Prayer Is Primary

As reported in the July/Aug 2015 issue.

Requests from our Alliance Family



Every week, new people have visited the Living Water Church, and many have received Jesus. Through sports, youth, and other ministries, the gospel is being spread throughout the city of Poipet, and curious people are asking questions.

A recent soccer tournament drew 120 participants from ages 11–16, many of whom do not know Christ, who also listened to the evangelistic message. Pray that God will touch their hearts as they continue to play soccer and hear the good news each month. Also, pray that He will call more volunteer staff from among local believers for this sports ministry.

—Soeuth and Syna Lao


Some may wonder why we would choose to be so far away from our families and friends. God has placed our team here in northeast Germany to plant healthy, multiplying churches that will reach out to their communities. Many people in Berlin and throughout this region still need to hear the gospel. To that end, we continue to offer various events and gatherings, praying that God will use them to draw people to Himself.

Among others, we’re involved in church services, youth group, kids’ clubs, children’s church, the Emmaus discipleship course, an art gallery exhibit, a women’s cooking evening, and just spending time with the people God puts in our path. Please pray for each interaction, that we would be anointed by the Holy Spirit and be worthy ambassadors for the gospel. Also, pray that God will move in hearts and prepare those with whom we come in contact in the future.

—Don and Sarah Jones


Please intercede for Kathy and me as we serve a double role during the next year. In addition to our work at the Ishinomaki New Life Center, an Alliance outreach to those affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as of May 1, we are the field director couple here. Pray for strength, health, wisdom, and love as we take on this new ministry.

Recently, I read about a survey taken in various countries that asked: “Do you consider yourself to be religious?” Only 13 percent of the Japanese people who responded said yes.

Years ago, in English conversation classes I taught in Sayama, a city outside of Tokyo, I often asked Japanese adults if they believed in the existence of a god. Most said no or “I don’t know.” Then I asked them, “Do you believe in demons?” They all said yes!

I don’t know how many people in Ishinomaki would describe themselves as religious. Some, if not many, say Buddhist prayers for the spirits of the nearly 4,000 people in this city who died in the disaster. Yet no one seems repelled by the gospel. Whenever we tell tsunami survivors that those who receive Jesus by faith become children of the one, true God, they are deeply interested in what they hear.

In every area of Japan, Alliance international workers have discovered the vast majority of people aren’t resistant to the gospel—they just haven’t heard it. Please pray for us who serve in Ishinomaki—Alan and Jill Kropp, and Kathy and me—as we seek to bring His Word to those who are hungry for the truth.

—Ken and Kathy Young

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