Alliance Prayer Requests

September 18, 2017

Urgent Prayer Requests

Hurricane-stricken Areas

Please continue to intercede for those who have suffered loss through Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. There is much to rebuild, and many do not have the means to do so.

The Alliance Southeast District Conference begins today. Pray for Holy-Spirit guidance as district leaders and pastors share stories of Irma's destruction and make plans to address the immense need in its wake. Pray also for a time of healing and encouragement as many pastors have come to the conference exhausted and burdened by the suffering in their congregations and communities.

The Alliance family and greater church community continue to demonstrate Christ's sacrificial love through giving and hands-on help. A statistic reported last Saturday on a Houston radio station claimed that 80 percent of the relief work being done in that city is by Christians and faith-based organizations. If you or your church would like to help financially, you can do so through the CAMA Services Disaster Relief Fund by visiting camaservices.org. If you'd like more information about volunteering to help in Texas, visit camaservices.org/volunteer.

Please also pray for those in the path of Hurricane Maria, which is gaining significant strength in the Atlantic and on course to hit Puerto Rico and the other Caribbean islands recently devastated by Irma. Pray for God's miraculous intervention to tame and redirect the storm and for those whose lives and livelihoods were decimated by Irma to find shelter and suffer no further calamity.

Europe/Middle East

God, we thank You that Your workers in Europe/Middle East fulfill their vows to You, the Most High. As they call upon You in the day of trouble, deliver them. Out of Your glorious riches, strengthen them with power through Your Spirit in their inner beings, so Your Son, Christ, will dwell in their hearts through faith (Psalm 50:14–15; Ephesians 3:16–17).

Spain

For several months, the Spain field has requested prayer for the purchase of a strategic property next to the Bethany House center in Alicante. "Praise the Lord with us!" write team leaders Raymond and Mary Ebbett. "The owners have agreed to an excellent price, and our national church president hopes to complete the paperwork later this month. Pray that everything will go smoothly, and that the remaining funds needed will be received soon."

"We continue to hear testimonies of transformed lives through the Bethany School of Discipleship and Missions held during July and August," the Ebbetts report. Intercede for God's ongoing work in the lives of the 58 participants. "We praise Him for His hand of blessing on this strategic ministry."

Pray for Ray and Mary as they travel to the Barcelona area this coming weekend to visit international workers there.

Pray for international workers on home assignment in the United States as they minister in Alliance churches this month.

Africa

Father, defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless in Africa; maintain the rights of the poor and the oppressed. Deliver the needy from the hand of the wicked. Remind Your workers in this region that by Your grace You gave them eternal encouragement and good hope. Encourage their hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word (Psalm 82:3–4; 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17).

Burkina Faso

Rejoice for an encouraging camp last week for Sunday school students in the Santidougou District. Pray that each of these youngsters will put Christ first in their lives.

Intercede for an encouraging, edifying women's retreat this week in the Bobo District and for international worker Esther Schaeffer as she teaches during this time.

Pray for the school for the deaf as it prepares for the academic year and screens children for acceptance into its program. Pray also that the Lord will provide all that is needed for this school and for the students enrolled.

Pray for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome as they prepare for Bible storytelling seminars in Burkina with women church leaders. Pray that the Lord will call women willing to train others in this evangelistic outreach to oral learners.

Gabon

Intercede for Eric Hofman, who has had difficulty sleeping. Pray for good rest and that God will help Eric to lean on Him during times of fatigue. Also, pray for Eric's wife, Wendy, who has continued to experience back pain. Please pray for relief and that God will enable her to concentrate on her tasks despite the pain.

There is a strike at the port in Libreville, which has delayed the arrival of a container to Bongolo Hospital. Pray for the strike to end quickly.

Asia/Pacific

Lord, let everything that has breath praise You in the Asia/Pacific Region. Help Your workers there celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness. Allow them to declare Your praise, for You called them out of darkness and into Your wonderful light. Direct the hearts of more people around them into Your love and Christ's perseverance (Psalm 150:6; Psalm 145:7; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:5).

Indonesia

Pray for the advance of the gospel in Sumatra, for Alliance international workers located there, and for their national partners as they faithfully minister in difficult circumstances.

Pray for God's blessing on the corn harvest in an area south of Makassar. The team's church plant has connected with some local farmers and helped them to plant sweet corn instead of feed corn, a move which could prove profitable to the farmers. "The believers prayed over the field in the name of Jesus, and we are trusting God for a good harvest of corn and souls," Alliance workers write.

Taiwan

Please pray for two student interns from the Taiwan Alliance Theological College who will begin weekend internships at the Sihhu Church and at Amazing Grace Church in October. Pray that these men will adjust well and quickly build good relationships within the churches and communities. Also, pray for international workers in the two church plants as they mentor these men.

Continue to intercede for God's leading and discernment as the Taiwan team narrows its focus regarding a future church-planting location. Pray specifically for spiritual eyes and ears in this process and for unity in decision making. Ask God for a good partnership with the national church in entering a new area. The goal is to decide by the end of the year.

Latin America

Father, guide Your workers in Latin America beside springs of water, You who have compassion on them. Satisfy their needs and strengthen their frames. Let them be like well-watered gardens, like springs whose waters never fail. May they know their labor is not in vain, because You build the house (Isaiah 49:10; Isaiah 58:11; Psalm 127:1).

North and Central Asia

Lord, Your workers in north and central Asia commit their spirits into Your hands; redeem them, God of truth. Praise be to You, for You showed Your wonderful love to them. In Your unfailing love, lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength, guide them to Your holy dwelling (Psalm 31:5, 21; Exodus 15:13).

Creative-Access Countries

Lord, turn Your ear to Your workers in creative-access countries, and come quickly to their rescue. Be their rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save them. Deliver them from the hand of their enemies and enable them to serve You without fear and in holiness and righteousness before You all their days (Psalm 31:2; Luke 1:74–75).

Pray for international workers as they travel to a church-planting conference in Poland, September 22–25. Pray for them to glean many insights from the conference and to hear from the Lord.

A clothing giveaway outreach for migrant workers will be held September 24. Pray that God will draw people to the giveaway and that relationships will be developed. Pray also that the event will attract new students for the Sunday evening English Club.

UNITED STATES

God of Jacob, the earth trembles at Your presence, You who turned the hard rock into springs of water. Strengthen us with all power according to Your glorious might so we will have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to You. Teach us to say no to worldly passions while we await the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of Your Son, our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Psalm 114:7–8; Colossians 1:11–12; Titus 2:12–13).

Association of Montagnard Churches

Pray for Rev. Hendy Siu, association president, as he ministers to pastors and churches in the United States. Pray for God's wisdom in leadership.

Church Ministries

Pray for the following District Conferences: Eastern Pennsylvania, September 18–20; The Alliance Southeast, September 18–20; Western Pennsylvania, September 18–21; Mid-Atlantic, September 22–24; and MidAmerica, September 25–28.

Eastern Pennsylvania District

Rejoice with Centre Church in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania, for its launch celebration last week. Pray that this congregation will build lasting relationships with neighbors and those who need the Lord.

Great Lakes District

Intercede for the Great Commission Women's Fall retreat, September 23 in Detroit, Michigan. May this time bring refreshment and renewal.

Hmong District

Pray for Pastor Toua Tao as he leads the congregation of City On A Hill Church in Warren, Michigan. Their vision is to radiate Christ. Pray that visitors will be drawn to attend the services and experience life-changing encounters with Christ.

Midwest District

Pray for Rev. Jonathan Rich, district superintendent, as he minsters to pastors and churches in Illinois and Indiana. Pray that the district can develop and launch a ministry focused on district pastors' wives and their personal and spiritual formation.

Northeastern District

Pray for John and Diane Lucas. Diane was hospitalized in Binghamton, New York, with a wound in her ankle that may have resulted from a spider bite. It has become infected and is spreading. She is receiving antibiotics, and her fever has subsided. Also, John resumed maintenance therapy to prevent a recurrence of cancer. However, the medication had terrible side effects, so he had to discontinue it. Intercede for complete healing and restoration for John and Diane.

North Central District

Pray for retired pastor Dr. Don Alexander and his wife, Judy. Don suffered another stroke and is recovering at home. Pray for complete healing and renewed strength.

The Alliance Southeast District

Pray for district leaders and pastors as they gather September 18–20 at the Alliance Southeast District Conference. Specifically, pray for pastors whose congregations and communities have suffered in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Intercede for wisdom as they plan relief and recovery efforts.

Southwestern District

Continue to intercede for Rev. Mark Searing, district superintendent, as he partners with CAMA and district churches to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Intercede for Alliance congregations as they help neighbors rebuild their lives and livelihoods while proclaiming Jesus, the great Comforter, Provider, and Redeemer.

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