Alliance Prayer Requests

January 9, 2017

Creative-Access Countries

Thank You, God, for sending Jesus, who had no sin, to be sin for us so that in Him we might become Your righteousness. May the words of Your workers’ mouths and the meditation of their hearts be pleasing in Your sight. Teach the peoples in creative-access countries Your way, O Lord, so they may walk in Your truth. Give them undivided hearts so that they may fear Your name (2 Corinthians 5:21; Psalm 19:14; Psalm 86:11).

Africa

Heavenly Father, Your law is within the hearts of Your servants in Africa. May they desire to do Your will. Your Word says that blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence. Let Your followers in Africa fix their eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of their faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of Your throne (Psalm 40:8; Psalm 89:15; Hebrews 12:2).

Burkina Faso

Praise the Lord for a young woman who came to a Bible study and accepted Christ as her Savior. Many women here have been abandoned with little children. Pray that others will come to C&MA Bible studies and begin to build their lives on the Lord Jesus.

Praise God for the immense openness to the gospel and the many opportunities to share His truth in Burkina Faso! Pray for more workers to continue His work here.

Intercede for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome as they acclimate to Burkina Faso after returning from home assignment.

Pray for Joseph and Maria Howard as they continue to encourage outreach among five focused people groups in their area.

Mali

Thanks to all who have interceded for premature infants being treated at the Hospital for Women and Children. Several have returned home, and some new babies have been admitted. Please continue to pray for these little ones.

Praise God! Two young girls undergoing chemotherapy at Koutiala Hospital are responding well to treatments. Please continue to intercede for them and for medications to be available to treat them.

Asia/Pacific

Mighty God, the armor You provide for Your workers in the Asia/Pacific Region helps them to take their stand against the devil’s schemes. Though they live in the world, they do not wage war as the world does. On the contrary, the weapons they fight with have divine power to demolish strongholds. Empower Your servants to overcome arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of You, and help them to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (Ephesians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 10:3–5; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12).

Indonesia

Rejoice for the Lord’s work in the Silimo area of Papua, including a fetish burning ceremony and a two-day youth retreat with 100 in attendance and 32 baptisms. Some committed to purity and faithfulness. Pray for God’s Spirit to continue His work.

Pray for repentance for several men who vandalized a C&MA church Christmas Eve and claimed the building for themselves. Pray for peace among Alliance churches in the area.

Intercede for Wes and Caren Smith and their two children, Lucy and Griffin, as they adjust to their move from Bandung to Jakarta.

Pray for C&MA pastors and professors who will attend a Christian writers’ workshop in Bandung, January 15–18, which will emphasize church discipleship and renewal.

Taiwan

Pray that a migrant worker, to whom international workers Charlie and Mary Dang have ministered, will secure employment soon so he can remain in Taiwan.

Pray against the influence of Jehovah’s witnesses who have become active in rural communities where Alliance international workers are involved in church planting. Intercede for God’s protection over local believers, whom this group is targeting.

Pray for open, responsive hearts during a prayer retreat for the Taiwan team, January 17–18.

Europe/Middle East

Dear God, we stand amazed that those You foreknew, You also predestined to be conformed to Your Son’s likeness so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. Therefore, in view of Your mercy, embolden Your workers in Europe and the Middle East to offer their bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to You. May they not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of their minds. Then they will be able to test and approve Your good, pleasing, and perfect will (Romans 8:29; Romans 12:1–2).

Spain

Please continue to pray that God will provide partners and funding needed for the Bethany House project’s vision to move forward in Alicante. The goal is to disciple and train young people while providing a place of renewal and retreats for pastors and leaders.

Intercede this week for the Lord’s wisdom and direction during an important two-day meeting of the C&MA’s National Church Committee in Spain.

Pray for Dr. Ernie Klassen as he teaches a course on homiletics this week at the C&MA’s Bible institute in Madrid.

Pray for international workers Steve and Claudia Irvin, who recently returned to the States for home assignment and will begin ministering in Missions Emphasis events this week.

Latin America

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to You, God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, empower Your workers in Latin America to stand firm. Let nothing move them as they give themselves fully to Your work, because they know that their labor in You is not in vain. Your Word says if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! In all these things we are more than conquerors through You who love us (1 Corinthians 15:56–58; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Romans 8:37).

Dominican Republic

Pray for U.S. C&MA President Dr. John Stumbo as he visits the Dominican Republic to speak at the Dominican National Church Annual Assembly as well as several Alliance churches, January 12–15. Pray for God’s anointing on the business sessions during the day and upon John Stumbo and his translator, Onésimo Féliz, during the evening services.

Mexico

Please intercede for Alliance international worker Steve Zopfi, who will have surgery January 19 at the University of California (San Francisco) to remove a cancerous tumor near his heart and lungs. Pray for complete healing and that God will guide the surgeon’s hands; pray too that Steve’s wife, Debbie, and their oldest daughter will obtain housing near the hospital. Debbie also will need gall bladder surgery after Steve’s operation. Pray against a gall-bladder related emergency during Steve’s procedure and recovery.

North and Central Asia

Dear Jesus, may Your servants in north and central Asia fix their eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Help them to watch and pray so that they will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak. With their adversaries is only the arm of flesh, but You are with Your children to help them and to fight their battles

United States

Lord, Your angels encamp around those who fear You, and You will deliver them. Thank You for being faithful to us and not letting us be tempted beyond what we can bear. When we are tempted, please provide a way out so that we can stand up under it (Psalm 34:7; 1 Corinthians 10:13,14).

Church Ministries

Pray for a successful Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) training January 10–13 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Specifically, pray that participants will learn new skills to enhance communication and improve relationships.

Alliance Peacemaking

Pray for a Resolving Everyday Conflict Training January 10–11, at Salem (Oregon) Alliance Church and that attendees will learn how to handle conflict biblically.

Association of Filipino Churches

Pray for Rev. Lorenzo (Bong) Collado, president, as he ministers to pastors and churches in the United States. Pray that the association will succeed in developing geographic groups of pastors for fellowship and mutual edification.

Chaplain Ministries

Pray for the many Alliance military chaplains who have been deployed recently to various places in the United States and around the world. Pray for their families during these transitions.

Church Multiplication

Pray for wisdom this year for Rev. Dave Reynolds, national team leader for Church-Multiplication Ministries. Pray for encouragement, financial resources, and more support from local church leaders in this challenging work.

Vietnamese District

Pray for Rev. Thach Le, district superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches. Pray that the district can help to infuse new life into local churches and various church activities.

Empowering Alliance Ministries

Thank you for serving Jesus by praying for Alliance ministries around the world. As you intercede, please ask that God’s people will give generously to send workers to communities that desperately need His peace and redemption. From countries caught up in political and economic turmoil to those recovering from war and natural disaster, The Alliance is there, providing help and hope to hurting people. Thank you for partnering with our workers as they share Christ’s love in some of the most spiritually impoverished places on earth.

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