Alliance Prayer Requests
May 23, 2016
Pray for God’s grace, provision, and help for people living in Ecuador’s coastal region, where two earthquakes struck last Wednesday, leading to one death and some damage in the same region where a 7.8- magnitude tremor killed more than 650 people last month. Some Alliance people live near the affected area but are reportedly safe. Four students traveled from Portoviejo last weekend to Guayaquil to attend FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology and World Missions) classes. One of them, Alfonso Betún, related how his young daughter was crushed to death when their house collapsed in the previous earthquake. “It was a heart-wrenching experience for the students as they interceded for Alfonso and his family during an extended time of prayer,” writes Bruce Jackson, who serves in The Alliance with FATELA.
Dear Jesus, we devote ourselves to pray for the Kingdom work You are doing through The Alliance in creative-access countries. We testify that You were sent to be the Savior of the world, so we pray that many individuals and entire families in these countries will come to know You and be baptized. Help us to be watchful and thankful for how You answer our prayers (1 John 4:14; Colossians 4:2; 1 Peter 3:21–22).
Father, we enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise! You are good, and Your love endures forever. Your faithfulness continues through all generations. When Your workers in Africa cry for help, may they put their hope in Your Word. May Your favor rest upon them; establish the work of their hands (Psalm 100:4–5; Psalm 119:147; Psalm 90:17).
Pray for village evangelism events being conducted throughout the country.
Praise God for 60 converts at the first service of a new church plant in Kenedouogu! Pray for the many new believers in this region to gain a strong spiritual foundation and to resist false doctrine.
Pray for eight people baptized at the Sifarasso church recently. This was the third baptism service since last August, totaling about 75 baptisms in less than a year.
Rejoice for Maranatha Institute and Poundou Bible School graduates! Pray for the new pastors as they begin their ministries, including three student pastors who will serve in Kenedougou church plants.
Pray for new church plants in Bobo-Dioulasso. Also, praise the Lord for 12 people who came to Christ last week at the Belleville Church; pray for them to grow strong in their faith.
Pray for Andrew Schaeffer as he teaches a seminar for youth who want to be involved in evangelism and for Esther Schaeffer as she teaches a parenting class aimed at drawing people to the Kwa Church.
Pray for Christian students who are preparing for final exams. Pray that they will not turn to false gods to ensure success on their tests.
The oldest daughter of Pastor Serge, Bongolo Hospital’s lead administrator, died while away at school. She left behind three small children whom Pastor Serge and his wife may need to raise. Pray for comfort, peace, and financial provision for Pastor Serge and his family as they mourn, make funeral and travel arrangements, and start planning for their grandchildren’s futures. Also, pray for wisdom for hospital staff as they assume additional responsibilities in Pastor Serge’s absence.
Asia and Pacific
God, when we were dead in our sins, You made us alive with Christ. You forgave all our sins, having canceled the written code with its regulations that was against us and that stood opposed to us. You took it away, nailing it to the cross. In the same way, open the eyes of the peoples in the Asia and the Pacific Region to know and believe Jesus bore their sins in His body on the tree so that they might die to sins and live for righteousness. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. May all who believe stand firm and not let themselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Colossians 2:13–15; 1 Peter 2:24; Galatians 5:1).
Pray for preparations for the annual Field Forum, July 5–11. Pray for a good time of fellowship and inspirational preaching from God’s Word.
A number of international workers will depart for home assignment soon. Pray for them and for those remaining on the field who will assume extra responsibilities.
Intercede for students and faculty at the Russell Diebler Theological School in Timika. Since the building was burned in February, faculty members have been without a salary. Pray for God's provision for the school, staff, and students. Pray for encouragement and for God to call new students to enroll next year.
Pray for Rev. Damimetouw, district superintendent, and his wife, Mons, who serve in the Arso/Keerom District along the Papua New Guinea border. The level of spiritual warfare in this area is quite high, with sorcery practiced among villagers. Many of the villages have no resident pastor. Some of the pastors face temptation and spiritual strongholds; area youth struggle with drug addiction; and a pastor’s wife has battled cancer. Pray for revival and encouragement.
Pray for Clara Vierstra, a Nyack College/Envision intern, who will minister with the team in Makassar for six weeks. Pray that the Lord will work in and through her during her time in Indonesia.
Please pray for Amazing Grace Church members as they meet with a pastoral candidate this week. Pray for God’s clear leading on whether the couple is His choice to lead the church plant.
Pray for final preparations for the Taiwan Team Forum, June 6–10. Pray especially for the speakers, Duane and Karla Mabee (the pastoral care couple) from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Pray for God’s protection over the Mabees and His clear leading and empowerment as they prepare to minister.
Two weeks ago, Charlie and Mary Dang asked the Alliance family to intercede for jobs for seven foreign workers because they were facing deportation. Thankfully, five have found positions in Taiwan. Praise God!
Please pray for Don Kramer and a new English-speaking music class planned at the Sihhu church plant. Pray for God’s leading in the preparations and timing of the course and for hearts open to the gospel.
Holy One, let the peoples in Europe and the Middle East sing of Your great love forever and with their mouths make Your faithfulness known through all generations. Your love stands firm forever; You established Your faithfulness in heaven. You are able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to Your power that is at work within us. To You be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations (Psalm 89:1–2; Ephesians 3:20–21).
Praise the Lord for a new believer, Javier, who was baptized recently in Granada. In Alicante four candidates are preparing for baptism in a few weeks. Pray that these believers will grow strong in their faith.
English camps will be held during July in Madrid and Granada. Pray for the Lord to provide the needed short-term workers for these outreach events; there is a shortage of volunteers for the camp in Madrid.
Continue to pray for the Bethany House’s training center in Alicante, Spain, as preparations are made for its second intensive summer missions course for young people from across Spain and Western Europe. Critical renovations must be done on the main building in the next few months. Please pray for God’s timely provision of needed funds and that the work will be completed on schedule.
Praise the Lord for 10 new international workers and interns who have been approved for Spain! All are expected to arrive this summer or fall. Please pray for smooth processing of visas for the workers and their families.
Lord, our Shepherd, reach down from on high and take hold of the peoples in Latin America. Rescue them from their enemies when they are confronted. You are their support. You bring Your children into a spacious place; You rescue them because You delight in them. You are mighty to save. Quiet those who follow You with Your love as You rejoice over them with singing (Psalm 18:16–19; Zephaniah 3:17).
Pray for Val Stellrecht as she prepares for home assignment and retirement. Pray for her during this time of selling, packing, and saying goodbye to the people she has come to love. She has had a tremendous influence on the Dominicans and has been involved in several key ministries during her eight years in the Dominican Republic since transferring from Ecuador. Pray also for the Schlehs to finish well this term before departing for home assignment.
Pray for Becky Dyke as she prepares to speak on Dominican Mother’s Day, May 29, in Alianza, the Punta Cana Alliance church. Pray that God will use her to encourage and minister to each of the women attending.
FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology and World Missions)
Pray for students from Portoviejo, whose resources have been depleted by the recent earthquake. They attended the module in Guayaquil last week and were not charged any customary fees. Pray that God will provide for FATELA in the midst of an already stretched financial situation.
Pray for Dr. Miguel Palomino as he seeks to bring encouragement this week to Alliance people in the cities of Manta and Portoviejo, Manabí Province, which were affected by last week’s earthquake.
North and Central Asia
May the peoples in north and central Asia be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Father, make their delight the law of the Lord so that they will meditate on it day and night. O Lord, have mercy on all who have sinned against You (Psalm 115:15; Psalm 1:2; Psalm 41:4).
Father God, thank You for the examples around us that show Your love and care for Your creation—from the birds of the air that have plenty to eat to the flowers of the field clothed in great splendor. Teach us to not worry about our lives but to trust You completely. When we seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, Your Word tells us all the things we need will be given to us as well (Matthew 6:25–33).
The Alliance Northwest District
Pray for Yared Enderias, a bi-vocational church planter reaching out to Ethiopians in Seattle, Washington. Pray for open hearts among those who need to be introduced to Jesus and His eternal plan for their lives.
Intercede for Rev. Raed Awabdeh, association president, as he ministers to pastors and churches. Pray specifically as he assists in developing relevant, effective promotional missions resources for Arabic-speaking churches.
Alliance Youth Ministries
Pray for Rev. Daniel Boal, the new consultant for Alliance Youth Ministries. Pray for his family’s smooth transition to Colorado Springs, Colorado, later this summer.
Great Commission Women
Pray for Great Commission Women national team meetings in Colorado Springs, May 23–25.
Pray for God to provide for male staffing needs at Camp Rivercrest in Fremont, Nebraska, so every child who registered will be to attend camp this summer.
Continue to pray for immigration needs and opportunities at Puente de Salvacion in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Also, pray for Pastor Jorge’s health as he ministers to the new believers and their families.
Pray for the Mid-Atlantic District Conference, May 23–26. Pray for a spirit of unity and celebration for what the Lord is doing in district churches.
North Central District
Big Sandy Camp praises God for His provision for the camp’s financial needs; a mild winter has helped them through some lean times. Please pray for more campers and for full camp sessions every week.
Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom for members of Alliance Missionary Church in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, as they seek to fill several vacant staff positions.
Please pray for Rev. Chris and Mrs. Julie Teien, the pastoral couple at River Rock Church in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, as they grieve the unexpected death of their 25-year-old son.
Pray for members of Northbrook Alliance Church (Brooklyn Center, Minnesota) as they seek a part-time bookkeeper.
Pray that God will call evangelists from among the congregation at Pillar of Grace Church in New Prague, Minnesota.
Pray for District Superintendent Phil Hagar and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Florida.
Western Great Lakes
CrossWay Church has two campuses in southeastern Wisconsin, one in north Milwaukee and one in Germantown. Pray for pastoral staff as they seek to bring Kingdom impact to their communities through the transforming power of the gospel.
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