Alliance Prayer Requests

May 22, 2017

Because of the Memorial Day holiday and the gathering of Alliance Council in Columbus, Ohio, next week’s prayer requests will be released on Tuesday, May 30, and will focus primarily on prayer for Council.

 

Creative-Access Countries

Lord, remind Your workers in creative-access countries that You, the mighty warrior who saves, are with them. You take great delight in them and rejoice over them with singing. Be their sun and shield; bestow favor and honor upon them. Help them to live by faith and not by sight. Let them serve You with the strength You provide so that in all things You may be praised through Your Son, Jesus Christ (Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 84:11; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 4:11).

Africa

Father, remind Your workers in Africa not to be afraid, for You are with them. Let them be glad and rejoice in Your love, knowing You have seen their afflictions and understand the anguish of their souls. Help them humble themselves under Your mighty hand and cast all their anxiety on You because You care for them. Do not let them be afraid or discouraged, for You, the Lord, are with them (Psalm 118:6; Psalm 31:7; 1 Peter 5:6–7; 1 Chronicles 28:20).

Burkina Faso

Intercede for recent graduates from the Poundou and Maranatha Bible schools as they begin pastoral ministries.

Pray for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome during their extensive travel schedule. Ask God to strengthen them and give them lasting impact from their storytelling ministry.

Pray for Bobo District pastors’ wives as they gather for a day of prayer and fasting; specifically, pray for unity and spiritual discernment as they petition the Lord.

Esther and Andrew Schaeffer request prayer for their sons, David and Stephen, as they graduate from medical school and begin residencies. Pray that God will empower them with all spiritual wisdom.

FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)

Praise God for a successful symposium last week addressing the theme “The Church, Citizenship, and Ethnicity in Post-Colonial Africa.” There was good participation, with attendees from Côte d’Ivoire and several other countries (the presenters came from six different nations). Pray that the ideas discussed will have lasting spiritual impact on those who participated.

Pray for FATEAC faculty and students during the remaining three weeks of second semester classes; pray especially that all will finish well. Also, intercede for graduating seniors, who are making plans with their church leaders to reintegrate into ministry. Pray too for expatriate students as they prepare to return to their home countries with their families.

Mali

Please continue to intercede for pediatric cancer patients at the Women and Children’s Hospital. Pray that as their families hear about God’s love while at the hospital, their hearts will be softened toward Him.

As Ramadan approaches, pray for members of the majority religion who are questioning their faith. May the Holy Spirit lead them to others who were once seekers but found Christ.

Pray for stamina for Alliance workers as they endure temperatures reaching 115 degrees. Ask God to send rain to replenish low water levels and grow food.

Asia/Pacific

God, bless Your workers in Asia/Pacific abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that they need, they will abound in every good work. Help them to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Strengthen them with all power according to Your glorious might so that they will have great endurance and patience. Let them not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time they will reap a harvest if they do not give up (2 Corinthians 9:8; Romans 12:12; Colossians 1:11; Galatians 6:9).

Indonesia

Rejoice that Peter and Anne Marie received their permits to remain in Indonesia; pray for them as they continue language study. Andy and Lora Brake’s permits were renewed as well; pray for them as they prepare to return to the States for home assignment.

Pray for Chris and Amy Luthy, new Makassar team members from Australia. Pray that their visa application will be sent to Singapore within the next two months, before their 60-day visa expires.

Pray for good health for Jaffray Bible School students. Throughout the month, many have been ill, and some had to return home because of serious sickness. Also, several students lost family members recently. It is hard living on campus and being so far from their home villages; pray for the Lord to sustain the students.

Japan

Intercede for annual meetings of the Japan Alliance Church, May 23–24 in Hiroshima. Pray also for God’s anointing on Don Schaeffer as he speaks during the evening meeting and for fresh vision for the churches in Japan.

The mission will host a roundtable discussion on evangelism, May 29. Pray for pastors and international workers as they explore ways to be more effective in reaching the lost.

Taiwan

The Amazing Grace Church plant praises God for the upcoming baptism of Lwo Jye, a 70-year-old Taiwanese new believer. Pray that she will grow strong in her faith and be an encouragement to other believers, young and old. Her husband, Mr. Wu, sometimes attends church with her but has yet to accept Christ. Pray that Mr. Wu will be moved by his wife’s testimony and decide to follow Jesus.

Europe/Middle East

Father, pour out Your Spirit upon the peoples in Europe and the Middle East. Build them together to become a dwelling in which You live by Your Spirit, and wash them whiter than snow. Urge Your workers in this region to encourage the disheartened, help the weak, and be patient with everyone. Fill them with all joy and peace as they trust in You so they will overflow with hope by the power of Your Spirit (Joel 2:28; Ephesians 2:22; Psalm 51:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; Romans 15:13).

Bosnia

Intercede for the Source Center and the Miss Irby Project, an outreach named for a national heroine who was a Protestant missionary. Specifically, pray for Alliance workers and their partners as they apply for permits for community beautification projects with local high schools. Locations have been chosen, and the team hopes to start work in mid-June.

Please pray for Todd Dinius as he teaches a new course at the Mostar Bible School, May 22–26.

France

Continue to pray for dinner/discussion outreaches Saturday evenings at the Merignac Alliance Church in Bordeaux, France; there are three more to go. Pray that attendees will clearly understand the gospel and submit their lives to Christ. Pray also for Todd and Terri Althaus, who lead this young church plant.

Intercede for a group of young leaders who are being mentored following a soul care weekend they attended in January with Dr. Rob Reimer from Alliance Theological Seminary. Rejoice that these current and aspiring church leaders are growing in their faith and experiencing inner healing. Pray for God to call more workers for French Alliance churches. Also, pray for Brett and Celine Bowers and Brad and Tina Reynolds as they lead these mentoring groups in Paris and Toulouse.

Latin America

Glory be to You, God, throughout all generations! You can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. Teach Your people in Latin America to do Your will, for You are their God; may Your Spirit lead them on level ground. Let them dwell in Your house all the days of their lives, to gaze on Your beauty and to seek You in Your temple (Ephesians 3:21, 20; Psalm 143:10; Psalm 27:4).

North and Central Asia

Lord, establish peace in north and central Asia. Remind Your workers in this region of all that You have done for them. You are their strength and defense! With You at their right hand, they will not be shaken. Help them encourage one another, build each other up, and pray in Your Spirit on all occasions for all Your people (Isaiah 26:12; Psalm 118:14; Psalm 16:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ephesians 6:18).

United States

Father, let our confidence be in You, for blessed is the one who trusts in You. Show us the depth of the riches of Your wisdom and knowledge. God of peace, give us everything we need to do Your will; work in us what pleases You. Give us patient endurance as Your people who remain faithful to Your Son. Help us obey You fully and keep Your covenant so we will be Your treasured possessions (Jeremiah 17:7; Romans 11:33; Hebrews 13:20–21; Revelation 14:12; Exodus 19:5).

National Office

Intercede for Alliance Council and for attendees who are traveling to Columbus this week. Pray for those working on logistics; for President Stumbo and the many speakers and presenters; and for wisdom and discernment to hear God’s voice. Pray that this gathering will be a time of spiritual renewal for all.

Central District

Pray for members of Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio, as they prepare to partner with another church to serve with Envision in Cleveland. Some Congolese refugees have arrived in the area; pray that God will bless efforts to introduce them to Jesus.

Intercede for members of Sandusky (Ohio) Life Church as their leadership development efforts and opportunities for discipleship continue to grow. Pray especially for more laborers to reach the lost.

Haitian Association

Pray for Rev. Caleb Deliard, association president, as he ministers to pastors in the United States. Pray for the numerical, spiritual, and financial growth of the Haitian churches in America and in Haiti.

MidAmerica District

The C&MA Church at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has opened some of their green space for a community garden. Nine neighbors are interested, and a local farmer has offered to provide the seeds and training. Pray for lasting, Kingdom-enriching friendships through this effort. Also, pray for the church’s finances. The Lord has provided, but this continues to be an area of concern.

Pray for members of Providence Church, a church plant in Omaha, Nebraska, as they begin meeting for Sunday worship. Pray that people will connect and grow in their understanding of the significance of church planting. Pray too that a culture of joy will take root in the congregation.

Pray that God will send ministry partners to invest financially in Reclaim Church, a church plant in Kansas City, Kansas. Ideally, the congregation desires partners who will also serve within Reclaim, but financial partners would be a great blessing.

Camp Rivercrest in Fremont, Nebraska, has summer staff positions to be filled, especially male counselors. Other positions include snack shack manager, head lifeguard, and female head counselor. Pray that the Lord will provide just the right people to fill these positions.

New City Church in Bellevue, Nebraska, is moving to a new meeting location. Pray for a smooth transition, new volunteers, and opportunities to make disciples. Also, pray that church members will be empowered to love, serve, and bless their new neighborhood in a way that engages people to know, love, and follow Jesus.

Pray for someone to lead children’s and women’s ministries at Puente de Salvacion, a Spanish-speaking Alliance church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mid-Atlantic District

Praise God for the ministry of The River Christian Fellowship, an Alliance church that gathers in a local park each Sunday to distribute food and clothing to the needy. The church members pray for people and have seen God move mightily as the gospel is proclaimed. Pray that many will come to Christ through this ministry and grow in their relationship with Him.

North Central District

Join Pastor Keith Beckwith of Cornerstone Community Church (Northfield, Minnesota) in praying that his church will experience God-anointed unity. The congregation consists of a unique blend of generations, including Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials. Members desire to honor and glorify God as they prepare to roll out the church’s direction and vision. Pray that they will hear from the Holy Spirit and that the vision will be presented with members’ full support and enthusiasm.

Tim and JoLee Bubna, pastoral couple at Hope Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota, recently returned from a strategic review of the church-planting ministry in northern Portugal, with which the congregation partners. The Bubnas saw a contract signed for the first C&MA Ministry Center in Paredes (see the article in the May/June Alliance Life, pg. 21). Praise the Lord for a good trip; pray that the upcoming launch of this new location will draw many people to Jesus.

Nathan Kemper, pastor of Nowthen Alliance Church in Nowthen, Minnesota, requests prayer for wisdom on how to respond to the congregation’s growth and make any appropriate changes to best represent Christ to all who worship there.

Ohio Valley District

Intercede for Rev. Ed Mangham, district superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches in Ohio and Kentucky. Pray that he can provide transitioning churches with the support, tools, and training needed to experience revitalization within their changing communities.

Western Pennsylvania District

Janeen Barrett, district office receptionist, is recovering well after recent back surgery; however, she fell during therapy and fractured her leg. The doctors repaired the fracture using a plate and screws. Please keep Janeen and her family in prayer.

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