Alliance Prayer Requests

January 19, 2015

Urgent Prayer Requests


Please continue to pray for Paul Burkhart, who remains in critical condition in the ICU after suffering a thrombotic stroke on January 14. Tests revealed a blood clot on the brain, an enlarged heart, fluid in his lungs, and weakened kidneys. Last weekend, Paul was more alert and able to talk and write messages. Pray for complete and perfect healing as well as peace for Paul’s wife, Jeannie, and their family.

Creative-Access Countries

It is written, Father, “that godliness with contentment is great gain.” We ask in Jesus’ name that godly character grow in Alliance workers in creative-access countries and that their lives be marked by contentment in all circumstances, as testimony of your indwelling Spirit in their lives (1 Peter 6:6; Philippians 4:11-13, 1 John 2:6).

Pray for healing for Pavel and Tanya, key leaders of an Alliance national church partner, who were recently in a serious car accident, along with one of their children.

Intercede for members of a home fellowship for a minority people group. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide an Alliance international worker as he prepares next Saturday’s sermon. Also, pray that this fellowship will grow in faith and work intentionally to reach the lost. Specifically, pray for “Sam,” a new convert, who will attend the meeting for the first time, and for “D” and “S” to come to Christ.

Pray for wisdom, guidance, and protection for an international worker as she begins a ministry to those who have been rescued from human trafficking.

Pray for a seeker who came to church for the first time after her husband and daughter were diagnosed with cancer. She connected with Alliance workers through an outreach they host and has been reading the Bible. Pray for her family’s complete healing and salvation.


We pray, Lord, that all who are studying at Alliance Bible schools and seminaries in Africa have hearts that are ready to receive the Word. May they put into action what they hear (James 1:22).

FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)

Intercede for faculty and students as they finish their first semester work and prepare for exams in February. Also, pray for second year master’s students who are developing their thesis projects.

Pray for God’s leading for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome, Africa Region orality coordinators, who will travel from Burkina Faso to Côte d’Ivoire this week to meet with Alliance national church and Bible school leaders to encourage the use of orality ministries.

Give thanks for the Julians’ safe arrival at Bongolo Hospital in Gabon last Friday. Continue to pray for them in their interactions with international workers there. On Monday, January 26, they will travel to Libreville and then to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Pray for safe travel and also for Ruth as she continues her preparations for two classes at the Alliance University of Congo during the first two weeks of February.


Thanks to all who prayed for Wendy Hofman’s dad, who saw an oncologist on January 7. “We’ve received some good news but are still waiting for the majority of test results,” the Hofmans write. Pray that Wendy’s father will be declared cancer free.


On January 18, Mali’s health minister declared the country free of Ebola following 42 days without a new case of the virus. Praise God for answered prayer! Mali recorded six deaths from Ebola, which, according to the World Health Organization, has killed more than 8,400 people in neighboring Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia in the worst epidemic of the viral hemorrhagic fever on record. Pray for the outbreak to end in those nations as well and that God will use this crisis to draw many to Jesus.

Republic of the Congo

Pray for an encouraging and refreshing team retreat in South Africa beginning January 21. Pray for God’s anointing on Paul and Cindy Little, who will lead the devotional time, and that He will do a new thing in each participant. Also, pray for safe travel to and from the event.

Continue to pray for construction of the Good Samaritan Church, specifically that the second-floor foundation can begin soon.

Pray for God’s favor for RSM, the Pointe-Noire Christian radio station, which has been off the air for two weeks because its transmitter is in need of repair. Pray that a temporary transmitter can be secured and that repair costs will not be too expensive.

Asia and Pacific

Lord, increase the boldness of Alliance workers as they minister in the Asia and Pacific region in speaking Your Word. Confirm Your Word among them with signs and wonders, that You, Lord Jesus, might be exalted and the unbelieving come to faith! (Acts 4:29-30)


Please see the Urgent Prayer Requests for an update on Paul Burkhart, retired missionary to Papua, who suffered a stroke recently.

Thanks to all who prayed for Lorna Munroe, retired international worker (Canada), who was hit by a car in late November. She is completely free of pain, is able to use a walker, and began rehabilitation last week. Pray for a full recovery.

Marinus, a national worker who oversees a contextual ministry, is in Malaysia for chemo treatments. He had 30 treatments in December and saw his cancer indicators decrease significantly. Pray for complete eradication of the disease and for protection from side effects of the chemo drugs. Pray, too, for funds needed to pay for his treatments.


Pray for members of Amazing Grace Church as they prepare to host a short-term team. Pray for local people to receive what God has for them during the team’s ministry. Also, pray for strength for Alliance international workers Soo and Hannah Hwang as they facilitate this outreach.

Pray for Recab, the son of Alliance international workers Charlie and Mary Dang, who has tonsillitis. The entire family has had numerous health issues during the past year. Pray for ongoing good health and protection.

Pray for a believer who feels abandoned by God and often wants to walk away from the faith. Also, pray for the man’s wife, who was recently baptized. One of the man’s concerns is finding gainful employment to support his family. Pray that God will meet all of their needs according to His glorious riches in Christ and that this couple will trust in His provision.

Lift up Yunlin County farmers, who have been affected by a recent outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu). Entire flocks have had to be culled in areas near Alliance church plants. One family reports that a neighboring business was affected and their family’s small flock lost some fowl. Pray for God’s peace in times of loss, particularly in places without high incomes.

Europe/Middle East

In Jesus’ name we ask that the brokenhearted connected to the ministry of Alliance workers in Europe and the Middle East be healed. Comfort those who mourn, Father. May beauty, gladness, and praise be poured out on their lives, displacing all despair (Isaiah 61:1-3).


Continue to pray for faith-filled, generous hearts during a month-long missions emphasis in French Alliance churches. Pray that many will commit to making faith promises in support of missions projects.

Pray for a successful Alpha course for women who attended MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) last year and those who presently attend an English conversation group at EPI (Eglise Protestante Internationale), a young church in the suburbs of Toulouse. Pray for Tina Reynolds and the team at EPI that is leading this outreach.

Recent tragic events in France have brought the country together in efforts to stand against terrorism. Pray that the church will experience revival and a renewed commitment to bring the gospel to French society. Ask the Lord to call workers to lead French Alliance congregations.


Pray for a good turnout for an upcoming English day camp in Waren. Pray for God’s favor, for wisdom in the preparations, and for the assembled team, a mix of Germans and Americans. Pray that this event will draw many to Jesus.


The Singfiels are grateful to all who prayed for Melissa Singfiel’s knee surgery. She is expected to recover more quickly than the surgeon originally thought. Continue to pray for her during the three-week rehabilitation process.


Pray for two intensive courses offered this week in Barcelona on the Holy Spirit (by Dr. Ernie Klassen) and Pastoral Counseling (by Marilyn Klassen). The Bible institute in Madrid is still seeking a rental facility to use full time. Pray for the Lord’s clear leading and provision.

Pray for Tim Westergren, who will minister to pastors in the Canary Islands, January 23–28. Pray as well for a church plant that started recently in the area.

Latin America

Heavenly Father, we pray that new believers in Latin American countries will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in the light and be imitators of Christ (Colossians 2:13; 1 John 2:6; Ephesians 5:1).

Dominican Republic

Praise the Lord for an uplifting National Church Assembly last weekend, during which a couple was appointed to Panama to plant a Spanish church. They will be the first missionary couple sent and supported by the Dominican Alliance national church and the CLA (C&MA Latin American Fellowship). Please pray for Miguel and Yngrid Grassals as they prepare for their new ministry.

Pray for a refreshing and edifying Field Forum, January 26–30. Specifically, pray that God will minister through the speaker, Dennis Episcopo, and his wife, Judy.


“Pray for the new church-planting project in Guadalajara as we move into the phase of unifying our ministry style and philosophy, planning evangelistic events, and starting at least one home Bible study for those interested,” write Tim and Janice Greenfield. Pray that God will draw many people who need Jesus to this work.

North and Central Asia

Father, fill Alliance workers in the North and Central Asia Region afresh with Your Holy Spirit, that they might be strengthened and not become weary in doing good. Revive them this day by Your Spirit (Galatians 6:9).


Dennis and Marilyn Maves are grateful to all who prayed for Dennis’s recovery from eye surgery. His double vision is gone. Continue to pray for complete healing and that his body will not reject the new cornea.

United States

Lord, we ask that Your Word increasingly be the only standard in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ in the United States. May societal trends and cultural preferences that are contrary to Your Word be replaced with a unified passion for Your truth and righteousness in Christ! (Hebrews 4:12-13)


Pray for the Converge event in Colorado Springs, January 18–21. This is an opportunity for missions leaders from U.S. Alliance districts and churches to gather together, exchange ideas, and seek God for fresh vision and passion for Alliance Acts 1:8 ministries.

Please remember Clem Hoober’s wife, Mary Ann, who will undergo back surgery on Tuesday. Clem is a legacy planner for the U.S. Alliance.

Alliance New England District

Pray for God to move mightily during a senior and junior high winter retreat, January 23–25. Pray that each participant will hear from the Holy Spirit and return home with a renewed commitment to Jesus.

Association of African Churches

Pray that the 50 million African immigrants in the United States will be reached with the gospel.

Central District

Pray for staffing needs of a church plant in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Pray for the logistics that need to come together and for God’s wisdom as the church works through many details related to a facility rental.

Pray for the NEO House Church Network, an Alliance church plant in Ohio, during organizational meetings in University Circle with key people to discuss commitments and strategy.

Pray for the salvation of two people who have been attending a Bible study last month at Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church.

Praise God for the baptism of 10 Nepalese young people in the district.

Chinese Churches Association

Pray that the Chinese Churches Association will fully engage English-speaking pastors in renewed efforts to plant next-generation churches in selected cities.

North Central District

Pray for True Life, a new church plant in Talmoon, Minnesota, where people are receiving deliverance every week. Pray that they will continue to walk in freedom as they follow Jesus.

Pray for a new ministry for single parents at The Bridge Church in Watertown, South Dakota, that will launch on January 21. Pray that those attending will find support and encouragement as they meet with other single parents.

Northeastern District

Pray for a one-day event on January 24 to help equip and train church workers to minister to children, youth, and adults. Pray that attendees will come away with effective tools to train the next generation in their local churches.

South Pacific District

Pray for preparations for Refresh, a regional pastors’ meeting on January 29. Pray that God will meet each participant with a fresh revelation of His love and grace.

Western Pennsylvania District

Pray for John Grusendorf, pastor of New Wilmington (Pennsylvania) Alliance Church, who is home recuperating from surgery.

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