Alliance Prayer Requests

March 18, 2019

Urgent Prayer Request

Intercede for those affected by flooding in the Sentani area of Papua that has claimed 62 lives and destroyed hundreds of homes. At this writing, no Alliance international workers have been affected. C&MA (GKII) church members are safe, but many are in temporary housing in churches, in schools, and under tarps. The Alliance Bible school in the area (STT Levinus) is flooded, with many students having lost their belongings.

An aid center is being established at one of the largest Alliance churches (Ebenhazer Church), and CAMA personnel and an Alliance worker are on the ground distributing water, tarps, and food. The national church relief arm (Tents of Compassion) is working with local Alliance district leaders and the field to see how they can assist victims in the name of Jesus. Pray that the church will be galvanized to reach out to unbelievers and come alongside Christians during this very difficult time. People who wish to contribute to these efforts can send their support to the CAMA Disaster Relief Fund.

Creative-Access Countries

God, Your workers in creative-access countries give thanks, for Your name is near. They tell of Your wonderful deeds. Let them be encouraged in heart and united in love so they will have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that more people in their nations will know the mystery of You, namely, Your Son, Jesus Christ (Psalm 75:1; Colossians 2:2).

Intercede for a worker couple whose dryer caught on fire, spreading soot throughout their apartment. The fire was quickly contained, but cleanup will be challenging. They are preparing for home assignment and retirement, which will involve disposing of all their household goods, final farewell meals, and other responsibilities. Pray for God's help, empowerment, and peace.

Africa

O Lord our God, Your workers in Africa praise You with all their hearts; they glorify Your name forever. Give them a sign of Your goodness so their enemies will see it, for You have helped and comforted them. Let all these nations clap their hands and shout to You with cries of joy. How awesome are You, the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth! (Psalm 86:12, 17; Psalm 47:1–2).

Burkina Faso

Intercede for an Alliance widows' group that meets for prayer and encouragement from God's Word. Pray for His comfort and provision for these women as they walk through this painful journey.

"We thank the Lord for specific answers to prayer for several prisoners to whom we minister, including one woman who accepted Christ," the Bobo team writes. Pray for her as she is discipled.

Pray for complete deliverance for a Bible school student and that God's Word will work powerfully in all the students' lives.

West Africa

Intercede for a young man from a village where Alliance workers are involved in outreach efforts. He was brought to the Alliance-affiliated hospital for treatment of a severe foot wound. He seems open to the gospel and is learning to read. Pray for physical healing and that God will make Himself known to this man and his wife in a powerful way that they can understand.

Pray for a local cult leader who seems drawn to Jesus yet has much baggage from demonic and occult influences. Pray for this man to be completely liberated from this bondage and use his influence to help turn people to an authentic understanding of Jesus.

Pray for effective follow-up in villages where outreaches have recently taken place. Pray that new churches will be established in previously unreached areas.

Pray for a training event next week at the hospital to better equip national medical workers to present community-related preventative health lessons. Pray that this educational opportunity will open more doors for better health teaching at the hospital and in the community.

Intercede for complete healing of a young boy who has a history of seizures. He has shown marked improvement after believers started praying for him. Pray also that his entire family will come to Christ.

Pray for several young men who were born into believing families but have never given their lives to the Lord. "They reside in rural areas near one of our primary villages for outreach," Alliance workers write. Ask God to make Himself real to them.

Pray for salvation for a man whose wife and children have committed themselves to Jesus. Specifically, pray that he will attend an upcoming camp/outreach program offered by the local church district.

Asia/Pacific

Father, You are our God forever and ever; remind Your workers in Asia/Pacific that You will be their guide even to the end. Show them that You are a high priest who sympathizes with their weaknesses. Let them approach Your throne of grace with confidence so that they will receive mercy and find grace to help them in their time of need (Psalm 48:14; Hebrews 4:15–16).

Last week, J. P. and Judy Schultz, Envision site coordinators, received news that Judy's mom had passed away. Intercede for them in their grief and as they spend time with family.

Pray for God's anointing and empowerment for Alliance workers J and E, who will minister at Fairhaven Church for their Global Impact weekend.

Intercede for Alliance staff dealing with visa issues, especially one couple still awaiting word on permission to return to the country.

Japan

Pray for Alliance church network pastors and some international workers as they gather March 18–19. Pray for productive discussions.

Intercede for a pastor who is preparing for ordination.

Pray for God to call and equip more workers in Japan. "We long to see more churches being planted," write field leaders Don and Hazel Schaeffer.

Pray for preparations for the Field Forum in April and for God to speak to the workers through Mitch Kim's ministry.

Europe/Middle East

Lord, You sit enthroned as King forever. Give strength to Your workers in Europe/Middle East and bless them with peace. Let them share in Your Son, Jesus Christ, as they hold firmly till the end the confidence they had at first. For their sake do not keep silent, do not remain quiet, till their righteousness shines out like the dawn, their salvation like a blazing torch (Psalm 29:10–11; Hebrews 3:14; Isaiah 62:1).

Spain

Intercede for Krista and Larry Lain and their daughter Averi, who have packed up and are heading to the United States for a medical leave of absence this week. Pray for them as they reconnect with daughter Acacia March 25. Ask the Father to give them wisdom as they consider employment and location choices during their time in Indiana.

Pray for Ernie Klassen, a Canadian colleague who will travel to Peru and Venezuela this week for 28 teaching and preaching engagements in Alliance churches in both countries. Pray for health and stamina for him and his wife, Marilyn.

Pray for Martha Vega, who will receive training in TESL this month while on home assignment, and for her husband, Jorge, who is studying for an online master's in biblical studies. Pray for wisdom, protection, and courage for their daughter, Anna Vega, who will soon embark on a short-term missions trip to Ecuador.

This week Juan Zúñiga, a Peruvian colleague, will return from home assignment to coordinate plans for the Bethany School of Mission and Discipleship this summer as well as collaborations with U.S. and Chilean churches to establish a year-round missions training center.

Latin America

Father, remind Your workers in Latin America that Your salvation is near them so Your glory may dwell in their land. Revive them again, that they may rejoice in You. Guide them always; satisfy their needs in a sun-scorched land and strengthen their frames. Then they will be like well-watered gardens, like springs whose waters never fail (Psalm 85:9, 6; Isaiah 58:11).

FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology)

The "Encounter with God" movement in Lima, Peru, will celebrate its 36th anniversary March 26–29. More than 2,000 Alliance leaders in Lima alone are expected to gather together. The theme will be "Reaffirming our Alliance Identity," with FATELA professors Dr. Walter Pérez, Dr. Francisco Cerrón, and Dr. Miguel Palomino as keynote speakers. Pray for a work of the Spirit at this momentous event.

Mexico

Rejoice for the growth of the Breath of Life church in Guadalajara, which expanded to two services because there were no more chairs for all the people! Continue to pray for the church's ministry in the community. "There is so much darkness, and we have the light!" write Alliance workers Bob and Cheryl Fugate. Also, intercede for the process of obtaining permits to build on the land the congregation purchased for a second church in this community that is in great need of hope, love, and peace.

Brazil

Pray for Len and Diane Warden as Diane cares for her parents, who are in ill health; ask for God's healing touch.

Uruguay

Intercede for a weekly women's Bible study that started recently.

Ask for clear, specific guidance regarding a building for a ministry center.

Pray for English initiatives that will resume soon after the Latin America summer break.

North and Central Asia

Lord, You are the strength of Your workers in north and central Asia, a fortress of salvation for Your anointed ones. Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; be their shepherd, and carry them forever. You who have compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water. Let them rejoice in the hope of Your glory (Psalm 28:8–9; Isaiah 49:10; Romans 5:2b).

United States

O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead us like a flock and sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth. Awaken Your might and save us. Remind us that You reached down from on high and took hold of us; You drew us out of deep waters. We shout for joy and burst into song, for You comfort us and have compassion on Your afflicted ones (Psalm 80:1–2; Psalm 18:16; Isaiah 49:13).

Church Ministries

Pray for the Ohio Valley District Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, March 18–20, and the Alliance Northwest District Conference in Portland, Oregon, March 18–20.

Association of African Churches

Pray for Rev. Siyum Gebretsadik, president, as he ministers to pastors and churches throughout the United States. Pray specifically for godly wisdom in his leadership.

Central District

Intercede for Rev. Doug Lang and members of New London (Ohio) Alliance Church, which is establishing a health-care clinic to run the third Wednesday of each month. The congregation desires to reach people for Christ while meeting their basic needs. Pray for this endeavor to serve the community and provide affordable care for those who otherwise wouldn't have access to it.

Mid-Atlantic District

Pray for Rev. Doug Conley, district superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Pray that the district will become a movement of healthy, Christ-honoring, multiplying churches.

Puerto Rico District

Intercede for a short-term missions team that will travel to Berlin, Germany, in several weeks. Members will be supporting and helping local international workers with Hispanic immigrants. Pray for safe travel and opportunities to share God's love with those in need.

Western Pennsylvania District

Intercede for the Marriage Encounter in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, March 22–24. May the couples find new significance in their marriages and develop deeper love and respect for each other during this weekend.

Pray for Gary Shingler, pastor of the Cresson Alliance Church, who has been diagnosed with colon cancer. He is awaiting biopsy results to determine the type; once this is known, the doctors will decide the best treatment. Intercede for complete healing and restoration. Pray too for Christ's presence and peace for Gary and his wife, Joan, as they face this ordeal.

Intercede for Alan Thompson, pastor at Broadway Alliance Church, who recently suffered a stroke. He remains hospitalized in Pittsburgh; an MRI revealed extensive damage, and he is also battling pneumonia. Alan seems aware of his surroundings and is responding with eye movements. Continue to pray for him and his wife, Terri, and their family during this very difficult time.

Empowering Alliance Ministries

As The Alliance seeks to broaden the reach of the gospel, gifts to Alliance ministries enable our workers to bring His life-giving message to lost people in our own neighborhoods and around the world. Please pray for God's people to give faithfully to help ensure that those without hope can experience His loving embrace. Pray too for a generous response to the Great Commission Day Offering, which will help send 60 news workers called by God, vetted, prepared, and eager to bring the good news to people who have yet to hear it. May God move in the hearts of Alliance people to make His truth accessible to thousands more of the world's unreached.

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