Alliance Prayer Requests

February 21, 2017

Urgent Prayer Requests

Central Pacific District

Continue to pray for the people in the Oroville, California, area as heavy downpours through Wednesday are likely to test repairs to the Oroville Dam spillway. Storms last week forced an evacuation of about 200,000 people downstream from Lake Oroville due to the threat of the dam breaking. The evacuation was eventually lifted, but more storms are expected. Pray for Alliance churches in the area that are helping to provide relief as needed.

Creative-Access Countries

Heavenly Father, You are our hiding place. You protect our workers in creative-access countries from trouble and surround them with songs of deliverance. Help them to have no fear of bad news but have steadfast hearts, trusting in You. In You their hearts are secure, and they will have no fear. We rejoice that in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. Surely the mighty waters rising against Your people will not reach them (Psalm 112:7–8; Psalm 32:6–7).

Pray for a one-day retreat February 24 at a young church plant that will focus on evangelism. Intercede for leaders as they help plan the event and for God to work in the hearts of attendees. Pray specifically that they will gain helpful tools to share their faith effectively.

Pray that during Sunday evening language clubs for central Asians, relationships will be built and strengthened and that hearts will be receptive to the gospel.

Pray for a team’s NGO registration application details to come together so that members can submit all the paperwork soon and be approved.

Pray that God will use two weeks of peacemaking training in the lives of participants, reshaping their thinking and relationships to bring glory to His name.

Africa

Dear God, Your Word says all who hope in You are to be strong and take heart. The righteous cry out, and You hear them; You deliver them from all their troubles. Thank You that You are close to the brokenhearted in Africa and that You save those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but You deliver him from them all (Psalm 31:24; Psalm 34:17–19).

Burkina Faso

Intercede for Joseph and Maria Howard as they lead missions conferences during the next few weeks, training lay leaders in evangelizing five unreached people groups in their area.

Pray for a spirit of unity during a leadership development seminar this week for national church district committees.

Intercede for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome as they hold Bible storytelling workshops at the two Alliance Bible schools; pray for swift, effective application of this training among students.

Pray for members of the Bobo team as they consider key ministry opportunities and where to invest the team toward advancing the gospel.

Gabon

Intercede for Bintou, Wendy Hofman’s eyeglass clinic resident from Cameroon, who is currently in the States raising support and applying for U.S. citizenship; the process is taking longer than expected. Pray for favor so that Bintou can return to Gabon and continue her training.

Mali

Please pray for a young girl with a large facial mass who is being treated at the Hospital for Women and Children. She has been attending a new church plant, and her family members are not yet believers. Pray for her physical healing and growth in the Lord; pray also that through her care at the hospital, the family will come to know Christ.

Pray for good health for Samuel and Jennifer Hahn, currently in language school, who have been battling colds and illnesses. Also, this month they hope to receive their daughter Felicity’s passport; pray that the administrative process goes smoothly. The family also requests prayer for a deepening intimacy with Jesus during these days.

Intercede for Kaitlyn Stewart as she completes the school year and for rest and strength to finish her year in Mali.

Pray for two women prisoners who are learning the Bible through oral storytelling. Also, intercede for an end to a judges’ strike, which makes it difficult for these women and others.

Pray for two young girls in the Hands of Honor program, an outreach to domestic workers, who come from troubled homes. One of them is greatly suffering. Pray that she will continue to make good choices despite her troubles.

Pray for Rob Douglas, Western Pennsylvania District missions mobilizer, who will visit Mali in March. Praise God for deepening the connection between the work in Mali and the district.

Pray for provision of a teacher for international workers’ children next year.

Pray for Muyuhan, a new house girl, who is quite homesick and has tried to run away. Pray that Alliance workers will know how to help her.

Rejoice that Coulibaly, a CAMA fish farm employee, has made a profession of faith in Jesus. Pray for courage to boldly live out his new faith.

Pray for the security situation in Mali. A recent kidnapping near an Alliance team based in the south has created a heightened sense of caution. Pray against anxiety and fear and for God’s protection. Also, intercede for the swift release of Gloria, the woman who was abducted.

Intercede for a full recovery for a worker on home assignment who has been ill.

Pray for meaningful conversations with visitors at a community center.

Asia/Pacific

Holy Spirit, the harvest is plentiful in the Asia and Pacific Region, but the workers are few. Lord, send out workers into Your harvest field. Then whoever drinks the water You give will never thirst. Indeed, the water You give becomes a spring of water welling up to eternal life (Luke 10:2; John 4:14).

Cambodia

Pray for preparations for the Khmer Evangelical National Church (KEC) Conference, March 28–30 in Phnom Penh and the KEC National Youth Conference, April 7–9, in Thmor Koal.

Japan

Pray for the three Alliance gospel choirs resuming this week and for David and Evangeline Kindervater as they lead them. Most participants are not yet believers; pray for open hearts to the gospel.

Praise God for raising up another pastor, Arthur Rouzer, in Japan! Pray for him as he is ordained February 26 at the Shibuya Alliance Church. Pray for God to call more believers into pastoral ministry.

Pray for Nghi and Jessica Tran as they study Japanese. Rejoice for the progress they have made and for the many friends God has given them in their neighborhood.

Taiwan

Intercede for Taiwan’s Vietnamese diaspora ministries, which Charlie and Mary Dang oversee. Specifically, pray for the core group of female believers to have confidence to assume more ministry responsibilities. Also, pray that Charlie and Mary will be able to remain connected through social media with immigrant workers who either move on to new jobs in other locations or return to their home countries. Pray that the Dangs will have opportunities to nurture the believers in their faith.

Europe/Middle East

Lord, You are gracious, righteous, and full of compassion for Your workers in Europe and the Middle East, like a shepherd with His sheep. Let them not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time they will reap a harvest if they do not give up (Psalm 116:5; Matthew 9:36; Galatians 6:9).

France

Praise God for two people who committed their lives to Christ at the Bordeaux-Mérignac Alliance church recently. Intercede for growth in their newfound faith. Pray also for Todd and Terri Althaus as they lead this vibrant young church.

Pray for members of EPI (Eglise Protestante Internationale), a church in a suburb of Toulouse, as they celebrate their ninth anniversary in March. It’s also the month that the new French pastor will begin his responsibilities. “These are exciting, challenging days as this church moves ahead in this transition,” write Brad and Tina Reynolds, who are mentoring the new pastoral couple. Intercede for a smooth adjustment.

“Workers and revival remain our hearts’ cry as mentoring groups begin in the Paris area as well as Toulouse,” writes Brad Reynolds. These gatherings are the result of a recent Soul Care weekend with Dr. Rob Reimer. Intercede for these young leaders as they go deeper in their relationship with God. Pray for the development of men and women who are able to teach important principles to their churches that will lead to healthy souls.

Spain

This week the regional Alliance World Fellowship executive committee for Europe and the Middle East will meet in Spain. They will gather in Alicante to visit Bethany House and observe its ministries. Please pray for God’s blessing on this important planning meeting.

Pray for Alliance churches in Spain when they gather in Madrid for their annual assembly, February 24–25. Intercede for God’s direction in this important business meeting, and pray for Pastor Juan Zúñiga as he leads the event.

Pray for a local pastoral couple in Madrid, Fernando Castro and his wife, María Julia, and their two children. Last Wednesday they were sent to London to plant a church among Spanish-speaking immigrants. Pray for financial provision, spiritual direction, and lasting impact for this ministry in cooperation with the C&MA of Great Britain.

Latin America

Father, remind Your children in Latin America to not lose heart. Though outwardly they are wasting away, inwardly they are being renewed day by day. Christ has set them free so they might have freedom. Help them to stand firm then and not let themselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (2 Corinthians 4:16; Galatians 5:1).

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

Intercede for Dr. Israel Mandujano, teaching Cultural Anthropology this week in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, and for Dr. Alberto Gandini, teaching an online course: Counseling in the Urban Setting.

Pray for Pastor Joel Konno teaching Paul’s Theology of the Cross this and next month in Sao Paul, Brazil.

Pray for the many professors preparing to teach in several South American cities next month.

Mexico

Continue to intercede for Steve Zopfi as he recovers from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, which had invaded his left lung and the pericardial sac surrounding his heart. Pray for complete healing and that he will learn how to swallow correctly to avoid aspiration, which could lead to pneumonia. Pray also for his wife, Debbie, and the rest of the family during this challenging time.

North and Central Asia

Dear Jesus, draw the peoples in north and central Asia to set You apart as Lord in their hearts. Help Your workers to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks them to give the reason for the hope that they have. You who supply seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase their store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of their righteousness (1 Peter 3:15; 2 Corinthians 9:10–11).

United States

O Lord, You are our God; we will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things planned long ago. In You we trust; let us not be afraid (Isaiah 25:1; Psalm 56:11).

National Office

Pray for preparations for Alliance Council: for teams working on the planning and logistics; for the many speakers and presenters as they prepare their minds and spirits to minister to the Alliance family; for God to have His way; and for wisdom and discernment to hear His voice during this gathering.

Alliance Youth Office

Pray for God’s anointing on the Next Ministry Conference in Orlando, Florida, February 25. This one-day training organized by Alliance Youth and Crown College has the goal of training those who equip next-gen followers. Intercede for lasting Kingdom impact.

Arabic-Speaking Association

Pray for Rev. Raed S. Awabdeh, president, as he ministers to pastors and churches. Pray that the association can strategically plant community centers among Arabic-speaking communities across the United States.

Central District

Intercede for Rev. Jeffrey Miller, district superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches in West Virginia and Ohio. Pray for the ministry of Envision Cleveland, the Refugee Impact Collaborative, and nearly a dozen Alliance churches and ministries working together to reach the broader Cleveland, Ohio, area for the Lord.

Pray for the New Day Family Resource Center, which is connected to the Sandusky (Ohio) Life Church. This ministry to single parents provides tools and resources to help promote emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Pray for God’s provision of a new director for this outreach.

God has given members of Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church many opportunities to minister to their community through tutoring and teaching English classes. Pray that God will move in the hearts of believers to volunteer for this outreach.

Central Pacific District

Pray for Encounter, the district conference, February 20–22. Pray that the district will be united in worship, fellowship, and vision.

Church Multiplication

Next Sunday, February 26, is Church-Planting Sunday! Pray that many Alliance churches will catch the vision to plant a new church in another community to reach lost people. Pray that God will call more Alliance church planters and provide insight as to how all C&MA people can give support and encouragement to a church plant and church planter.

North Central District

Intercede for Rev. John Cherico, pastor at Creekside Community Church in Arlington, Minnesota, and his family (four grown children) as they continue the grieving process after his wife, Deb, passed away six months ago.

Rev. Chad Rose, pastor at Living Hope Alliance (Huron, South Dakota), requests prayer for God’s comfort and strength for the congregation after a time of loss. They have had 14 funerals since September, and 11 have been for church members.

Pray for a men’s retreat at Big Sandy Camp in McGregor, Minnesota, February 24. May participants be open to the Lord’s leading, and may He speak to them through interactions with each other and through the speaker.

Rev. Kevin Hercula and his wife, Brenda, praise God for providing a miracle last week just before medical staff were ready to remove Brenda’s temporary hip, which would have been a fifth surgery. God’s healing hand touched Brenda and moved her from a critical state to one of good health, renewed wholeness, and the ability to return home. Thanks to all who prayed!

Rocky Mountain District

Intercede for an anointed, encouraging Rocky Mountain District Men’s Advance, February 24–26, in Billings, Montana. May hearts be softened toward Christ.

Western Pennsylvania District

Pray for Rev. Rock Dillaman (pastor at Allegheny Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), and his wife Karen, after the sudden passing of their daughter, Shannon. Pray for God’s peace and comfort in the days and months ahead.

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