Alliance Prayer Requests

February 19, 2019

Asia/Pacific

We thank you, Lord, for Your promise that You have overcome the world. We acknowledge that You are more powerful than all the powers of darkness that wage war against the efforts of Alliance international workers in the Asia/Pacific Region. Enable them to worship You amid the challenges and trials of serving in places resistant to Jesus. Empower them to persevere for Your name’s sake and rest in Your sovereignty as they hope in You (John 16:33, 2 Corinthians 4:17, Revelation 2:3, Isaiah 40:27).

Indonesia

Intercede for Agus, a prisoner in solitary confinement for several weeks. Pray that he will meet Jesus during this lonely time, that God will transform his mind, and that he will emerge from this situation spiritually healthy and praising the Father.

Pray for Lisa, a Canadian Alliance worker who will minister to a Hindu family that recently experienced the death of a grandmother. Pray that Lisa will shine the light of Christ to the children and grandchildren in the coming weeks.

Thailand

Pray for a teenager in an Alliance church who continues to struggle with his faith because of family persecution. Recently, he said he is uncertain about following Christ. Pray for him to hear the voice of the Lord calling him to remain faithful. Three other teens who were led to the Lord through other young people in the church are not allowed to attend services. Pray for wisdom for church leaders as they seek to encourage these young people in their faith while also exhorting them to obey their parents. Pray that the teens’ faith will be strengthened amid these family pressures.

Europe/Middle East

Father, we long for the day when the spiritual desert and parched lands of Europe and the Middle East will bloom with the glory of Your love. As our international workers serve You in these spiritually barren places, we recall Your works in years past. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known. Give our workers boldness, we pray; open doors of opportunity to share the mystery of Christ. Remove every obstacle from their path as they seek Your direction and be their Sabbath rest (Isaiah 35:1–6, Habakkuk 3:2, Colossians 4:3, Proverbs 3:5–6, Hebrews 4:9).

Spain

Delegates from Alliance churches in Spain will gather February 22–23 for their annual assembly, centered around the theme “Diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit” (Ephesians 4:3). Intercede for unity to prevail, as the last two assemblies were marked by strife. All offices will be elected, as they are currently vacant. Pray for Tim Westergren, U.S. Alliance field leader, who will moderate the event on behalf of the churches. “Intercede also for Rev. Luis Calderón from the International School of Prayer, who will challenge us and lead times of prayer,” Tim writes. Pray too for the two schools of prayer that he will lead this week in Zaragoza and Toledo.

Continue to pray for Leon, the son of newly appointed international workers Isaac and Samantha Fox. Since his birth on January 31, Leon has been in and out of the hospital with serious bronchial infections. Pray for complete healing and restoration.

Latin America

Father, we are overwhelmed by Your holiness and greatness! We declare Your awesome works, and we praise You for Your great deeds through Alliance ministries in Latin America. In those countries where our workers remain, Lord, we ask that You pour out Your Spirit; draw people to You through dreams and visions, and fill them with the understanding of Your love. Give Your workers strength to persevere and peace in knowing You go before them; walk with them, and take up their rear guard. Be glorified in all their endeavors as they bring the good news of Jesus to people in need of the Savior (Ezekiel 38:23, Psalm 145:5, Acts 2:17, Isaiah 41:10, Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 52:12, Matthew 5:16).

FATELA (Latin American Graduate School of Theology)

The new academic year begins in March. Pray that many will register for on-site and internet classes and that the year will get off to a strong start.

Pray for the undergraduate program, which will focus on “La Biblia del Oso: Its History and Importance in the Spanish Language.” This was the first complete Spanish translation of the Bible by Casiodoro de Reina in 1569.

Registration has begun for the new DMin program in coordination with the Alliance Theological Seminary. Pray that a substantial number of students will register for the first module to be launched soon in Latin America.

Uruguay

Pray for God’s blessing and anointing this week on an “Adventure Camp” for teens. Intercede for the team of Alliance international workers and their partners as they lead this event and speak into the lives of participants. Pray for good health, safety, and openness as they learn about and do things they’ve never done before. Pray that in some significant way, these kids will grasp how high, wide, and deep is the love of Christ.

North and Central Asia

Holy Spirit, rain down on Your servants in north and central Asia; fill them afresh with Your amazing grace and love. Make them sensitive to the prompting of Your Spirit, and empower them as Your ambassadors to work together in unity to accomplish Your will in this region. Guard their hearts and minds with Your peace that passes understanding, and draw lost people to Your light that shines in your worker’ lives (John 14:26, Philippians 4:17, Matthew 5:16, Galatians 5:22–25, Psalm 133:1).

Creative-Access Countries

Thank you, Lord, that You are working in lands where there is little access to Your truth. Help Your workers to be confident that they will see Your goodness in the land of the living as they employ creative initiatives to reach lost and hurting people. Help Your servants to wait for You, to be strong and take heart, knowing You are sovereign and Your will is being accomplished in the lives of the people with whom Your workers build relationships. Increase their faith, Father; may they be like trees planted by the water who do not fear when heat comes, but whose leaves are always green. Enable them by Your Spirit to speak Your Word with great boldness into every situation. May they put their trust in You and Your unfailing love, knowing nothing is too difficult for You! (Psalm 27:13, Jeremiah 17: 7–8, Psalm 55:22, Acts 4:29, Habakkuk 3:17–19, Jeremiah 32:17).

Intercede for a church that held an overnight spiritual formation retreat in early February with 34 people in attendance, 3 of whom are seekers. Pray for an upcoming follow-up event and that God will continue to change hearts. New believers were strengthened in their faith; pray for their continued growth. Also, ask for the Spirit to move in a new small group in the south of this city.

Continue to pray for the development of a crisis pregnancy shelter to help migrant women in need. Praise the Lord for start-up funds already received; pray too for God’s continued provision. Specifically, ask Him to provide a facility to rent and possibly purchase in the future. There is a house available that could work; pray for God’s guidance in this process.

Intercede also for M, the crisis pregnancy shelter director, as she reaches out to these women and attends an intensive Christian counseling program while working to establish the center’s policies and procedures. Pray that God will send a compassionate woman to serve as a house mom and role model for these young women once the shelter opens.

Africa

We praise You, Almighty God, for what You are doing in West Africa, where Alliance international workers serve You with willing hearts. May they not forget all that You have done already and look to You to continue this blessed movement of Your Word in remote villages and urban areas, where Your name has yet to be heard. We ask that You pour out Your Spirit on the peoples who are drawn to You through Alliance ministries. May Your Word go out through the airwaves of Christian radio, convicting the hearts of all who hear to follow You. Strengthen Alliance workers in You, Lord; renew them with Your life and enable them to hear Your voice (Psalm 103, Joel 2:28, Acts 2:37, 1 Samuel 30:6, Romans 8:11, Psalm 85:8).

Burkina Faso

Pray for Alliance widows as they gather this week to fast and pray. Pray that during this time, God will strengthen them in their faith.

Pray for the youth of the Santidougou District, who will be involved in evangelistic outreaches this month in several villages where prayer groups have begun. Pray that people will respond to the gospel and a church can be started.

Pray for two Alliance international workers as they teach at the Poundou Bible School. Intercede as well for several students who are struggling with the enemy’s strongholds in their lives; pray for wisdom for the workers as they deal with this situation and for the students’ complete deliverance.

Pray that believers will remain strong in their faith amid recent turbulent times in Burkina. Pray all will know and live the reality of 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Republic of the Congo

Intercede for God’s empowerment for Dave and Teresa Bill and three Bible storytelling/orality (APH) team members as they work to form a new orality team at the Nkai Alliance church; they will be there February 18–24. Pray for Pastor Philippe as he leads his church in this endeavor and that this region of Bouenza will be reached with the gospel.

Pray for God’s healing touch on APH team member Davy, who has struggled with poor health. Intercede for new orality students in Pointe Noire and for Davy as he leads these groups.

Praise the Lord that a new international worker couple received a one-year visa. Pray for a smooth adjustment to life and ministry here.

West Africa

Pray for a situation in a new village where Alliance workers are seeking to do consistent outreach. It appears the person from the village who had facilitated their entry is being pressured against helping them establish connections in the community. This location had previously been very resistant to evangelistic efforts; pray that God will intervene in this situation and that outreach will continue.

Pray for ongoing orality-based outreaches in two villages. Ask that He would go ahead of the workers and prepare hearts to hear the good news. Also, pray for wisdom and protection for the teams involved in the outreaches.

Please pray for teammates who are in France learning French in preparation for living in West Africa. Their family has been experiencing frequent illness. Pray for His healing, protection over their family, and the health and strength necessary for good language learning.

Praise the Lord that a young church in a previously unreached village was granted land for a pastor’s house and a church building! Pray that God will continue to grow and mature the many new believers in this village.

Pray for upcoming outreaches in two heavily animistic villages. Pray that the Holy Spirit will go ahead of the workers involved.

United States

Father, we pray for revival in the United States, and let it begin with us. Let us not love our neighbors in word only but also in deed and truth. Open great doors for effective work, empowering Your servants in U.S. Alliance churches to reach their communities with the Light of the world. Send out your light and your truth; let them guide us and lead us as we seek to glorify You. We ask that You draw people unto You through Your people who serve You in Alliance churches throughout this nation (Psalm 85:6, 1 John 3:18, 1 Corinthians 16:9, Psalm 43:3, John 8:12).

Central District

Intercede for ReKindle, a retreat for licensed workers and their spouses, February 25–27 in Sugarcreek, Ohio. May these couples find new meaning in their relationships and deeper love and respect for each other during this weekend.

Central Pacific District

Pray for Encounter, the district conference February 25–27 in Chico, California. Pray for refreshment and renewal and that Christ will be at the center of every ministry, service, and event.

Haitian Association

Pray for Rev. Marc S. Horace, executive director, as he ministers to pastors and churches throughout the United States. Pray specifically for godly wisdom in his leadership.

Great Lakes District

Intercede for Rev. Thomas George, district superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches in Michigan and Ohio. Pray that the district will become a movement of healthy, Christ-honoring, multiplying churches.

North Central District

Rejoice that doors are beginning to open for potential new planters and church-planting ministries in the district. Pray for a move of God’s Spirit that will catalyze new churches to reach lost and broken people with the hope of Jesus.

Rocky Mountain District

Intercede for Rev. Jeff Valentine, former lead pastor at Missoula (Montana) Alliance Church. He had emergency brain surgery last Friday, February 8. Jeff is a 21-year cancer survivor and had swelling on the brain that required a surgery to insert a shunt. He is now home, but the recovery process is expected to be challenging. His wife, Merri Lee, is a two-time cancer survivor. Pray that the tumor will shrink and not grow and that there will be no need for further surgery.

Intercede for the Pure Desire Conference February 22–23 at Discovery Alliance in Missoula, Montana. Pray that God’s Spirit will be evidenced in the meetings and the lives of attendees.

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