Alliance Prayer Requests

January 14, 2019

Europe/Middle East

Lord, You long to be gracious to Your workers in Europe/Middle East; rise to show them compassion. You are the God of justice. Blessed are they, for they wait for You. Let them have peace, those who love You; may they be secure. Open a door for their message so they can proclaim the mystery of Your Son, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 30:18; Psalm 122:6; Colossians 4:3).

Bosnia

Praise the Lord that the Internet is being used to reach unreached people in Bosnia-Herzegovina! After connecting to an evangelistic Web site and chatting online with a pastor’s wife, more than 30 people requested more information/Christian literature—and, in some cases, a Bible. “Elle” asked for a follow-up visit after exploring the site. A member of the country’s majority religion, she lives in a city with no gospel witness and no known believers. This is the same city where Alliance workers took a team for focused prayer last year, asking the Lord to open doors for the good news there. Intercede for the upcoming visit with Elle. Pray specifically that God will give her courage as she considers following Jesus.

France

Pray for the transition of a new pastor who will arrive at Trinity International Church of Paris in January.

Praise the Lord! An Alliance church near Bordeaux has outgrown their temporary space. Pray for them as they seek to purchase property for a new location.

Pray that God will raise up French pastors for the next generation.

Germany

Rejoice with Kenny and Karissa Young, newly appointed Alliance international workers, for their safe arrival to Waren. “Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us,” they write. Their kids are adjusting well. Continue to pray for the Youngs’ smooth transition to life and ministry in Germany.

Spain

This weekend Steve and Claudia Irvin will teach part of a course on Spiritual Leadership at a leadership retreat for the Alliance church in Barcelona. Ask the Lord to fill Steve with His Spirit as he directs the new diploma program for this church.

A long-time member of the team in Terrassa did not return from Scotland after the holidays as her mother’s cancer has returned. However, a new member arrives this week from Canada. She has served with Envision in Spain, and now returns as a long-term international worker! Pray for a smooth transition for all members of the team.

Pray for Raymond and Mary Ebbett as they minister in Alliance churches this winter and spring to finish out their missionary service. Ask the Father for divine healing for Raymond, who is now suffering with shingles.

Latin America

Most High, You rule over all the nations. Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You. As Your workers in Latin America make music, they will sing, “All my fountains are in You.” Their hearts rejoice in You; in You their horns are lifted high. Let their mouths boast over their enemies, for they delight in Your deliverance. Strengthen them in You, and in Your name they will walk (2 Chronicles 20:6; Psalm 87:7; 1 Samuel 2:1; Zechariah 10:12).

North and Central Asia

God, blessed be Your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. Remind Your workers in north and central Asia that You are the strength of their hearts and their portion forever. They have made You their refuge; they will tell of all Your deeds. Let them, Your beloved, rest secure in You, for You shield them all day long and they rest between Your shoulders (Nehemiah 9:5b; Psalm 73:26b, 28; Deuteronomy 33:12).

Creative-Access Countries

Father, let Your workers in creative-access countries be utterly amazed; do something in their days that they would not believe, even if they were told. Walking in the way of Your laws, they wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of their hearts. Let them have no fear, for their hearts are steadfast, trusting in You (Habbakuk 1:5; Isaiah 26:8; Psalm 112:7).

In some countries where Alliance workers serve, Orthodox Christmas was celebrated January 7. Pray for effective follow-up of the many Christmas services and outreaches held this month. Ask the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who heard the gospel during these events.

Intercede specifically for attendees of outreaches held January 7 and 8 at the Center for Internally Displaced People (IDP). Pray that those who received gifts will be drawn to other center activities and for opportunities to share the gospel with a wider group of IDPs in need.

Pray for an ongoing Christmas outreach throughout this month for needy people that will feature distribution of groceries and gifts to celebrate Christ’s birth. Pray that volunteers will fully express God’s love among the recipients.

Africa

Mighty One of Jacob, bless Your workers in Africa with abundant provisions; satisfy the poor with food. Clothe Your saints with salvation, so they will ever sing for joy. To You who are able to keep them from falling, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all ages. Remember them with favor for all they have done for the people of these nations (Psalm 132:15–16; Jude 1:24–25; Nehemiah 5:19).

Burkina Faso

Pray for peace in this country and in the hearts of Alliance workers despite increased security concerns.

Pray for easy transport for the cement and roofing materials that are needed at a Bible school in this country.

Intercede for Andrew as he travels to the Centennial Celebration of the National Church in Guinea.

West Africa

A group of people in the church have rebelled against the elders and are claiming they are now in charge. They have brought in sorcerers and threatened the pastor with bodily harm. The national church network has given the church a deadline to get this matter under control or they will have to close the church. Please pray for peace and wisdom for this pastor and his leadership team as they attempt to bring resolution.

Intercede for God’s leading, empowerment, and favor for a team in West Africa as they move forward on new initiatives to reach the lost.

A team of visitors is coming soon to assist with projects at the hospital. Pray for the Lord’s blessing to be on them and their work. Pray also that they will come away from their experience with a better idea of what the Lord is doing in this region and their part in it.

Praise God for how He has been working in the lives of unbelievers through international workers in this region! Continue to pray for His Spirit to draw many in their spheres of influence to Himself and for them to be in tune with the Spirit and obedient.

Rejoice with this team as the Lord has provided a church building for a congregation in a largely unreached city in this region. Pray that they will be able to complete their building in a timely manner, and that God will continue to draw more people to be part of His Body in that city.

Asia/Pacific

Father, come quickly to Your workers in Asia/Pacific. You are their help and their deliverer; do not delay. Remind them that they reflect Your glory and are being transformed into Your likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from Your Spirit. Since through Your mercy they have this ministry, do not let them lose heart (Psalm 70:5; 2 Corinthians 3:18–4:1).

Indonesia

Intercede for W and K, who are facing a serious challenge to their visa presence. Pray for God’s intervention and favor with officials who are involved.

Pray also for other workers who are in the beginning or the middle of visa renewals. Several thousand expatriates throughout the country have been found to be in violation of their visa identity; this has slowed the renewal process for those seeking to obey visa laws.

Pray for Alliance theological schools as they begin the new semester. “Ask God to move mightily on our campuses for His glory and the advancement of the gospel,” Alliance workers write.

Taiwan

This month international workers will be with national church pastors and families for a Chinese New Year meal and retreat. Pray for strengthening of relationships and a deeper understanding of the work they can accomplish together.

The national network of churches will meet this week. Pray for God to lead in this meeting for the future strategy of church planting in Taiwan.

Thailand

This month, Keith and Sarah Neigenfind will start teaching English and meeting with people at a community center. Pray that many will stop by and hear the gospel through this outreach.

Praise the Lord! An Alliance church-planting team reports the following: “In our first prayer meeting of the new year, a young man attended and received Christ. Also, one of our young people just led three high school students to the Lord. Recently, in our first care group meeting this year, a visitor prayed to accept Jesus.” Rejoice for how God has been at work, and pray for the new believers’ ongoing discipleship.

United States

Lord, how good and pleasant it is when we live together in unity! Bestow Your blessings on us, even life forevermore. You are our lamp; You turn our darkness into light. You are good to us for our hope is in You and we seek You. Remind us that because of Your great love we are not consumed, for Your compassions never fail (Psalm 133:1, 3b; 2 Samuel 22:29; Lamentations 3:25, 22).

Alliance Northwest District

Intercede for Rev. Randy Shaw, district superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Pray that the district can become a movement of healthy, Christ-honoring multiplying churches.

Association of African Churches

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

Central District

Pray for the Lord’s wisdom, guidance, and direction as the Central District office searches for a part-time administrative assistant to join their support staff team.

Pray for the weekly worship and prayer services at Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church. Pray for Rev. Alan Brown as he encourages people in the church to start home Bible studies to reach their community.

Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio, is planting a new house church on January 20. Pray for congregational health as they grow and for continued health for the other house churches. Pray also that this Body will remain faithful to their challenge to increase giving to ensure more than 50 percent of their budget goes to missions.

Living Hope Church in Medina, Ohio, is teaming up with other local churches for an outreach event. Their goal is to put a gospel tract on every front door. Pray for engagement, perseverance, and cooperation that reflects Christ-centered unity amid diversity.

Metropolitan District

Praise God for Bruce Terpstra’s progress in his recovery from heart surgery. Pray that the Lord will bring complete healing.

North Central District

The North Central District is sponsoring a ministry couple retreat on January 21–23 in Alexandria, Minnesota. Pray that God will bless, strengthen, and guide each ministry couple as they deal with ministry challenges.

Pastor John Tenjack from Grace Church in Forest Lake, Minnesota, is retiring after 25 years of ministry. Rejoice that he has remained faithful to the calling of the gospel and has shepherded his congregation well. Pray for divine guidance and direction as the Tenjack family seeks God’s will. Pray also as the congregation begins the search for a new pastor.

Rocky Mountain District

Intercede for the Peacemaking training taking place January 14–17 in Billings, Montana.

South Atlantic District

The annual youth retreat, Winter Blast, is January 18–20 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Pray that hearts will be softened toward the Lord.

Western Great Lakes District

Refuge Church in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a church plant that started in 2015 and serves more than 11 ethnic groups. Pray that the church can effectively live out their vision to ignite a movement of multi-ethnic Christ-followers to reach, develop, and send the next generations. Intercede for Pastor Bee Vang as he reaches out to those in his community and prays strategically about planting the first church within the next few years.

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