Alliance Prayer Requests

September 26, 2016

Urgent Prayer Requests

Mali (Update)

Thanks to all who prayed for Alliance international worker Steve Holsenback, a medical missionary serving at Koutiala Hospital, who recently went into renal failure and was evacuated to the States. He has been diagnosed with dengue fever and pancreatitis and is improving; doctors are optimistic that his kidneys will fully recover in time. Pray for a return to normal function and for protection from further attacks on Steve’s health. Also, pray for Steve’s wife, Heather, who will see a GI specialist for her health issues.

Creative-Access Countries

God, our light, in You there is no darkness at all. You keep our lamps burning; You turn our darkness into light. You said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” so please make Your light shine in creative-access countries and give the peoples there the light of the knowledge of Your glory in the face of Christ (1 John 1:5; Psalm 18:28; 2 Corinthians 4:6).

Pray for God to change the hearts of officials who have allowed a building permit application for an Alliance medical outreach to languish for several months. Intercede for His favor and speedy processing of this paperwork.

Pray for the daughter of an Alliance worker couple, who is struggling to adapt to school. Pray for a good adjustment and for God’s peace.

Africa

Lord, help Your followers in Africa to walk in the light, as You are in the light, so they may have fellowship with one another. Empower Your workers to do everything without complaining so that they may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation.” We pray it gives You great joy to see these brothers’ and sisters’ faithfulness to the truth and how they continue to walk in it (1 John 1:7; Philippians 2:14–15; 3 John 3).

Burkina Faso

Praise God for a successful marriage retreat for all Burkina Alliance pastors and their wives. Please pray that the teaching they received will have lasting impact in their lives.

Intercede for widows who will attend an agricultural conference this week. Pray that it will be helpful as they begin farming projects and that this will be a good income source for these women.

Pray for two women from an Alliance church whose babies recently died during childbirth. Pray that they will stay strong in the Lord and receive the consolation only Jesus can give.

Pray for an ongoing Alliance ministry in a military camp. Pray that Christian military personnel on peacekeeping missions will have many opportunities to share their faith with other soldiers.

Gabon

A Christian radio station in Gabon’s capital was attacked and burned during recent violence following the nation’s presidential election. Pray that programming will resume soon.

Mali

Pray for restored health for the wife of the Malian chaplain at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Koutiala.

Intercede for two young Malian girls undergoing treatment for cancer.

Praise God for recent church-planting opportunities, and pray for God’s continued leading in this endeavor.

Senegal

Pray for Robbin Ballard, an Alliance international worker, who slipped and fell and badly broke both bones in her leg, requiring surgery. Intercede for complete healing.

Asia/Pacific

Jesus, since Your workers in the Asia and Pacific Region live by Your Spirit, let them keep in step with Your Spirit. Your Word says whoever claims to live in Him must walk as You did. Extend Your grace to these brothers and sisters to take Your yoke upon them and learn from You, for You are gentle and humble in heart, and they will find rest for their souls. May Your presence go with them, and may You give them rest (Galatians 5:25; 1 John 2:6; Matthew 11:29; Exodus 33:14).

Indonesia

Rejoice for the arrival of a two-year apprentice, Ben Maxey. Pray that he will adjust well to life in a new city and develop good relationships with people in the community. Pray too for Indonesian teammates who live near the town where Ben lived previously. His Indonesian mentor visited there, and there are many opportunities to continue relationships Ben began. Pray for open doors to share the light of Jesus.

Thanks to all who prayed for Rev. Tibet Yikwa, a national pastor who was taken to court in Wamena, Papua, by members of a violent group that broke away from the Indonesia C&MA national church. The court met for seven hours concerning property issues, and Rev. Yikwa presented his evidence last week. Pray that truth and justice will prevail in the decision made.

Please pray for a church conference in an important area in Papua this week, starting September 26. This is where Alliance people suffered the most intense persecution at the hands of the breakaway group. Thankfully, this abuse has abated considerably. Pray for grace and healing in dealing with the losses and in places of continued opposition.

Taiwan

Intercede for Soo and Hannah Hwang as they begin fall evangelism/discipleship groups. Pray too for strong lay leaders to be developed. Soo and Hannah also praise God for two new men who have begun attending the Qidu Church; pray for their discipleship.

Please pray for Sihhu Church members as they begin a three-week Sunday school teacher training course. Pray for local believers to be well equipped for ministry with a burden to reach children for Christ.

Praise God for a successful surgery last week to repair heart defects of a four-year-old girl to whom Alliance workers Charlie and Mary Dang have ministered. Ask God for full recovery; pray too that the parents will trust in Him during this difficult time.

Rejoice for a group of migrant workers who attended the Dangs’ fellowship and learned about the Christian faith. Most have found employment and transferred to new locations; some have returned to their home countries. Pray that they will continue to consider the claims of Christ and embrace Him as Savior.

Pray for a 19-year-old who is in a coma after a serious motorcycle accident; doctors are giving the family no hope for his survival. His grandparents recently prayed to receive Christ after his grandmother started attending Amazing Grace Church. Pray that God will choose to reveal His glory by miraculously healing this young man. Also, pray for this entire family to experience Christ’s love in this difficult situation and for the discipleship of the grandparents.

Europe/Middle East

Lord, bless those in Europe and the Middle East who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence. Remind them to fix their eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. May they store up for themselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where their treasure is, there their hearts will be also (Psalm 89:15; 2 Corinthians 4:18; Matthew 6:19–21).

Bosnia

Praise God for a great start to a high school film seminar at the Source, a community center run by Alliance international workers. “It has been encouraging to see how much favor we’ve gained with so many local schools,” a team member writes. Pray that filming and editing will go smoothly during the next month. Also, pray for kids’ programs offered at the Source that will begin October 1. Pray as well for good connections with the children and their parents.

The Shadys, an Alliance worker couple, request prayer for their landlords and their family, whose son-in-law, Veso, passed away last Thursday. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and that He will use this for his glory.

Portugal

The Alliance team is seeking to rent a facility in northern Portugal for church services. Pray that the legalities of changing zoning and signing a contract will be settled favorably and that the team will secure and move into this space in October.

Pray for international worker Mike Davis as he coaches an American-style football team of Portuguese young men. Pray that team members will be drawn to Christ and experience transformation through Him.

Praise God that the Valongo public school has approved the teaching of classes in Evangelical Moral and Religious Studies. May this opportunity usher in the Holy Spirit to this school district. Pray too that Christian students in the school will be bold in their witness.

Latin America

Teach the peoples in Latin America Your way, O Lord; lead them in a straight path. Let them fix their eyes on You, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before You endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. You restore our souls. You guide Your children in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake (Psalm 27:11; Hebrews 12:2; Psalm 23:3).

Dominican Republic

Please pray for Dominican young people who attended a recent Youth Encounter. Pray that the commitments they made to Christ will remain firm and that they will become involved in small-group discipleship.

Pray for discipleship classes starting next week in Alianza, a church plant in Punta Cana. Praise the Lord for 10–12 adults and a separate teen class that will begin a Bible study.

Ecuador

Pray for Alliance international workers Jon and Jessie Ritchey, who are involved in training and sending Latin American cross-cultural missionaries. Specifically, pray for Jon and Jessie as they develop curriculum for a new training program and prepare two courses that they will teach in November. Jon will teach in the Ecuadorian seminary’s new missions program, and Jessie will present a course for Latino cross-cultural workers in the Europe/Middle East Region.

North and Central Asia

Dear God, may Your workers in north and central Asia find rest for their souls in You alone; their hope comes from You. Empower them to cast all their anxiety on You because You care for them. Help them to trust in You with all their hearts and lean not on their own understanding. As they acknowledge You in all their ways, You will make their paths straight (Psalm 62:5; 1 Peter 5:7; Proverbs 3:5–6).

United States

Thank You, God, for sending Jesus, who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become Your righteousness. May we continually come near to You with our mouths and honor You with our lips. Keep our hearts close to You. We desire to do Your will; Your law is within our hearts (2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 29:13; Psalm 40:8).

Alliance Youth Ministries

For the last 25 years, See You at the Pole has united students in payer for their generation. This year’s event is this Wednesday, September 28. The theme is We Cry Out, a Generation Seeking Him (Psalm 24:3–6). Pray for participating students to intercede with boldness for their schools, friends, families, churches, and communities.

Central District

Living Hope Church (Medina, Ohio) is starting a youth group for fifth through eighth graders. Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw children to attend and that lives will be changed to the glory of God.

Pray for guidance for Parma (Ohio) Alliance Church members as they consider an alternative location for their prayer meetings since they have outgrown their current meeting place. Intercede also for their protection; they have experienced some spiritual attacks recently.

Pray for an evangelistic parenting study that begins this week at Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church. Pray that the Lord will draw more people and that many will trust in Christ.

Eastern Pennsylvania District

Please continue to pray for Matthew and Tabitha York, pastoral couple at Faith Alliance Church in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. At the end of a vacation in Colorado, Tabitha, who is expecting the couple’s fourth child, was hospitalized in Denver with a potentially serious condition. The baby is OK, but Tabitha must remain in the hospital until she gives birth. Pray for Tabitha’s complete healing and good health for her unborn child. Also, pray for Matthew, who returned home to care for their three small sons, including a 22-month-old.

Great Commission Women

Pray for the Great Commission Women’s National Executive Team as they meet in Colorado Springs September 25–29 for a time of planning and seeking God’s direction. Rejoice for the many lives that have been touched through this group’s prayer ministry and financial support.

Great Lakes District

Continue to pray for Debbie Gowing’s husband, Brian, who had a third surgery last week to remove the same kidney stone. Unfortunately, surgeons were unable to retrieve the stone. Another procedure is scheduled for October 1; pray that it will be successful.

Lao Association

Pray for Mr. Ounkham Oudomlith, interim president, as he ministers to pastors and churches in the United States. Pray for God’s wisdom as he leads the association.

MidAmerica District

Pray for Rev. Robert W. Storey, district superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Their pastoral couples’ retreat is this week.

Please intercede for eastern Iowa churches and their communities as they deal with record rainfall—more than 12 inches in some locations. The Cedar River has pushed past its banks, resulting in mandatory evacuations. Two churches have water in their buildings, and some church members’ homes have flooded. District churches in this area include Osage (Iowa) Alliance Church; Bethany Alliance (Charles City, Iowa); Cedar Point (Nashua, Iowa); and C&MA Church (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Please keep them in prayer.

North Central District

Praise God for strong growth at Living Rock Church (in the city of Norwood Young America, Minnesota), which now offers two services. Pray for God’s continued blessing and favor on this congregation.

Pray for the upcoming Revive Retreat, an event for seniors at Big Sandy Camp and Conference Center in McGregor, Minn. Pray for attendees as they spend time with the Lord, hear teaching from Dr. Bill Kuhn, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.

Intercede for students enrolled in a free, online course Crown College is offering; a certificate in Old Testament history and interpretation can be earned by taking the seven-week program. Pray that many will sign up by the October 9 registration deadline and for lasting spiritual impact.

Rocky Mountain District

Please pray for 170 people gathered in Helena, Montana, for the Rocky Mountain District IGNITE meetings, September 26–29. Pray that official workers and spouses from the five-state region will receive encouragement, refreshment, and inspiration during this event. Keith and Kathy Davis, C&MA National Office chaplain couple, will be the guest speakers.

Western Pennsylvania District

Pray for Rev. David A. Nagel, newly elected district superintendent; he will begin his term January 1.

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