Alliance Prayer Requests
July 27, 2015
Father, help us to be confident that we will see Your goodness established among all peoples. Help us to wait for You, to be strong and take heart. Make the lives of Alliance workers proclamations of Your greatness and goodness in these lands. Make them fearless in the face of trials. Strengthen them to stand firm and release their lips to worship You for You are a great and awesome God (Psalm 27:13–14; Isaiah 6:3; Jeremiah 17:7–8; Habakkuk 3:17–19; Deuteronomy 7:21; Ezra 3:11).
Pray that doors would be opened for Alliance workers to build relationships and share the gospel at an English camp.
Pray for healing for an Alliance family who has been denied a visa because of health complications.
Pray for 50 children, kindergarten–7th grade, who will attend an English camp. Pray that they will have fun and be open to learn about the love of Christ.
Pray for Alliance workers who are short staffed due to the many families who are on home assignment this year. Pray that the Lord will protect and sustain those who remain, giving them the energy to do all that needs to be done.
Praise God for local believers who have been discipled and are now being sent out in ministry. Pray that they will continue to trust God and share His Word with those they encounter. Pray that the teams that have sent these workers will be provided with new local workers to disciple.
We praise you, Lord, for the great and awesome wonders You have performed for us. You are restoring joy and gladness to Your people. Only You can breathe the Spirit of life into the dead places to revive and transform Your Church. We will continue to declare that Your love endures forever among all peoples. May Jesus be exalted in and through the lives of Alliance workers in Africa (Psalm 136; Deuteronomy 10:21; Psalm 51:12; Ezekiel 37:1–14; Philippians 1:20).
Pray for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome to have clear minds as they organize an orality seminar in Bobo, July 29–31. Pray that all goes well and that pastors use what they learn to enhance their ministries.
Pray for the spiritual lives of 50 new believers who will be baptized in Sifirasso on August 2. Pray that their pastor will continue to preach the truth so that they will grow in their knowledge of the Lord.
Pray for Esther Schaeffer as she leads a children’s seminar on July 31. Pray that God will open the hearts of the children to hear about His love for them.
Pray that the women in the Bobo women’s prison will be moved by the love that Esther Schaeffer and her team are showing them.
Pray that Toby Hull will be a blessing as he works on the construction of church shelters this week.
FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)
Pray for the Côte d’Ivoire C&MA Church’s National Alliance Women’s Retreat that will be held July 27–Aug. 5. Pray that God’s presence will be evident and that the women’s hearts will be renewed.
Pray that Julian family will be an encouragement to the international workers in Gabon and Congo–Brazzaville.
Pray for the Hofman family’s safety as they make several 350 mile trips to renew their Gabonese residency cards. Pray that Wendy Hofman’s surgery will go well and that she will recover quickly.
Pray for a missionary retreat that will take place August 3–8. Pray that the missionaries there will grow closer to God and minister in unity.
Asia and the Pacific
Holy God, help us to draw near to You with true hearts in full assurance of faith on behalf of Alliance people in the Asia and Pacific region. We ask that You fill them with the knowledge of Your will and pray that from the treasures of Your glory, You will empower our colleagues with inner strength by Your Spirit. We thank You, Father, that Your Word is spreading widely and growing in power, and we pray that You will draw all peoples of this region to Yourself (Hebrews 10:22, Colossians 1:9, Ephesians 3:16, Acts 19:20, John 12:32).
Praise God for the work He did among the youth at the GKII National Youth meeting in mid-July. Almost 1,000 attended and many came forward for prayer. Pray that these youth will bring what they learned back to their churches so that more will be encouraged in their faith.
Pray for healing for Barry Jordan who sought medical attention last week for a physical issue. Pray that he will retain full control of his muscles and that the pain dissipates.
Pray for Joshua and his Selmat Tour soccer team ministry to have maximum impact among as many youth as possible.
Pray for Jen and Cody as they lead the Chicago Eagles soccer camp ministry in their community. Pray that God will open the hearts of the kids attending so that they can hear about and respond to His love.
Praise the Lord for short-term team ministries in Kaohsiung that have helped lead many of the Vietnamese in that area to Christ.Pray for protection over JinHou, a recent convert, as he begins ministry among the men in his community who have struggled as he has. Pray for Fungyee Lam and her team as they lead a vacation Bible school for community children at the Sihhu Alliance Church, July 27–31. Pray that the children who attend will be responsive to the gospel.
Omnipotent One, do Your will through Alliance workers who are building relationships among the peoples of Europe and the Middle East. Though the mission may seem daunting, we know nothing is too difficult for You and ask that You give Your servants boldness to proclaim the gospel in the face of opposition. As they dwell together in the unity of the faith, we pray that signs and wonders will follow them, causing many more men, women, and children to believe in You (Daniel 4:35, Genesis 18:14, 1 Thessalonians 2:2, Ephesians 4:13, Acts 4:30, Acts 5:14).
Praise God for an influential family that has turned to Christ in a village in an Eastern European country. This has greatly affected the village and many people are coming to Christ because of it. Nothing like this has ever happened in this country before. Pray that people in this village will continue to follow Christ and for protection against false teaching and persecution.
Pray for an Alliance couple who have said goodbye to many colleagues and friends who have moved away over the past year. Pray that the couple will find a new enthusiasm for their work with the people in their city. Also pray that they will see some of the promises fulfilled that they believe God has spoken about this region.
O Lord, You have shown Alliance people the power of Your works in Latin America; we praise You for Your great faithfulness. For Your purpose and grace, You called our Alliance workers to a holy life and ministry, with the promise that You would never leave nor forsake them. Fulfill their hope, we pray, that their desire to see souls saved would be realized. Pour out Your Spirit on the peoples of Latin America and their descendants so they will follow you all the days of their lives (Psalm 23:6, Psalm 111:6, Lamentations 3:23, 2 Timothy 1:9, Hebrews 13:5, Job 6:8, Isaiah 44:3).
Pray for lasting spiritual impact from a men’s retreat that that was held on July 25.
North and Central Asia
Help us, O Lord! By the power of Your Spirit, change our hearts. Remove our fear so that we can be bold for Your kingdom. We will remember the miracles that You have done in our lives because You are our refuge and strength. You will be with us even as we pass through the valley of death. You have redeemed us, protected us, and saved us. We will not be set ablaze by the fires of trial for You are the LORD. We pray that our workers in North and Central Asia will call to mind these great and precious promises as they face trials of every kind (Psalm 23, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 77:10–15, Daniel 3:16–18, Psalm 91:14–15, James 1:2–4).
Thank You, Lord, that Your great love never ceases; it endures forever. As the U.S. Alliance, we are the work of Your hand, and we trust that You are leading and holding us. Holy Spirit, we pray that You empower us to be Your witnesses as we go and make disciples in our neighborhoods and the nations; let the nations be blessed through Your Alliance servants. As we love one another deeply, we trust that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to Your power that works in us. We pray for Your abundant blessing so that in all things, at all times, we will have all we need to abound in every good work to the glory of Your name (Lamentations 3:22, Psalm 136:1, Isaiah 64:8, Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18, Galatians 3:8, 1 Peter 1:22, Ephesians 3:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8).
Pray for the 165 new official workers attending Resonate, a conference in Colorado Springs, August 10–13.
Alliance Northwest District
Pray for children, grades 4–7, as they learn more about the Lord at CAMA kids camp in Olympia, Washington, August 2–8. Pray that each child will learn to hear God’s voice and obey His will.
Continue to pray for members of Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church as they sponsor an evangelistic soccer camp, July 28–August 1. Pray for good weather and for many to participate and learn about Christ.
North Central District
Praise God for the ministry opportunities and spiritual growth of the 10 junior and senior high school students from ParkSide Church, Waconia, Minnesota. They recently served at The Central Mission in St. Paul during the Engage Twin Cities event.
Pray for safety, changed lives, and intentional father/son times as the Alliance Missionary Church, Mountain Lake, Minnesota, is taking 10 people to the Boundary Waters for a week-long trip, during which there will be three baptisms.
Pray for the families of two official workers that went home to be with the Lord last week: Rev. David B. Hustad, who served in the North Central District for 47 years; and Mr. Raymond J. Smith, president, Mokahum Indian Bible School, Cass Lake, Minnesota, who served The Alliance for more than 26 years.
Praise God for Rev. Derek Mansker, the new senior pastor at Battle Lake (Minnesota) Alliance Church, who begins in early August. Pray for a smooth transition, a warm welcome, and positive ministry impact.
Pray for those attending the elementary school-age camp at Delta Lake Bible Conference Center in New York this week. Pray that the campers will learn to trust God and become strong in their faith.
Western Pennsylvania District
Pray for those attending Edinboro (Pennsylvania) Family Camp, August 2–9. Pray that marriages and family relationships will be strengthened.
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