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ALLIANCE PRAYER REQUESTS

April 21, 2014

URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Chile

Just weeks after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile, a forest fire wreaked havoc in the port city of Valparaiso, killing 15 people and leaving more than 12,000 homeless. The Alliance has a church in the downtown center, but it was not in danger. Pray that God will comfort those who lost loved ones and use this tragedy to draw people to Himself.

Syria

Pray for the people of Syria. Recently, a mortar bomb hit a school, killing one child and injuring nearly 60 others, including a 10-year-old girl who lost both her feet in the blast. Also, a mother was killed when a rocket demolished a family’s apartment. Pray for God’s comfort and the peace that passes understanding. Also, pray for the church in Syria as it ministers to those who are hurting.

CREATIVE-ACCESS COUNTRIES

Remember creative-access country (CAC) workers around the world. Pray for protection, good health, and opportunities to share the good news. Pray that contacts will be drawn to Jesus. Pray that God will break down strongholds and give courage and boldness to national believers.

AFRICA

Burkina Faso

Pray for graduates of the Pondou Bible School. Pray that they quickly will be assigned to churches and that the Lord will provide for their needs.

Last Saturday, a servicewoman accepted Christ at a gathering. Also, several people at church prayed to receive Him as their Savior. Pray for effective follow-up of these believers.

Pray for preparations for a seminar in the village of Koumbia next weekend. Also, pray for revival in the area.

Pray for a homeless woman who was hit by a car near the Schaeffers’ home. Pray for wisdom as they seek a permanent solution to her situation and try to locate her family.

FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)

Thank you for praying for Jeter Livingston as he preached recently. God was at work through his message.

Thanks to all who prayed for Dr. Coulibaly as he interviewed three individuals for the position of seminary accountant. Pray for the final steps of the selection process.

Pray for direction for those working with potential donors and for open hearts as they are presented with the opportunity to partner in completing the second and third floors of a new apartment building on the FATEAC campus to provide additional student housing.

Pray for Laura Livingston as she prepares a message for a retreat for pastors’ wives.

Pray for Ruth Julian as she assigns course grades this spring.

Pray for Ron and Ruth Julian as they decide where to settle in Abidjan in August. Also, pray that God will enable them to purchase a vehicle.

Gabon

Pray for God’s guidance for Eric Hofman as he works on Bongolo Hospital’s budget this week. Also, pray for Wendy Hofman and the eye team as they treat numerous patients; the surgery schedule is currently booked for the next nine months.

Guinea

Continue to pray that God will stop the Ebola epidemic. Pray for protection and wisdom for Alliance global team members. Health officials desire to raise awareness of the nature of the virus and how to prevent it from spreading. Pray that those who were exposed to the disease will agree to be quarantined and not be overcome with fear or denial. Also, pray that believers will share Christ with those who have lost loved ones and that God will use this crisis to draw people to Him.

Recently, a doctor who treated an Ebola patient refused to be tested for the infection himself. He succumbed to the virus and passed away. Authorities are trying to track down other patients he may have treated after he was infected, as well as his family, so that they can be quarantined and tested. Pray for God’s intervention.

Pray for a miraculous healing for Ce’ Lucien, who was paralyzed nine years ago when he fell from a tree. Most of his family abandoned him. Jon Erickson and the team at Hope Clinic have been caring for Ce’ Lucien’s needs. “He is learning to pray and talks less about wanting to die,” Jon writes. Pray that God of hope will fill him with joy and peace despite his circumstances.

Republic of the Congo

Pray for a resolution to the Ollombo property dispute on April 28.

Pray for 26 people who accepted the Lord in Oyo in February.

Pray for Jasmine, who faithfully attends church but whose husband, Gaylord, is not in favor of her decision to follow Christ. Alliance team members visited a group of 12 children in her neighborhood, and they all come with her to church. Also, pray for Pea, who said she will start attending church with her children.

Pray for complete healing for Jeanne, who has a growth on her back. Also, pray for wisdom in diagnosing and treating this problem.

Pray for the Bellamys as they continue to work with the Humbers to reach the Vili people for Christ. Pray for Jay Bellamy as he and Nicaise, the radio director, teach at the Bible School in Pointe Noire.

Praise the Lord for another signature on the adoption papers of two Congolese children. Pray that the final steps in the process will go well.

Pray for wisdom and vision for the work in northern Congo. Pray especially for the Bills as they oversee this ministry.

ASIA AND PACIFIC

Indonesia

Barry and Patty Jordan praise God for the successful launch of an English club for university students. “We asked friends from North America to serve as conversation partners,” the Jordans write. Amazingly, 30 partners signed up; this was the exact number of students who were seeking English speakers with whom to converse. “Praise the Lord for His perfect provision for our need,” write Barry and Patty. “Please pray for conversations that will lead these young people to know God’s love.”

Pray for preparations for an Alliance Marriage Encounter retreat in Bandung, June 27–29.

Recently, the mission community in Papua experienced tragedy when one of the missionary pilots, Bob Roberts, died when his plane crashed during take-off near Sentani. One passenger, a pastor, also passed away; five others were injured. Pray for Bob’s wife, Jan, and their children. Pray also for Bob’s coworkers in the Advent mission and church.

Taiwan

“Pray for the salvation of people in our relationship networks,” Alliance team members write. Also, pray for a mother who is undergoing hospice care.

Pray for David Strong with Compassion and Mercy Associates as he visits Taiwan this week to assess the viability of opportunities for holistic outreach.

Pray for Mr. Wu and his family as his mother is in final stages of cancer. Pray that she will receive God’s grace.

EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST

France

Pray for Alliance global team members in France as they gather for their annual prayer retreat, April 22–25. Pray, too, for the pastoral care couple, Jesse and Nancy Reddoch of Community Alliance Church in Richmond, California, who had to cancel their trip due to the death of Nancy’s dad. Pray for God’s comfort.

Pray for Karl and Janet Emerson, who transitioned from pastoring in Nashwauk, Minnesota, to serving at Trinity International Church in Strasbourg. Praise God that their house sold! Continue to pray for their outreach ministries and that God will provide a new meeting place for the church (currently, there is standing room only).

Pray for revival and renewal in French Alliance churches. Pray, too, that the Lord will send out workers into His harvest field.

Germany

Pray for God’s blessing on a new preaching series in the Freischwimmer church, featuring a walk through the Bible in chronological order. Pray that participants will gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Bible.

Pray for members of the Jones family, who have been battling various sicknesses during the last month and are feeling weak and tired. Pray for renewed strength and healing.

Spain

Praise the Lord for fruitful ministry by the Trio Mar del Plata from Argentina. Every time there was a public invitation to receive Christ, people responded. The receptivity among Spaniards has been particularly encouraging. Pray for this final week of this evangelistic outreach and that more people will come to faith in Christ. Pray as well for God’s anointing on the trio, good health, and prepared hearts.

Pray for global team member Maida Anderson as she concludes home assignment in Canada and returns to Spain this week.

Pray for Joel and Nancy Martinez as they finish up their final weeks of ministry and prepare to leave Spain next month for home assignment. They are concluding 36 years of ministry in Spain and will be sorely missed.

LATIN AMERICA

Chile

Please see the Urgent Prayer Requests for details concerning a forest fire in the port city of Valparaiso.

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

Pray for professors and students as they prepare for May classes in Lima, Peru; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Temuco, Chile; and Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as online courses.

Pray for the seven Board members as they endeavor to keep FATELA on the cutting edge of urban ministry training.

Pray for Dr. Miguel Palomino as he concludes his teaching for this year at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Continue to pray for donors to provide scholarships and aid for operating expenses.

UNITED STATES

Church Ministries

Pray for the following District Conferences: Korean District, April 21–24; Midwest District, April 28–30; Rocky Mountain District, April 28–May 1; and Great Lakes District, April 30–May 2.

Rev. Andrew (Andy) R. Kerr has accepted a call to serve in Churches Ministries beginning July 1, 2014, as assistant vice president for Leadership Development and Administration. Pray for the Kerrs as they plan for this transition to Colorado Springs. Pray also for the sale of their house in Frederick, Maryland, and that God will provide a new home in Colorado Springs.

Central District

Pray that God will continue to open doors into peoples’ lives in the neighborhood of Newark (Ohio) Alliance Church.

Pray for wisdom for the NEO House Church Network in Ohio as it seeks to plant churches among refugees by securing and renovating residential properties.

Pray for the salvation of new people who attended Christ Community Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on Easter Sunday.

Great Lakes District

Pray for Rev. Ralph Trainer, executive director of Beulah Beach, and his family. His mother, Ernestine, passed away last week. Pray for God’s comfort and peace during this time.

North Central District

Pray for Alfonso and Brenda Hernandez, a church-planting couple in Apple Valley, Minnesota. They request prayer for the leadership at Iglesia Esperanza. Also, pray for the lost people in the community and that many will receive Christ.

Pray for Eldora Huffman, former international worker to the Philippines. Eldora continues to battle melanoma and the effects of recent medication.

GREAT COMMISSION FUND

The Alliance is answering God’s clear call to create access to the gospel in parts of the world where little or no access exists. Prayer is essential in helping to achieve this goal. Giving is also a critical element in placing and keeping global staff in key unreached locations throughout the world. Please pray that Alliance people will give generously to the Great Commission Fund so that this vital work will be sustained and expanded.

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