Alliance Prayer Requests
July 18, 2016
Urgent Prayer Requests
Continue to intercede for the people of France after last week’s deadly terrorist attack on a Bastille Day crowd in Nice. Please pray for those who lost loved ones and for healing of the many people who were injured. Except for a church on the western side of Marseilles, there is no Alliance work in the area. In this climate of insecurity, pray for protection of Alliance churches as they share Christ’s love with those seeking answers in the aftermath of this tragedy.
Continue to pray for the Khmer Evangelical Church president, Rev. Sok Sophon, who has had abdominal pain and other concerning symptoms; he has been evaluated by a doctor and is in good spirits. Pray for good test results and for complete healing.
Pray for the people of Turkey in the aftermath of last Friday’s coup, in which more than 200 people were killed when a faction of the armed forces tried to seize power. Pray that amid the political turmoil, hearts will be softened to the truth.
Father, we pray that many peoples in creative-access countries will confess with their mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in their heart that You raised Him from the dead. For it is with our hearts that we believe and are justified, and it is with our mouths that we confess and are saved. May every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to Your glory! When the lost are found, we celebrate with You (Romans 10:9–10; Philippians 2:11; Luke 15: 24).
Pray that building plans for a new hospital will be approved in time for construction of the foundation to begin in August.
We pray that as Your Alliance workers in Africa have been raised with Christ, You will set their hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at Your right hand. May they encourage one another daily so that none may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Let the new believers encourage one another as they await Your return (Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:25).
Pray for good rains this season, as more than 90 percent of Burkina’s pastors farm to supplement their incomes.
Pray for student pastors ministering throughout Burkina during the summer months. Pray especially for Pastor Bene Salif, a Maranatha Bible School student, who works in the village of Dogtalama and has seen many people come to Christ.
Intercede for several pastors in the Bobo District being assigned to new ministries. Pray for lasting spiritual impact from these outreaches.
Pray for Alliance international workers Craig and Marilyn Hanscome as they attend the Home Assignment Ministry Seminar (HAMS) this week and prepare for tour ministry in Alliance churches.
Rejoice for the safe arrival of new team members Scott and Deanna Blackwell! Pray for their smooth adjustment to language study and to life and ministry in Mali.
Continue to pray for students attending the Seven Signs to God study Tuesday evenings at Go Global Mali (GGM), an outreach to professionals. They have asked good questions and are seeking the truth; pray for clear understanding.
Praise God that renovations to GGM’s new building are almost finished; the team is scheduled to receive the keys Wednesday, July 20. Pray for a smooth transition into the new location. Also, pray for safe travel for a team from Christ Community Church in Fort Myers, Florida, that will arrive in Mali Saturday night. They will help with the GGM move as well as interact with students during the week.
Pray that God will provide for the spiritual and physical needs of two Malian doctors studying in Côte d’Ivoire. They will serve in the Hospital for Women and Children in Koutiala, Mali, after their training is complete.
Previously, Alliance people were asked to pray for a young girl undergoing chemotherapy. She is doing better now; thanks to all who prayed! Continue to pray that the necessary medications she needs will be available.
Pray for peace in Mali and safety for Alliance workers there.
Asia and Pacific
Lord, Your Word reminds us that just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. So we ask for an abundance of good deeds to be done by Your servants in the Asia and the Pacific Region. Whatever they do for one of the least of these, they do for You. In the same way, let Your workers’ light shine before men, that they may see their good deeds and praise You in heaven (James 2:20, 26; Matthew 25:40; Matthew 5:16).
Pray for the speedy processing of one-year visas for Garth and Monica, Alliance team members from Canada. They will return to Indonesia in two weeks on temporary visas. Pray also for a clean bill of health for Monica and that God will quickly provide a suitable rental home in Indonesia for hosting neighbors and local colleagues as well as facilitating ease of travel throughout the city.
Intercede for Pilipus Ajang, an Alliance colleague who desires to move this year to a community that is completely unengaged with the gospel.
Praise God for 168 Balinese Hindus in Indonesia who have been baptized in the last 18 months through the ministry of a local worker named Noster. Pray for the believers’ ongoing discipleship.
Please pray for summer day camps being held by many C&MA churches in Taiwan throughout the summer. This week (July 18–22), the Sihhu Church plant will host a team from San Francisco to lead a children’s camp. In Yilan, the Hwangs will conduct a music camp with a team from Hong Kong. Pray for God’s protection of these teams and attendees. Pray too for hearts to be responsive to the gospel and for good connections and follow-up.
Soo and Hannah Hwang are seeking to build relationships in their new community through teaching Korean. Please pray that through these friendships, God will open doors for the message of salvation.
Dear Jesus, help our cherished brothers and sisters in Europe and the Middle East to stand firm. Let nothing move them as they give themselves fully to Your work, because they know that their labor in You is not in vain. You are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Restore to Your servants who are weary the joy of Your salvation, and grant them a willing spirit to sustain them. As they teach the peoples Your ways, may all turn to You (1 Corinthians 15:58; Psalm 103:8; Psalm 51:12–13).
Rejoice for 27 kids who attended English camp at the Source, an Alliance community center! Almost two-thirds were from new families. Pray that many of these parents will send their children to the center’s kids’ programs in the fall.
This week a two-week English camp begins in the Madrid area. Pray God’s protection over the students and the 25 volunteers from North America who will serve as monitors. Pray as well for divine appointments to share their testimonies with local host families with whom they are staying.
In August the Bethany House training center, a ministry to develop young leaders, will hold its second intensive summer missions course for young people from across Spain and Western Europe. Praise the Lord that key renovations to the main building are almost complete; thanks to all who prayed! Pray for the speakers and for the students attending. Ask God for spiritual protection for all who will be involved and for physical health during the demanding, month-long course.
Please continue to pray for the timely approval of visas for the 10 new international workers scheduled to arrive in Spain this summer and fall.
Prince of Peace, You are the sure foundation for our times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. The wisdom of this world is foolishness in Your sight. Help the peoples of Latin America to not be wise in their own eyes but rather fear You and shun evil (Isaiah 33:6; 1 Corinthians 3:19; Proverbs 3:7).
FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology and World Missions)
Pray for Dr. Francisco Cerrón, who is teaching an online course, Christology in the Gospels, during July and August; Dr. Miguel Palomino, teaching Ministry in the Urban Setting, July 18–21 in Lima, Peru; Dr. Walter Perex, teaching Theological Interpretation of Romans, July 25–29 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Prof. Salvador Lizzio, teaching Ministerial Administration, July 18–21 in Temuco, Chile.
North and Central Asia
God, fill Your servants in north and central Asia with the knowledge of Your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Give them the Spirit of revelation so that they and the people they serve may know You better. If any lacks wisdom, we ask that You provide it generously to all without finding fault (Colossians 1:9; Ephesians 1:17; James 1:5).
Rejoice for four church members who were baptized recently! Pray for them as they grow in their faith; also, pray for those who are mentoring and discipling the new believers.
Lord, fill us with the wisdom that comes from heaven—that is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere. We want to be peacemakers who raise a harvest of righteousness. As we hear Your Word and put it into practice, may we be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock (James 3:17–18; Matthew 7:24–25).
Pray for Rev. Raed S. Awabdeh, association president, as he ministers to pastors and churches in the United States. Pray for the development of relevant, effective promotional resources for missions among Arabic-speaking churches.
Pray for safe travel for those attending HAMS (Home Assignment Ministry Seminar), July 20–25 in Colorado Springs. Pray that times of worship, fellowship, and sharing from God’s Word will bring encouragement and refreshment to the international workers.
Pray for Rev. Mony Khiev, district superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches throughout the United States. Pray that God will strengthen discipleship ministries in district congregations.
Pray for a successful Chaplain Training Conference, July 20–24 in Colorado Springs; more than 25 chaplain families will attend.
Intercede for members of Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio, as they seek effective ways to minister to children in a house-church setting. Pray also for wisdom on how to attract more kids and for provision of additional children’s ministry workers, which will allow the pastor’s wife to participate in the worship gathering.
Pray for an evangelistic soccer camp, July 26–30 at Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church. Pray that many will attend and realize their need for a personal relationship with Christ.
Pray for preparations for a ministry fair by Hope Community Church in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, in early August. Pray that it will equip and encourage many believers to find more ways to engage and participate in what God is doing.
North Central District
Pray for Katy and Mark Brennan, food service directors at Big Sandy Camp in McGregor, Minnesota, and for their youngest daughter, Sarah, who will undergo kidney surgery in mid-July and spine surgery August 8. Pray that both major surgeries will be successful and for a smooth, comfortable recovery. Pray for the Brennans and their family as they navigate all the details of these procedures.
Pray for Pastor Greg Weaver of Sisseton (South Dakota) Alliance as he grieves the death of his brother and travels to Missouri to officiate at the memorial service. May Greg’s family receive comfort and hope as he tells them about Jesus.
Pastor Sileshi Tesfaye praises God that 15 people were saved and one man healed at a conference hosted by Eagle Christian Worship Center International, an Alliance congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pray for an upcoming outreach to members of an unreached people group and for a neighborhood English Bible study.
Intercede for the junior- and senior-high camp at Delta Lake Bible Camp in Rome, New York, July 17–23. Pray that the students will grow in their faith as a result of this ministry.
Spanish Eastern District
Praise the Lord for momentum and growth in several district churches! Pray for an increased commitment to tithing among members in several fledgling churches.
Pray that God will provide a bilingual pastor for a district church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pray also for other churches in need of pastors: Bradenton and Jacksonville, Florida; and Bronx, Attorney Street, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, New York. Pray also for an assistant pastor at El Encuentro Con Dios Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Pray for Aracely and Amilcar, Alliance church members who are grieving a recent miscarriage.
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