Alliance Prayer Requests
June 29, 2015
Urgent Prayer Requests
North and Central Asia, Europe/Middle East
Pray for all who were affected by last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France, and Kuwait. Pray that God will comfort those who lost family and friends and protect these nations from further violence; pray too that many people in these nations will come to know Jesus.
In addition, at least 145 civilians were reported killed by Islamic State militants in northern Syria last week. Pray for an end to the bloodshed and for lasting peace through the power of the gospel.
We thank You, Father, that You are with us; You fight our battles for us. As we revere Your name, Your angels surround and deliver us. We pray that You will send Your angels to our workers in creative-access countries so that they may stand against evil wherever it thrives. Thank You, Jesus, for disarming the authorities of darkness by triumphing over them through Your death on the cross. Help us to remember that Your Word is powerful and can demolish the evil one when he crosses our path (2 Chronicles 32:8; Psalm 34:7; Ephesians 6:11, 17; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 4:12).
Please pray that visas will be processed for a family planning to return to the field this month and for another heading back in August. Pray also for good transitions.
O God our Father, our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for the work You have been doing in Africa. You are the LORD who remains forever faithful. You set prisoners free and heal the eyes of the blind. We ask You today to continue that healing work among Your people so that they will be opened to Your Word and their physical and spiritual needs will be met. May Your peace increase in our lives and be evident in all that we do. We trust You at all times and throw our burdens at Your feet (Psalm 62:8, Psalm 46:1–2, 1 Peter 5:10, Hebrews 4:16, Psalm 146, Psalm 147:3–5).
FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)
Thanks to all who prayed for FATEAC’s board meetings last week and for the closing service on Sunday. “We praise God for a good meetings and a good academic year,” said Alliance international worker Ron Julian. Continue to pray for graduates and their families as they return home (some to other countries) and resume ministries. Please begin praying for next year’s students and their families as they prepare for the upcoming academic year.
Randy and Deanna Harrison’s daughter Christy and her family have been visiting for a week. Pray for Christy, and her husband, Peter, as they travel this week and then transition to a new ministry location.
Pray for Jeter and Laura Livingston and their daughter Aimee as they move out of their home this week and prepare to return to the States on July 16 for home assignment and then retirement. Pray for Jeter’s health, as he has not been feeling well.
In Guinea, where Alliance international workers serve alongside the national church, Ebola deaths have decreased but are holding steady at around 10–15 cases per week. The Alliance national church, in partnership with CAMA, continues to reach out to Ebola survivors. “As a result of seeing Jesus’ love in action, some churches have doubled and villages that had strongly opposed believers now welcome the church,” a worker couple writes. Pray for an end to the virus and new opportunities to share God’s love with those affected by the outbreak.
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
O LORD, We pray that You would continue to protect and heal Your people. If You do not heal, we will not be discouraged because, You, our God, are always with us and will never forsake us. We will stand firm and see the deliverance of the LORD, whether through healing of the soul or the body (Jeremiah 33:6, Joshua 1:9, Deuteronomy 31:8, 2 Chronicles 20:17).
Thanks to all who prayed last week for Kandi Lay’s recovery from dengue fever; she is feeling much better and has resumed her normal ministry schedule. Praise God for His healing touch! Also, thank the LORD for providing a new staff member to assume the responsibilities of the project manager in Poipet who is resigning.
Pray for complete healing for Barry Jordan, who is suffering from pinched nerves in his back, resulting in weakened muscles. Pray that he will be able to see the doctor who performed his three back surgeries and that a fourth operation will not be necessary.
Pray for Mary McElhone’s adult son, Jonathan, whose heart is being monitored by doctors. Mary is grateful that Jonathan is receiving care from one of the top cardiologists in Dallas, Texas—“and even more, that we have a direct line with the Great Physician!” she writes. Pray for Jonathan to receive complete healing.
We pray, Father, that You will spread Your protection over Your people in Europe and the Middle East so that those who love You can rejoice in You. We will not cease to sing of the joy that You have given to us. We will not be discouraged for You will deliver our enemies to us. We will be strong and courageous for we know that You will not forsake us. (Psalm 5:11, Joshua 8:1, 1 Chronicles 28:20).
“Watching the headlines, we can get discouraged by how [this region] seems to be falling apart,” an Alliance worker writes. “However, in many cities, more people are coming to [the LORD] than ever before.” Specifically, intercede for a national partner who has requested prayer for protection, along with sustained openness to the gospel, including among members of ISIS.
Continue to pray for the thousands of refugees in this region who have lost loved ones, homes, and possessions and have no hope for the future. Ask God to reveal Himself to them through the love demonstrated by believers as well as through dreams and visions of Jesus. “Pray for the countries that have taken in displaced people, as their presence has strained the resources and stability of these already struggling nations,” Alliance team members write. “Also, ask for wisdom for believers, that they will be brave and loving as they become the Son’s hands and feet to the millions affected by this conflict.”
Intercede for a couple who will relocate to another country to minister in a community center through ESL and a school program for refugee children. “Please pray for our future students—that God will reveal Himself to them and give them lasting hope,” the couple writes.
Pray for English camp outreaches in Madrid and Granada this week. Near Madrid the event will minister to about 100 children and their families. Pray for the 30 volunteer monitors who have come from North America to help with this outreach and will be in living with local Spanish families. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in and through the monitors and the international workers leading this ministry. It will continue both this week and next.
Please continue to pray for God’s healing touch on Betsy, an Alliance international worker who recently fell and suffered a hairline fracture of the pelvis.
We proclaim that You, O God, are the one exalted over all the nations and that Your purposes alone will prevail. You are drawing the people in Latin America closer to You. Empower Alliance workers in this region to convey the hope of the gospel to those around them. May the light of Jesus shine through these workers so that people who do not know You will turn from their ways and glorify You, Father (Psalm 113:4, Proverbs 19:21, Matthew 5:16).
Pray for God’s anointing on the Alliance national church’s children’s camp, July 3–5. Pray that many youngsters will accept Jesus as their Savior. Also pray for the director, Jessica, and the team of young people who will serve as camp counselors and facilitators.
Pray for members of a short-term team from Ridgeway Alliance in New York who will minister in Santo Domingo, July 3–11. They will be working with children, playing basketball with community youth, and helping with construction of a new church building.
“More than a year ago, we asked for prayer for Julio, that he would truly come to know Jesus as his Savior,” Tim and Janice Greenfield write. Since then, Julio has struggled with a serious illness but has accepted Christ. John Howard, pastor of Strong Tower church, baptized Julio on Father’s Day. “Thank you for praying with us,” the Greenfields add. Praise the LORD for this answer to prayer, and pray that Julio will grow in faith and experience complete physical healing.
NORTH AND CENTRAL ASIA
We pray, Father, that You will soften the hearts of the people in North and Central Asia. Strengthen Alliance workers in this vast region that they will be able to experience the fullness of Your Spirit. Empower them to live victoriously for Jesus Christ and boldly speak Your Word. Teach them what to say through the promptings of Your Spirit and strengthen them to take the gospel to those who do not know You (John 14:26, Romans 8:26–27, Ezekiel 36:26, Acts 1:8, Acts 4:31, Luke 12:12).
Pray for Alliance team members as they adjust to shifts in field leadership.
Pray for Dennis Maves, retired international worker to Mongolia, as he continues to recover from a cornea transplant. Specifically, pray against infection and rejection of the cornea, as well as for improved eyesight.
God our Father, we proclaim Your love and faithfulness all day long, for You are the One who makes us glad. Open our eyes to see the works of Your hands and help us to sing songs of Your praise, for You are worthy. Forgive us for allowing our hearts to be captured by the cares of this world instead of by You and Your greatness. May we be found singing in the tribulations that we face. We know that You are able to do immeasurably more than we could ever imagine and we will forever praise Your holy name (Psalm 92:1–4, Psalm 89:1–2, Ephesians 3:20, Psalm 100:4, Psalm 90:17, Romans 12:2, Acts 16).
Pray for the following District Conferences: Vietnamese, July 3–7; Cambodian, July 14–18; and Great Lakes, July 26–29. The Association of Montagnard Churches and the Chinese Churches Association will also host their annual meetings in July.
Pray that God will be glorified and participants will develop a deeper love for His Word during the 2015 International Bible Quizzing event at Crown College, July 6–10.
Pray for final preparations for the Home Assignment Ministries Seminar (HAMS) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 8–13. Also, pray for the more than 100 international workers and staff who will participate.
Pray for members of Christ Community Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, as they commit the month of July to equip their congregation with evangelism techniques.
Ohio Valley District
Pray for Rev. David Klinsing and his wife, Tassie, as they mourn the passing of David’s mother, Helen Kroon, earlier this month. Also, pray as they are in the midst of moving the district office to a new location and transitioning to a new superintendent, Rev. T. Edwin Mangham, in August.
North Central District
Christ Community Church in Excelsior, Minnesota, will soon celebrate its 10-year anniversary of the merger of two churches. Many former members and friends are coming to rejoice with the congregation about what God has been doing in and through their Body.
Praise God! Members of Living Rock Church in Norwood Young America, Minnesota, hosted a bonfire to burn their mortgage papers on June 25 to mark the final sale of their property. Their “pray down the debt campaign” has taught the congregation to live by faith and trust in God. Pray as they seek guidance from the LORD for the next steps in their ministry.
The Alliance Southeast District
Please pray for Rev. Harry (Hap) Arnold, former district superintendent, whose wife Hazel passed away on Saturday.
The Great Commission Fund
Thank you for serving Jesus by praying for Alliance ministries around the world. As you intercede, please ask that God’s people will give generously to the Great Commission Fund, which sends our global teams to communities that desperately need His peace and redemption. From regions 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 dark places on earth.
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