Alliance Prayer Requests

February 20, 2018

Urgent Prayer Requests

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Since the beginning of January, approximately 34,000 Congolese have been displaced amid escalating violence between ethnic groups in the DRC, according to UNICEF. Many people are reported to have been killed in the fighting, some hacked with machetes, and entire villages are said to have been burned to the ground. Most of the displaced have limited access to necessities such as food, water, and medical equipment; many have died of hunger. There are no Alliance international workers in the area. Ask God for His mercy, peace, protection, and provision for all affected by this situation. Pray too for an end to the violence and that the people of this area will turn to Jesus for salvation.

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).

Spain

This weekend (February 23–24) the national network of Alliance churches in Spain will hold its annual assembly. Please pray for this important business meeting. The national president is up for reelection; other important decisions will also be made. Ask for God's clear leading and a spirit of peace and unity. Pray also for Raymond Ebbett as he preaches twice during this event.

Continue to pray for the paperwork to purchase an empty lot next door to the Bethany House facility in Alicante. A family owns the property, and there have been numerous legal delays in processing the paperwork for one of the heirs. Pray for a breakthrough and that the closing will occur soon.

Several new families have applied for service as international workers in Spain. "We praise God for these potential new workers for the harvest!" the field team says. Pray for God's clear confirmation and perfect timing as these families move through the application process in the coming months. Several could arrive in Spain this summer or early fall.

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).

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).

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 32:7; 112:7–8; Psalm 32:6).

Intercede for a new daughter church, which held its first service in January. Pray for God's blessing on this fellowship, for many seekers to give their lives to Christ, and for the development of a strong leadership team.

Pray for a ministry that helps meet the needs of small groups of refugees from two countries. Pray that those who receive warm clothing, groceries, and medicine will come to know the Father, the Giver of all good gifts.

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

Pray for Joseph and Maria Howard, who are conducting three upcoming missions mobilization seminars. These events will train believers to share their "grace story" as they obey Christ's command to make disciples. Pray for good attendance and lasting Kingdom impact.

Pray for members of a deaf team from Salem Alliance Church as they minister at a school for the deaf in Burkina. They will meet with parents of deaf children and with deaf associations, conduct staff development sessions with teachers, and lead a Bible club with the students. Praise the Lord for this team and the opportunity to share the good news with the deaf community.

Intercede for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome as they travel to several countries during the next several weeks for training in orality, an evangelistic tool to reach oral learners with the gospel. Rejoice for the positive response to this method among Sunday school teachers in the Santidougou District.

Pray that God will strengthen Alliance workers in Burkina as they seek to build one another up and to model Christ in their ministries. Pray also for their children to be faithful followers of Jesus.

West Africa

Pray for preparations for seminars being planned in Bible schools in the coming months.

Intercede for two young cancer patients; their moms are quite open to hearing about Jesus and are attending a weekly prayer group at the hospital. Intercede for healing for their daughters and salvation for these families.

A hospital administrator is in Ghana to study English for three months. Pray that he will learn well and be refreshed during his time there. Pray also for his family while he is away.

Pray for outreaches in several villages during the next few weeks. Some medical staff will conduct health teachings at several of these events. Pray that many will come with open hearts and for safety for the evangelism team and medical personnel.

Continue to pray for village pastors, colleagues, and teammates. Pray that the Lord will sustain them in ministry and protect them against spiritual warfare.

Asia/Pacific

Holy Spirit, the harvest is plentiful in Asia/Pacific, 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 will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life (Luke 10:2; John 4:14).

Indonesia

Pray for a full recovery for Hellen Ellenberger, who fell and broke her left wrist. Intercede for quick healing and continued opportunities to share the good news with those who provide care for her.

Intercede for Susan, a new worker who recently began language school and a home stay in the Bandung area. Pray for good health, a smooth adjustment, and quick understanding of the language. Pray also that God will lead her to the right contacts for ministry and outreach.

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. For You have delivered us from death and our feet from stumbling, that we will walk in the light of life (Isaiah 25:1; Psalm 56:11, 13).

Alliance Northwest

Rejoice with Anchor Church, a new congregation in Tacoma, Washington, for more than 300 people who attended its first gathering. Pray that God will grant Pastor Bryan Halferty a strong sense of vision for His plans regarding this fellowship. Pray that members will establish relationships with those in their community and share Christ's love with them.

Alliance Youth Office

Intercede for Alliance youth staff, children's workers, and high-school students who will attend the NEXT conference in Orlando, Florida, February 24. Pray that this time of equipping and resourcing will impact local Alliance churches.

Chaplain Ministries

Pray for Rev. Bob and Mrs. Denise Collins as they minister to Alliance military chaplains. Intercede for the many chaplaincy families in transition. Pray also for chaplains soon to be deployed. May they know the comfort, strength, and peace of God.

Church Multiplication

The U.S. Alliance has set aside February 25 as Church-Planting Sunday. It is a time to celebrate church planting and church planters. Pray that more churches will plant additional congregations that will impact their neighboring communities and the world for Christ.

Central District

Members of Sandusky (Ohio) Life Church, a new church plant, asks for clarity for their next steps. There has been momentum in certain areas of ministry leadership, but wisdom is needed as the congregation moves forward.

Pray that God will give clear direction and opportunities to Reclaim Church (Parma, Ohio) as members gear up for outreach in their community. Pray also that He will continue to develop a culture of true discipleship in their church.

Intercede for a house church that started three weeks ago at Refugee Impact Collaborative in Cleveland, Ohio. Pray that refugees attending will experience Jesus' presence and put their faith in Him.

Pray that many Hispanic families will attend a family camp at Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church, March on 9–11. Intercede for great favor as Rev. Alan Brown visits these families and that many lives will be changed through the Holy Spirit.

Members of Reclaim Church (Parma, Ohio) rejoice that a family in their congregation is experiencing healing and a renewed sense of God's presence. The members are also celebrating a work among the leadership in their church, especially for the abundance of youth workers.

Central Pacific District

Pray for Encounter, the District Conference in San Jose, California, February 19–21. Pray that the district will be united in worship, fellowship, and ministry to their communities.

Great Lakes District

Intercede for Rev. Kirk Schneemann, pastor at First Alliance Church in Toledo, Ohio. While on a teaching trip to Burundi, Africa, in July, he contracted malaria. He recovered in October, but the illness has returned. Pray for successful treatment and complete healing.

Pray for Avalanche, a district youth retreat at Gull Lake Camp in Hickory Corners, Michigan, February 23–25. Intercede for Rev. Thomas George, district superintendent, the speaker for the weekend. Pray that attendees will seek to know God or grow in their relationship with Him through this retreat.

MidAmerica District

Pastor Wayne Prussa, pastor at Vintage Church in Atkinson, Nebraska, requests prayer for God to unify the churches in their city to spread the message of hope found in Christ.

Julie Arant, who ministers with Global Friends in Omaha, Nebraska, requests prayer for new believers from Hindu backgrounds. Pray that they will grow strong in their faith, as there is a tendency among Hindus toward syncretism. Intercede also for a Hindu seeker currently reading Jesus among Other Gods.

Steve and Robin Boda serve with Bridge of Hope (St. Louis, Missouri), which focuses on meeting basic needs of those in the community, including the homeless. Pray that this ministry can care for more people. With extreme cold temperatures, many don't have a place to stay warm or eat a hot meal. An emergency shelter has been opened, and funds are needed to install a donated industrial-size stove in the kitchen; pray for God's abundant provision.

Spanish Western Association

Pray for Hector Lecaro, president, as he ministers to pastors and churches in the United States. Pray for revival and genuine transformation in all the association's churches.

North Central District

Intercede for the district men's retreat at Big Sandy Camp, February 23–25. Pray for refreshment and renewal and that Christ will be at the center of every ministry, service, and event.

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