tell of all Your wonders. Let them be peacemakers who sow in peace to raise a harvest of righteousness. Allow Your peace, which transcends all understanding, guard their hearts and minds in Your Son, Jesus. Remind them that through faith they are shielded by Your power (Psalm 9:1; James 3:18; Philippians 4:7; 1 Peter 1:5a).

Taiwan

Intercede for two interns from the Taiwan Alliance Theological College, who will begin weekend ministries at the Sihhu and Amazing Grace church plants. Pray for these young men to build good relationships within the churches and their communities. Ask God to mold the interns into strong, spiritually healthy future church leaders.

Pray for members of the Taiwan team of international workers as they gather for a retreat with their pastoral care couple, Rev. Duane and Mrs. Karla Mabee (North River C&MA Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee), October 16–18. Pray that the team will be encouraged and challenged by God's Word and enjoy good fellowship with one another.

October 21 is the annual fall business meeting of Taiwan Alliance churches. Intercede for pastors and church leaders as they gather for this important event. Ask God to pour out His blessings on C&MA people in this nation and provide clear direction as they serve Him.

Europe/Middle East

O Most High, let Your workers in Europe/Middle East be glad and rejoice in You; let them sing praise to Your name. Though they walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve their lives; You save them with Your right hand. Let Your beloved rest secure in You, for You shield them all day long and let them rest between Your shoulders (Psalm 9:2; Psalm 138:7; Deuteronomy 33:12).

Latin America

Eternal God, You are the refuge of Your workers in Latin America, and Your everlasting arms are underneath them. They shout for joy to You. Remind them that it is You who made them, and they are Yours; they are Your people, the sheep of Your pasture. They will be secure, because there is hope; let them take their rest in safety (Deuteronomy 33:27a; Psalm 100:1–2; Job 11:18).

Paraguay

Intercede for Noe and Keila Hernandez on home assignment in the United States. Their original plan was for Noe to tour Alliance churches in Puerto Rico for six weeks; Hurricane Maria has changed that. "We are praying for those still affected by the storm and looking for new opportunities to share about the work God is doing in Paraguay and in the Alliance family around the world," the couple writes. "Please pray for us as we seek His direction."

Uruguay

Pray for a physically and spiritually refreshing annual Field Prayer Retreat, October 22–25. May hearts be open to what God has for each attendee.

Ask God for a good turnout and a positive response to the message at a couples' dinner event, to be held October 28.

Intercede for preparations for a November 11 Thanksgiving celebration, which will be a follow-up event to an English camp. "Pray for good connections with the kids and their parents as we practice being grateful," Alliance workers write.

Pray for wisdom in establishing a coffeehouse ministry. Intercede for God's direction to the right location and for all other details to fall into place.

North and Central Asia

Lord, let Your people in north and central Asia praise Your name, for Your name alone is exalted; Your splendor is above the earth and the heavens. Remind them that they have hope as an anchor for their souls, firm and secure. Let more people in this region draw near to You with sincere hearts in full assurance of faith, having their bodies washed with pure water (Psalm 148:13; Hebrews 6:19a; Hebrews 10:22).

Creative-Access Countries

Lord, praise be to You! Remind Your workers in creative-access countries that in Your great mercy You have given them new birth into a living hope through the Resurrection of Your Son and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade. When anxiety is great within them, let Your consolation bring joy to their souls (1 Peter 1:3–4; Psalm 94:19).

United States

Father, save us by Your name; vindicate us by Your might. Hear our prayers and listen to the words of our mouths. Help us bear with each other and forgive as You forgave us. May we have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide, long, high, and deep is the love of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Let us know this love that surpasses knowledge, so we will be filled to the measure with all Your fullness (Psalm 54:1–2; Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 3:18–19).

Alliance New England District

Pray for the District Conference, October 16–18, in Essex Junction, Vermont. In honor of its 100th anniversary, the district has a goal to donate $100,000 to the Great Commission Fund. Pray for God's abundant provision.

Alliance Northwest District

The Living Room, a new church plant in Central Point, Oregon, welcomed 70 people to its first weekly gathering. Pray for the pastor, Rev. Daniel Gregory, and the core team as they build relationships and share Christ's love with neighbors in the community.

Eastern Pennsylvania District

Pray for the Alliance Peacemaking training at Glenview (Pennsylvania) Alliance Church, October 19–20. May Christ's Spirit of reconciliation continue to spread throughout The Alliance as churches seek a culture of peace while employing biblical teachings on conflict resolution.

Central Pacific District

The California wildfires continue to threaten homes and businesses. The Central Pacific District family is rallying to provide temporary housing and other needs. For detailed information about how to pray, please see the Urgent Prayer Requests.

Metropolitan District

Pray for the District Conference, October 16–18 in Galloway, New Jersey. Pray that the district will be united in their worship, fellowship, and ministry to their communities and the world.

North Central District

Rejoice with members of DeSmet (South Dakota) Alliance Church as they celebrate 50 years of ministry. Pray that God will provide opportunities for the church to demonstrate Christ's love in tangible ways as they reach out to their community.

Praise God for several women who came to know Jesus at the recent District Women's Retreat. Intercede for their continued growth in the Lord as they desire to serve Him.

Pray for Mission Emphasis events in various North Central District churches this week. Specifically, pray for greater engagement and open hearts among those whom God is calling into full-time service.

Rocky Mountain District

Pray for Rev. Jonathan Wiggins, district superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Pray for district congregations, leaders, and official workers to receive a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit.

Arabic-Speaking Association

Pray for Rev. Raed S. Awabdeh, president, as he ministers to Arabic-speaking pastors and churches in the United States. "Pray for God to send laborers to His harvest field as hundreds of thousands of refugees are settling in our neighborhoods," Raed says. Many new Christ-following Arab pastors/leaders are needed.

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