Alliance Prayer Requests
February 13, 2017
Urgent Prayer Requests
Central Pacific District
Pray for all who are affected by a mass evacuation in Northern California due to problems with the Oroville Dam. One Alliance church, the Radiant Life Christian Fellowship (Marysville, California), has had to evacuate. Chico Alliance Church and Paradise Alliance Church are being used as shelters and meeting the physical and spiritual needs of those displaced. The district has received reports of people rededicating their lives to the Lord and expressing spiritual interest for the first time. Please pray for these three churches and those to whom they are ministering. This emergency will continue well into the week as officials try to ascertain the condition of the dam and as more rain is predicted on Wednesday.
Lord, help Your workers in creative-access countries to trust You with all their hearts and lean not on their own understanding. Your Word says when we acknowledge You in all our ways, You will make our paths straight. As surely as the sun rises, You will appear; You will come to us like the spring rains that water the earth. Thank You, Lord, that whoever follows You will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life (Proverbs 3:5–6; Hosea 6:3; John 8:12).
Pray for a successful English camp during the next two weeks. Specifically, pray that students will be drawn to the Lord through the love demonstrated by His people.
Savior, we are not ashamed of the gospel, because it is Your power for the salvation of everyone who believes. Restore to our brothers and sisters in Africa the joy of Your salvation and grant them a willing spirit to sustain them. Then they will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to You (Romans 1:16; Psalm 51:12–13).
Pray for Al and Lauralyn Stombaugh, regional leadership couple, as they prepare for home assignment in about 11 weeks.
Pray for Joseph and Maria Howard as they conduct three missions mobilization seminars in the Tougan area.
Intercede for the small group of believers in the village of Bamadeni. A false prophet has installed a temporary structure outside the church property. The noise level from his followers makes it difficult to hold services. Pray for great courage for the pastor as he resolves this challenging situation.
Pray for 124 female students at two Alliance Bible schools. Specifically, pray that they will avail themselves of the opportunity for literacy learning and studying God’s Word. May these women become well equipped for every good work.
Pray for Alliance workers in Burkina Faso to persevere in serving Jesus and to shine His light to all with whom they come in contact. Pray too for lasting Kingdom impact from Alliance work in Burkina.
Pray for the safety of short-term teams that will install the electrical system at Bongolo Hospital’s new eye center.
Bongolo’s Internet service is currently down; team members are using their cell phones to connect to the Web until the problem is resolved. Please pray for needed financial provision to restore service.
Praise God that two children with cancer are responding well to their treatment at Koutiala Hospital. Please intercede for four other children beginning cancer treatment.
Pray for a joint Mali/Burkina Alliance Women’s outreach event this week in several villages.
Intercede for new pastors being ordained in the Koutiala District and for Bible school students studying for the pastorate.
Pray for peace to reign in Mali after a recent security incident in the southern part of the country, which the Alliance team is monitoring.
Father, Your Word says to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than ourselves. Please help each of Your workers in the Asia/Pacific Region to look not only to their own interests but also to the interests of others. Just as Your workers received Christ Jesus as Lord, may they continue to live their lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as they were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Philippians 2:3–5; Colossians 2:6–8).
Pray for God’s direction during the Indonesia Field Strategic Review, February14–26.
Pray for Papua United Football Club, a CAMA soccer outreach, amid various challenges. Specifically, pray for a coach who will soon be licensed and for kids who are being mentored.
Pray for good progress in an Old Testament translation project and for energy, health, and clear minds for the team involved in this work.
In partnership with Alliance churches in the village of Ngalik, two worker families were sent to study the Bible at a training center. Their plan is to return to the village in a year and teach the chronological material to their tribe. Pray for good health and stamina for these workers.
Thank you, God, for always leading Your workers in triumphal procession in Christ and, through them, spreading everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of You. May You be exalted over all the nations in the Europe/Middle East Region, Your glory above the heavens. We rejoice that Your purpose always prevails, though many are the plans in the hearts of men (2 Corinthians 2:14; Psalm 113:4; Proverbs 19:21).
Pray for the organization and implementation of two Alpha courses at the Bordeaux-Merignac Alliance Church starting in March, one in Farsi with Iranian refugee families and the other with new people who have begun attending church. Intercede as well for Todd and Terri Althaus, who lead this young congregation.
Give thanks for the recent election of a French pastoral couple to serve at Eglise Protestante Internationale (EPI) in southwestern France. In March, this church will celebrate nine years of ministry. Pray for international workers Brad and Tina Reynolds, who will work alongside this couple during the transition.
Pray for God to call workers for French Alliance churches and for revival that will result in churches being renewed with a fresh vision for reaching the lost.
Pray that God will provide financial partners and funding for the Bethany House project in Alicante to move forward. The goal is to disciple and train young people as well as provide a place of renewal and retreats for pastors and leaders.
Intercede for a refreshing spiritual retreat, February 17–19, for Canadian workers in Spain and from across western Europe.
Pray for a local pastoral couple in Madrid, Fernando and Maria Julia Castro, and their two children, who will depart for London this week to plant a church among Spanish-speaking immigrants. Pray for financial provision, direction, and lasting spiritual impact.
Pray for new workers Link and Amneris Berthaut as they continue to adjust to life and ministry in Spain. Originally from Puerto Rico, Link is the new field business manager.
Teach Your people in Latin America Your way, O Lord; lead them in a straight path. Let them fix their eyes on You, the author and perfecter of their faith, who for the joy set before You endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Thank You that You restore our souls, Lord; guide Your children in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake (Psalm 27:11; Hebrews 12:2; Psalm 23:3).
Intercede for a short-term missions team of 14 people from Butler, Pennsylvania, who will be involved in construction and children's ministry. This will be the last team to be hosted by Bruce and Becky Dyke before they go on home assignment and then retire. “We praise the Lord for the Community Alliance Church—for their 15 years of faithful service to the Dominican through our Santo Domingo Center,” Bruce and Becky write.
Please continue to pray for Steve Zopfi’s full recovery from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, which had invaded his left lung and the pericardial sac surrounding his heart. The operation is believed to have been successful, but he has experienced dangerous complications, including a massive blood clot in the jugular. He is also at risk for aspiration when swallowing food. Steve is now home from the hospital and may need radiation treatment. Intercede for complete healing and especially for Steve to know how to swallow correctly to avoid aspiration, which could lead to pneumonia. Pray also for Debbie and the rest of the family during this challenging time.
Pray for preparations for an English camp, July 3–7. “We have just begun the process of recruiting volunteers, organizing schedules, and working out various details,” Alliance workers write. “Please pray for wisdom, creativity, and God's guidance in this great ministry opportunity.”
North and Central Asia
Teach Your children in north and central Asia Your way, O Lord, and they will walk in Your truth. Give them undivided hearts so that they may fear Your name. Those who hope in You will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint (Psalm 86:11; Isaiah 40:31).
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 we continually come near to You with our mouths and honor You with our lips while keeping our hearts close to You. We desire to do Your will; Your law is within our hearts (2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 29:13; Psalm 40:8).
Alliance Youth Office and Candidate Development Office
Pray for safe travels for 30 Crown students who will visit the C&MA National Office, February 14–16. Most are Christian ministry or Christian education majors. Ask for God's guidance as they seek to discern where He is calling them after they graduate.
Alliance Northwest District
Pray for Reach 2017, a three-day conference for high school students and leaders, February 17–20. Pray that many youth will attend and experience life transformation.
Intercede for Rev. Mony Khiev, district superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches throughout the United States. Pray that the district will commit to planting several new churches annually.
Pray for encouragement and God’s continued blessing on Pastor Jack Whitacre of Capon Bible Fellowship in Capon Bridge, West Virginia.
Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio, has a new Saturday evening group that meets for prayer and evangelism. May they seek God for a sense of unity in the group and in their community as they desire to minister to people who don’t know Christ.
Pray for Rev. Bob Collins, executive director of Alliance Chaplain Ministries, as he comes alongside several new chaplains and chaplaincy candidates. Rejoice that they desire to follow God’s call into ministry. Pray for Alliance chaplains currently serving in the United States or overseas. May they look to the Lord during anxious moments, and may He give them His peace.
Eastern Pennsylvania District
A new church, Hope Alliance in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, defines itself by the statement “Simply Jesus.” For the members, ministry is all about Jesus; everything else is secondary. Pray that God will help Rev. Adam Eshbaugh, the pastor, to lead the church and develop strong relationships with people in the community, especially those who need the Lord.
Great Lakes District
Pray for an Alliance Men’s Retreat, February 17–18 at Beulah Beach Camp and Retreat Center in Vermillion, Ohio. Intercede especially for Dr. John Stumbo, U.S. C&MA president, as he encourages participants to become the men God intended them to be.
Pray for district youth as they attend Avalanche, the annual winter retreat. Pray that these students will seek to know God in a deeper way.
Rocky Mountain District
Intercede for Paxton, the 17-year-old son of Rev. Joe Fisher, associate pastor at Fellowship Alliance in Columbia Falls, Montana. Paxton will undergo chemotherapy for adenocarcinoma, a vicious cancer. Pray that the treatment will successfully eradicate the inoperable tumor at the bottom of his esophagus. Pray for a supernatural touch from the Lord for Paxton and strength and peace for the entire family. May God be glorified in Paxton’s life.
The Alliance Southeast District
During a recent heart catheterization, it was discovered that John Sappia has another hole in his heart. “While this is unfortunate, the great news is that doctors can repair this hole using a catheter,” John says. “Twenty years ago it would have required another open-heart surgery.” After he recuperates from his recent procedure, John will return to the hospital in about a month to repair the hole. Pray for a successful operation and a full recovery.
Spanish Western Association
Pray for Rev. Hector F. Lecaro, president, as he ministers to pastors and churches. Pray for the unity of Hispanic leaders, increased levels of ministerial preparation, and strong doctrinal understanding.
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