Alliance Prayer Requests

April 13, 2015

Creative-Access Countries

Heavenly Father, we praise You for the many opportunities for Alliance workers to demonstrate Your love in word and deed in creative-access countries. Thank You for Your patience with a fallen world, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. As You divinely orchestrate contact with lost and hurting people, we pray that You will open their hearts to Jesus. We ask that seeds of truth planted by Alliance workers will reach good soil—those people with noble, good hearts, who hear the Word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Preserve the lives of Your servants, we pray, as they trust in You to accomplish Your will through their ministries (1 John 3:18, 2 Peter 3:19, Acts 17:27, Luke 8:15, Psalm 86:2).

Intercede for several international workers who lead “English with Friends” groups. Pray for opportunities to share their faith as they develop relationships with participants. Also, a Friday evening seekers’ group began last week. Pray that attendees will be drawn to Jesus.

Praise God for many who heard Jesus’ life-giving message during Easter services and outreaches last week. Pray that lives will be changed to the glory of God.

Africa

Glorify Yourself, Almighty God, through the work of Your saints in Africa! Reveal Yourself to the multitudes that have yet to experience Your love; draw them to Yourself through the many Alliance outreaches taking place at this moment. Fill Alliance workers with renewed strength and joy in serving You. We ask You, Father, to cover them and give them refuge in the shadow of Your wings (Psalm 115:1, John 17:20, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 91:4).

Côte d’Ivoire

Thanks to all who prayed for events related to the funeral of Rev. Joseph Dieke Koffi, the first president of the Alliance national church. Continue to pray for his family and friends in their time of grief.

FATEAC Seminary

Pray for preparations for FATEAC’s spring colloquium, May 21–23. The theme will be “The Church, Political Elections, and the Development of Contemporary Africa.” Pray for logistical details and for those who are preparing presentations. Côte d’Ivoire will have presidential elections this fall, and several other African countries will have important elections during the next two years. Pray for godly people to be chosen to lead these nations.

Gabon

Thanks to all who prayed for Wendy Hofman’s pregnancy; she gave birth to Hannah Marie last week. Praise the Lord for a safe delivery and healthy baby.

Guinea

Continue to pray for Guinea; the number of Ebola cases has increased during the last few weeks. Pray for healing of those infected, for the complete eradication of the virus, and for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones to the disease. Also, pray for survivors of the outbreak, many of whom are in desperate need, including thousands of widows and orphans. Pray for provision and empowerment for Alliance workers and their national partners as they reach out with Christ’s love to those who are suffering.

Asia and Pacific

Holy God, we lift up to You the peoples of the Asia and Pacific region. We pray that Your Spirit will set free from the law of sin and death those who walk in spiritual darkness. We intercede on behalf of our Alliance workers as they take the gospel into spiritually hostile territory; provide them with all they need to tell Your story to lost people. We pray that Your Word will penetrate the soul and spirit of each person who hears the gospel, bringing glory to You through the Alliance work that You have ordained and empowered (Romans 8:2, Acts 1:8, Philippians 4:19, Hebrews 4:12, John 15:8).

Thailand

The Dannekers request continued prayer for several key Christian teenagers at the Mahapawn Living Water Church. They graduated from high school at the end of February and anticipate college or career. Pray that they will remain close to the Lord and active in the church. Also, pray for the Dannekers as they prepare to return from home assignment in June.

Europe/Middle East

Sovereign Lord, we stand in awe of Your lovingkindness toward The Alliance in Europe and the Middle East. It is with great joy that we declare Your goodness toward Alliance workers and churches that serve the peoples in these countries. We pray that You will bless all who receive the message of hope; open the eyes of their hearts, Lord, to understand Your wisdom. We ask that You refresh our Alliance colleagues with a zeal for Your house that compels them to sing Your praises among the nations in which they serve (Isaiah 63:7, Psalm 119:68, Ephesians 1:18, Psalm 69:9, 2 Samuel 22:50).

France

Pray for Jesse and Nancy Reddoch, pastoral care couple for the France field, as they serve in an interim pastoral role at Trinity International Church, Paris, during April.

Pray for a time of renewal and refreshment during the field’s annual prayer retreat, April 20–24.

Pray for revival to come to the French church and that God will send more workers into His harvest field.

Middle East

Continue to pray for God’s intervention in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in this area. Pray that what Satan intended for harm, the Lord will use for good and that many will come to know Christ through the love demonstrated by His servants, including Alliance team members and their national colleagues. Pray too for protection from terrorist and other radical groups.

Spain

Pray for the spiritual and physical protection of Alliance workers in Spain, several of whom have sensed increased spiritual opposition in recent weeks.

The financial crisis in Spain continues to be a significant challenge. Most local Alliance churches struggle with inadequate finances to cover building rents and support for their pastors, many of whom need secular jobs as bi-vocational workers. Pray for God’s supernatural provision.

Rejoice that an excellent rental facility has been located for the Bible institute in Madrid. Pray for favor with the owner as a price and final contract is negotiated this week.

Pray for several Envision interns in the United States who have been approved for one to two years of service in Spain. They are in the process of raising financial support and applying for visas. Pray for God’s provision for every need and that these workers will arrive in Spain in His perfect timing.

Latin America

Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness during more than a century of Alliance ministry in Latin America. We stand in awe of Your work among the Latin American people and praise You for raising up strong national Alliance churches in this region. Father, we ask that You continue to bless Alliance workers, empowering them to reach all peoples living in Latin America. We pray that the spiritually poor and needy will turn to You and experience Your Kingdom in their hearts because of the love shown by Your servants (Psalm 40:10, Habakkuk 3:2, Psalm 29:11, Matthew 5:3, John 13:35).

Chile

Pray for Jessie Ritchey, who will serve as a consultant for a week of meetings with the leadership board of the Alliance national church in this country. She will also teach a course at the seminary in Temuco in the evenings.

Dominican Republic

Rejoice for a wonderful week with a work team from Hope Alliance in Hudson, Ohio. While waiting on material from the hardware store for the job, two Dominican men working alongside the team accepted Christ. “What the team thought was a work delay, God used for good!” Alliance workers write. Pray for effective follow-up of the new believers.

FATELA, a theological master’s program, will offer evening classes in Santo Domingo, April 13–18. Pray that students will be alert and attentive after working all day and for Professor Miguel Palomino as he teaches the classes.

Thank the Lord for a successful kids’ camp during Holy Week at Alianza, the Alliance church in Punta Cana. About 40 percent of the children were new contacts, and many of the church members volunteered their time to reach their community for Christ. Pray for effective follow-up and discipleship.

Mexico

Pray for members of an Alliance church plant’s core group, who are working hard to get the facilities ready for the first service on April 19. The new congregation’s name is Iglesia ACyM Aliento de Vida (Breath of Life). “Praise the Lord for 60 people on our contact list after two outreach events,” write Bob and Cheryl Fugate. Pray that many of them will be prompted to attend the service.

Peru

Pray for a citywide Missions Conference in Lima, entitled “Taking Off the Veil: Understanding Islam and Using Our Professions for the Kingdom.” This five-day event (April 8–12) in three different churches will feature eight plenary speakers and about 40 workshops. Jon and Jessie Ritchey will present several plenary sessions and six workshops. Two days of training for pastors and leaders will take place at the same time. Pray for God’s anointing on these events and that they will have lasting Kingdom impact.

Uruguay

Pray for the children of Alliance workers as they are raised in a secular society where there is much opposition to God. Pray for wisdom for the parents and that the children will develop a hunger for the Lord.

Pray for a successful marriage dinner on Friday, April 17, and for the worker couple who will lead the teaching time.

Pray for 10–15 volunteers from the United States to come and help with an English camp in July.

Pray for several prayer meetings in Montevideo, including one for pastors.

Pray for two English conversation clubs that meet on Wednesdays. Specifically, pray for open doors to share God’s love with participants, inside and outside the classroom.

Pray for two Alliance works as they play soccer with several groups of men. Pray for opportunities to speak God’s love and truth into their lives.

North and Central Asia

How great is Your love, O Lord; your faithfulness reaches to the skies for Alliance people serving in north and central Asia. With all our hearts, we trust that You who called The Alliance to preach the good news to the peoples in these lands will be faithful to see this work to completion, knowing that apart from You, we can do nothing. Tell us where we should go and what we should do; give abundant wisdom to our Alliance family members serving in this region; uphold them with Your righteous right hand (Psalm 57:10, Proverbs 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, John 15: 5, Jeremiah 42:3, James 5:1, Isaiah 41:10).

Praise God that Dennis Maves’s vision continues to improve after his cornea transplant. Pray for complete healing, that viruses will not attack the new cornea, and that his body will not reject it.

Pray for God to supply strong leaders for the national church in Mongolia and that believers will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.

Intercede for Ryan and Emily Currie, newly appointed workers to Mongolia who will arrive this summer. Pray for a good transition to life and ministry in this country.

United States

Our Father in heaven, we, the U.S. Alliance family, submit ourselves to You and humble ourselves under Your mighty hand, that You may lift us up in due time. We pray for an outpouring of Your Spirit on all Alliance churches and ask You to bring revival in their congregations, Lord. We pray that Alliance churches will be witnesses of Your love in their communities. Bring healing for the brokenhearted; set the captives free as they experience Your love through Alliance people. Also, we ask that You strengthen and protect your Alliance leaders from the evil one. Cleanse us as a people called by You and perfect us in holiness, that Your name will be famous and people will remember You forever (James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:6, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Joel 2:28, Psalm 147:3, Isaiah 61:1–2, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Psalm 135:13).

Church Ministries

Pray for the following District Conferences: Alliance New England, April 13–15; Ohio Valley, April 20–21; North Central, April 20–22; and Midwest, April 27–28. The Ohio Valley District will elect a new superintendent; pray for God’s leading in this decision.

Pray for Alliance churches that need to move toward greater Kingdom effectiveness. Pray that the Lord will open new opportunities in their communities to reach the lost, share Christ’s love, and make disciples.

Arabic-Speaking Association

Praise God for two new believers baptized on Easter. One is a refugee who migrated from Iraq after his wife and daughter were killed. Since believing in Christ, this man has not sought revenge but has a heart of love and compassion toward his enemies. Pray that his testimony will draw many people to Jesus.

Central District

Rejoice for many people who entered the Kingdom during Easter Sunday services throughout the district. Pray for their ongoing discipleship.

A woman who attends an Alliance church in Ohio is battling thyroid cancer, which has gotten worse despite treatment. Pray for complete healing and that she and her family will come to know Jesus. Also, pray that she will be able to see the doctor soon.

The NEO House Church Network, an Alliance church plant in Ohio, is offering ESL training, April 24–25, to equip workers to minister to the refugee community as well as internationals on campuses. Pray that many people will register and become ESL teachers.

Christ Community Church (Shaker Heights, Ohio) is participating in a basketball league ministry at a local school. Pray that this outreach will impact many youth with the gospel.

Hope Community Church, a new church plant in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, is preparing for its launch service on May 10. Pray for God’s direction in finalizing the details for a worship location and that many will come to know Christ through the congregation’s ministry.

Eastern Pennsylvania District

Pray for Spencer Sweeting, a church planter who serves in City Alliance Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The congregation recently launched its third worship service. Pray that God will provide a larger facility.

North Central District

Intercede for Doug Clevenger and his team from New Life Church in Clarkfield, Minnesota, who will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, on April 13 to help the Fugates and the Greenfields launch their new church plant. The team will work primarily on the electrical system of the new building (two of the men are electricians). Pray for safety and effectiveness in their mission.

Pray for a team from Onamia Alliance Church that will minister at Camp Witness in Lone Pine, Nebraska, April 15–19. May the Lord use them to touch lives for Him.

Praise God for Crossword Church, a new launch in Bloomington, Minnesota. Pray for the church-planting team and the 10 people who committed their lives to Christ recently.

Pray for members of LifeTree Church in Buffalo, Minnesota, as they conduct a “Serve Sunday” this coming weekend, featuring cleanup of a community park. Pray that this outreach will draw many to the church and to the Savior.

Mid-Atlantic District

Pray for a children’s ministry training seminar at Washington International Church, April 18. Also, pray for Melissa MacDonald, Children’s Disciplemaking specialist, as she leads the event.

Southwestern District

Pray for Dr. Mark Searing, superintendent, as he develops a more extensive network of pastors and lay leaders willing to mentor other pastors and leaders in ministry skills.

The Great Commission Fund

Thank you for serving Jesus by praying for Alliance ministries around the world. As you intercede, please pray that God’s people will give generously to the Great Commission Fund, which sends our workers to communities that desperately need His peace and redemption. From countries caught up in political and economic turmoil to those recovering from war and natural disaster, The Alliance is there, providing help and hope to hurting people. Thank you for partnering with our workers as they share Christ’s love in some of the most spiritually desolate places on earth.

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