Alliance Prayer Requests

September 15, 2014.

Urgent Prayer Requests

West Africa

Continue to pray that God will stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The World Health Organization has recorded 4,293 cases of the virus in five West African countries, according to a report by Reuters. (The WHO had no new figures for Liberia.) In early September, “a third U.S. missionary infected with the disease, Dr. Rick Sacra, was flown out of Liberia for treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha,” said the report. He has shown “remarkable improvement” after receiving a plasma infusion from U.S. Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly and an experimental drug. Alliance international workers continue to provide Ebola-awareness training classes and share the love and compassion of Christ within a context of “panic and uncertainty” in West Africa.

Pray that God will heal those who are infected and comfort people who have lost loved ones. Pray, too, for the safety of medical workers who are caring for the sick, protection for Alliance international staff, and wisdom for officials in dealing with this crisis. Additionally, pray that hearts will be open to the gospel and believers will be ready to share the hope they have in Christ.

Middle East

Pray that the Lord will bring an end to separate conflicts in the Middle East, including Iraq, where thousands of religious minorities have fled persecution and genocide from Islamic State militants. The Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon has released an urgent appeal to evangelical and protestant churches and organizations worldwide to pray about the tragic events unfolding in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Pray for God’s swift hand of intervention as well as protection of Christian workers and national believers. Also, pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the people who live amid the violence and for lasting peace through the power of the gospel.

Praise God that the 9/11 anniversary date passed without a major incident that may have adversely impacted Alliance international workers or their ministries. Although hostilities continue throughout the region, Alliance workers are safe, continue to monitor developments, and exercise appropriate caution. Opportunities to share the good news are many, and hurting people are listening. Continue to pray for God’s protection of Alliance workers in this part of the world. Also, pray for new team members who are scheduled to arrive next week in one area. Pray for safe travel, smooth transitions, and quick assimilation to the culture. Pray that people living in fear will be receptive to the gospel and choose to trust Jesus.

Russia/Ukraine

Continue to pray for a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which has resulted in a refugee crisis. “Six people were killed in shelling in Ukraine’s rebel-held city of Donetsk on Sunday, municipal authorities said on Monday, putting further strain on a 10-day ceasefire between government forces and Russian-backed separatists,” according to a report by Reuters on Monday. Pray for members of the Alliance national partner church as they house, feed, and clothe those fleeing to Russia. Opportunities to share the gospel with refugees abound; pray that they will be drawn to the Savior.

Creative-Access Countries

Remember creative-access country (CAC) workers around the world. Pray for protection, good health, and opportunities to share the good news. Pray that contacts will be drawn to Jesus. Pray that God will break down strongholds and give courage and boldness to national believers.

Pray for a ministry trip this week to orphans, people with physical and mental disabilities, and others in need. Pray that God’s light will shine brightly through this outreach and that hearts will be drawn to Him.

Pray for God’s blessing on a ministry that trains and mentors pastors for bi-vocational work. Pray for the international workers involved as they experience a time of transition and redefining of this ministry.

Pray for members of a new church-planting team as they meet for prayer and planning. Pray that God will provide national leaders to be part of this future church plant.

Pray for a business that trains and develops pastors bi-vocationally. Pray for open doors with companies interested in the product and for those whom God is leading to this business for training.

Pray for a worker couple who are adjusting to life in a different city. Pray for them as they make new contacts and develop their ministry. Also, pray that God will resolve several health issues this family is facing.

Pray that the government will reduce the fee for a worker’s medical license application.

Pray for God’s direction during team leadership meetings this week. Also, pray for spiritual breakthroughs and a fresh anointing of His Spirit.

Africa

Burkina Faso

Pray for participants of a National Pastors’ Conference this week in Bobo-Dioulasso. Also, pray for God’s anointing on the speakers.

Pray for a smooth recruitment process for Lycee Maranatha. Pray for the director and teachers as they prepare for a new school year.

Pray for smooth project development in the Comoe region, especially for the wise placement of wells and construction of church structures for new congregations.

Pray for Andrew and Esther Schaeffer during their home assignment in Ohio.

Gabon

Praise God; as of the end of August, more than 1,000 people have accepted Christ this year through the work at Bongolo Hospital. Pray that He will provide good Christian fellowship for these new believers when they return to their homes.

Guinea (CAMA)

Last Friday, Stephen Albright presented an Ebola awareness seminar to local civil and religious leaders. He prepared hand-washing buckets to give as gifts at all the meeting locations. Pray that as a result of this outreach, doors will open to build relationships in the community. Also, pray for wisdom in how best to follow up and for which relationships to pursue.

Mali

Praise the Lord for a good beginning of this year’s third trimester at Go Global Mali (GGM). “We have 12 classes filled with students and three interns working alongside our regular staff,” the Roeddings write. Pray for opportunities to share with students about spiritual truths. Also, pray that God will provide two interns for January until April to help teach at GGM.

Pray for Hope Center, an Alliance outreach that is in need of property. Last week, the government announced a moratorium on land grants until next February after mayoral elections. “We were just on the verge of getting things worked out with the help of a believing government official,” Alliance workers write. Pray for God’s favor and intervention.

Pray for JP and Judy Schultz as they prepare for their first Bambara language exam.

Asia and Pacific

Cambodia

Pray for a speedy recovery for David Manfred, who suffered bruised ribs in a van accident. Praise God that none of the 15 passengers were seriously injured.

Indonesia

Thanks to all who prayed for meetings in Hong Kong by Alliance churches in the Asia and Pacific Region and for the reconciliation ministries held alongside of these meetings for the church in Papua. The leaders reported that they came away being willing to forgive. Pray for the next steps in the process, which will take place in Indonesia during the next several months.

Pray for preparations for an evangelistic outreach hosted by Team Joshua, an Alliance youth ministry, in late September.

Japan

Praise God; more than 100 people attended an Alliance family camp. The Lord spoke clearly through the messages and prayer times. There is strong unity among Alliance churches in Japan; pray for His empowerment and blessing in their ministries.

Pray for Don Schaeffer as he returns stateside to visit his father, whose cancer has recurred. Pray for God’s healing touch and for comfort and peace for the family.

Taiwan

Pray for a speedy recovery for Recab Dang, who was hospitalized following a severe hot water burn.

Pray for Don Kramer as he travels home to be with his father, who is in hospice care.

Praise God for a positive and encouraging Strategic Field Review last week. Also, pray for smooth implementation of any recommendations.

Europe/Middle East

France

Pray for members of EPI, a young church in a suburb of Toulouse that has sought to purchase their building for almost a year and a half. The obstacles have been many and the progress slow. A few months ago, they received word that they needed additional funds for a mortgage, so they prayed. Recently, a generous gift provided the exact sum for which the church members were praying. “Give thanks to God!” writes Brad Reynolds, who leads this vibrant congregation with his wife, Tina. Pray that they will find a bank to give them a mortgage and be able to move toward buying the facility.

Pray for Ray and Carol Simon as they lead a young church in Limoges that seeks to be officially formed in the eyes of the government. Pray for trained leaders, commitment among church members, and provision of another meeting location.

Ask the Lord to send out workers into His harvest field. Pray that revival will come to the French Church and specifically French Alliance churches.

Germany

Pray that God will provide teams/individuals to help with Ben and Sarah Carey’s English day camp (February 2015) and summer English camps (August 2015). Also, pray for His direction in all the preparations.

Portugal

Praise the Lord for bringing a new player to the American-style football team that Mike Davis coaches. Thanks to all who prayed! Also, praise God for a hamburger bash that Mike hosted for the team on Saturday. Some great spiritual discussions with the 30 young men took place during the evening. Two players picked up free New Testaments. Pray that God’s Spirit will move among the team members and that they will understand His Word.

Pray for an upcoming book club that an international worker is initiating. A neighbor, who is a philosophy professor and an atheist, is interested in participating. Pray for this person and others who may be interested in joining. Also, pray for opportunities to share spiritual truth during the conversations that will take place.

Spain

This week, a regional conciliation training workshop will be held in the Madrid area. Thirty international workers and pastors from Spain, France, Germany, and Bosnia Herzegovina will participate. Pray for Gary Friesen, director of Alliance Conciliation Ministries in the United States, and a team of U.S. facilitators who will provide the training, September 16–19. The goal is to equip leaders who in turn can take this training to their respective countries and churches.

Pray for the financial needs of Alliance pastors and churches in Spain. The ongoing economic crisis has made it quite difficult for local congregations to meet their budgets and related obligations. Pray for God’s mighty provision.

Latin America

Dominican Republic

Pray for Alianza, the Alliance church in Punta Cana, during a special weekend campaign with Puerto Rico’s District Superintendent Luís Felipa, September 19–21. Pray that new people from the community will respond to the gospel message.

Pray for couples who are being invited to the next Marriage Encounter in the House of Blessing Alliance Church, October 17–19. Pray that God will draw couples He has in mind, specifically those who are seeking Him for help for their marriage and for eternal life.

FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology and World Missions)

Praise God for an enthusiastic group of students who met with Dr. Francisco Cerron last week in Temuco, Chile, to study Ethical Dilemmas in the Ministry.

Pray for Professor Martin Ocaña and his students as they study Pauline Theology of the Cross this week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Pray for Dr. Walter Pérez as he prepares to teach Christology in the Gospels at the end of this month in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

United States

Church Ministries

Pray for the following District Conferences: Southeastern, September 15–17, and Southwestern, September 29–October 1.

Pray for six new district superintendents: Doug Conley, Mid-Atlantic District; Ray Van Gilst, Central Pacific District; Mony Khiev, Cambodian; David Linn, Northeastern District; Terry Smith, Eastern Pennsylvania District; and Jerry Soung, Hmong District. Pray for them as they transition into their new positions. They will attend a New DS Orientation at the National Office, October 6–10.

Pray for the selection of two part-time Candidate Development (CDO) campus representatives.

Pray for the staffing of the Alliance Peacemaking Ministries Office.

Mid-Atlantic District

Pray for Mrs. Yenory Orozco, the new office administrator at the Mid-Atlantic District. Yenory’s husband, Julio, is pastor at the Hispanic Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Montgomery Village, Maryland. Also, pray for Ivy Panacopoulos, current office administrator, as she prepares to retire in a few weeks.

North Central District

Continue to pray for Eldora Huffman (former Alliance international worker and the wife of retired pastor Terry Huffman). Eldora has battled cancer for some time. After receiving news that it is progressing rapidly, the Huffmans learned that a new chemo drug is available with fewer expected side effects. They are thankful to God for this alternative. Pray for complete healing.

South Pacific District

Pray for preparations for the South Pacific District youth pastors’ retreat in Rancho Mirage, California, September 22–24. Pray that each youth pastor and leader in attendance will be refreshed and encouraged.

The Great Commission Fund

The Alliance is answering God’s clear call to create access to the gospel in parts of the world where little or no access exists. Prayer is essential in helping to achieve this goal. Giving is also critical in placing and keeping global staff in key unreached locations throughout the world. Please pray that Alliance people will give generously to the Great Commission Fund to sustain and expand this vital work.

Praise and Prayer

The next Alliance Praise & Prayer event will be held at Christ Community Church in Omaha, NE on October 30, 2014. Join the greater Alliance family either in person or live via Web stream.

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