Alliance Prayer Requests

January 21, 2019

Latin America

O Sovereign Lord, You rescue and save; You perform signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. The eyes of Your workers in Latin America are fixed on You; in You they take refuge. They hope in You, so renew their strength. Let them soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint ( Daniel 6:27; Psalm 141:8a; Isaiah 40:31).

Paraguay

Praise God! For the first time ever, each of the six Alliance churches in Asuncion has a Paraguayan national pastor leading the church. This is a huge answer to prayer, as God is raising up leaders to shepherd the believers in Asuncion. Pray for wisdom and courage in their leadership.

North and Central Asia

Father, Your workers in north and central Asia are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither. Whatever they do prospers. Do not let them be terrified or discouraged, for You will be with them wherever they go. May they walk they walk faithfully before You with all their heart and soul (Psalm 1:3; Joshua 1:9; 1 Kings 2:4).

Creative-Access Countries

Lord, when anxiety is great within Your workers in creative-access countries, let Your consolation bring joy to their souls. Your name is a strong tower; they run to it and are safe. Grant them new life to rebuild Your house in these nations and repair its ruins; give them a wall of protection. Let them be like the sun when it rises in its strength, and give them peace (Psalm 94:19; Proverbs 18:10; Ezra 9:9b; Judges 5:31).

Intercede for an international worker who has been suffering from severe back pain. Pray for healing and strength for him. Praise the Lord that another worker has been doing much better since the Alliance family was asked to pray in November. Thanks to all who prayed!

Pray for a seminary The Alliance helped start more than 20 years ago. Because of the tightening of educational laws here, there is a court case against the institution, and it is currently prohibited from accepting new students or holding teaching sessions. Pray for God's intervention and favor in this situation.

Intercede for two pastors who were ordained January 13. They will assume leadership in a mother church, and the current pastor will relocate to lead a new congregation in the same city. Pray that God will call more leaders for the three church plants there.

Africa

O Lord our God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty. When You open Your hand, may Your workers in Africa be satisfied with good things. Remind them that Your Spirit has made them and Your breath gives them life. Give them rest on every side so there is no adversary or disaster (Psalm 104:1, 28b; Job 33:4; 1 Kings 5:4).

Burkina Faso

Pray for Bobo team members to serve with joy and to see lasting Kingdom impact from their varied ministries. Intercede specifically for an Alliance worker as he ministers at a detention home for young men.

Intercede for six deaf students who are sponsored by the Bobo team in a sewing school. They will hold an exhibition of their work this week. Pray that it will be a great encouragement to other deaf young people and their families.

Pray for upcoming leadership training events and for students studying at Alliance Bible schools.

Pray for evangelistic efforts being planned amid a changing security situation in many last-to-be reached areas. Ask for wisdom and for the Holy Spirit’s direction in these endeavors.

Dakar Academy (Senegal)

Intercede for a village outreach this weekend. The team will be digging the foundation for a church; painting a school; ministering through drama, medical, and child evangelism teams; and holding five evangelistic campaigns each evening. Pray for the remaining details to come together before Friday, for safe travel and good health for all participants amid many sicknesses, and for prepared hearts among those who will minister as well as villagers who will hear the gospel. Pray also for the 12 national pastors serving alongside the team of Alliance international workers and Dakar students. May they be a good testimony of God’s love to the people. Intercede especially for His anointing as the gospel is preached in the evangelistic campaigns.

Gabon

Rejoice for three patients who received Christ recently at Bongolo Hospital’s eye clinic. Pray that they will commit to remain strong in their faith, putting off their old selves and putting on the new (see Ephesians 4:22–24).

Intercede for peace in Gabon. The president suffered a stroke last fall and has been out of the country, causing much uncertainty regarding its leadership.

Republic of the Congo

Pray for the recruitment of a new group of students to start Bible story (orality) training on Fridays. Intercede as well for the existing team that will teach the stories and how to use them in evangelism and discipleship.

Pray for wisdom for members of the Congo South team as they begin to incorporate health and hygiene teaching into the Alliance national storying team’s orality curriculum. The goal is to promote good habits leading to improved health and the ability to model and teach a biblical worldview of honoring God in all areas of life.

Alliance workers praise the Lord for leading the storying team to confront a local false teacher from a cult that had been poisoning minds in a village that has recently become open to the gospel. The result was 14 new decisions for Christ! Pray for the believers’ spiritual protection and their effective follow-up and discipleship.

Intercede for a worker couple seeking visas to remain in the country.

West Africa

Pray for a church that is experiencing extreme division and disorder, with threats being made against the pastor. Ask for God’s peace, protection, and wisdom for the legitimate church leaders. Pray that the situation will be brought under control and that the congregation can continue meeting together.

Intercede for a new group of students who will be employed alongside national workers at the Alliance-affiliated hospital in the coming months. Many of these students are not believers. Pray that during their orientation they will grow in their capacity to provide good medical care. Pray also that the Holy Spirit will work in their hearts to bring them to an understanding of their need for Jesus and His love.

Pray for an upcoming orality training for local pastors and lay leaders. May they be greatly edified by their exposure to this evangelistic and discipleship strategy and use it to effectively reach many people throughout the region.

Intercede for an upcoming leadership training for the hospital’s administrative staff. Pray that they will be challenged and encouraged from this time.

Asia/Pacific

Father, Your voice thunders in marvelous ways; You do great things beyond our understanding. You restore the souls of Your workers in Asia/Pacific and guide them in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. Help them to continue to speak up and defend the rights of the poor and needy in these countries, for You give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak (Job 37:5; Psalm 23:3; Proverbs 31:9; Isaiah 40:29).

Indonesia

Pray for a team member in Indonesia who is being deported because of visa issues. Intercede for God’s peace and the ability to return soon.

Pray for complete healing for Hani, a 17-year-old who has been in a coma for two weeks after a motorcycle accident. She is a member of Papua United, a CAMA soccer ministry. Ask God to miraculously intervene to bring complete restoration to Hani. Intercede as well for her family during this very difficult time.

Pray for Lois, a Canadian Alliance colleague in Papua, who has had significant communication problems in her area. Also, pray for healing of persistent toothaches and headaches that have plagued her.

Europe/Middle East

God, You come in golden splendor and awesome majesty. You are the King of all the earth; Your workers in Europe/Middle East sing to You a psalm of praise. Hear from heaven their prayers and uphold their cause. Remind them that there is surely a future hope for them, and it will not be cut off (Job 37:22; Psalm 47:7; 1 Kings 8:45; Proverbs 23:18).

Spain

Steve Irvin will lead a prayer gathering January 24 and an organizational meeting January 26 for The Alliance’s first national missions conference in Spain, September 8–15, 2019. Ask the Lord to prepare hearts and stir churches to take their part in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Tim Westergren and Kurt Peters will represent the Alliance mission January 24 at the annual gathering of missions agencies in Spain. Tim will also participate in an interdenominational forum January 25–26 on gender ideology in Spanish law and society. Pray for Tim and Kurt as they prepare for these events.

By popular demand, Marilyn Westergren and her team are starting the GEMS Girls’ Club this January 25 at the Global Ventures Center in Tres Cantos. Intercede for God’s anointing on this ministry.

Praise God for an excellent Al Massira training for 18 colleagues from various agencies and churches in Madrid recently. This Alpha-style outreach aims to take small groups of friends on a similar journey to discover the true identity of the Messiah. Pray specifically for Jeff (U.S. Alliance) and Peter (Canadian Alliance), who attended the training. May it be used to bring many people into the Kingdom. Pray for an enthusiastic response to the next training of this course for seekers of an unreached people group.

United States

O Lord, accept the willing praise of our mouths, and teach us Your laws. Let us return to You, for You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Help us sow for ourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up our unplowed ground, for it is time to seek You until You come and shower righteousness on us (Psalm 119:108; Joel 2:13; Hosea 10:12).

Alliance Northwest District

Members of The Way, a church plant in Salem, Oregon, recently held their grand opening service in their new location. Intercede for Alex and Olga Yermachenkov, the pastoral couple, as they lead the church.

Association of African-American Pastors, Consecrated Women, and Licensed Workers

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

Cambodian District

Intercede for Rev. Mony Khiev, district superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches throughout the United States. Pray that the district will become a movement of healthy, Christ-honoring, multiplying churches.

Central District

Rev. Alan Brown, pastor at Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church, requests prayer for the congregation as its begins Sunday services February 3. Pray for many to attend and be transformed by the Holy Spirit.

Pray for the Filipino American Bible Church in Austintown, Ohio, and for a new member whose husband and daughter were killed in a car accident. Pray for the church to comfort and encourage her as they share in her grief.

Mid-Atlantic District

Intercede for Rev. Endalk Ayo, pastor at Four Corners Ethiopian Church, a plant in Silver Springs, Maryland. Rejoice that the church family is growing. Pray that they will build relationships to express Christ's love to the more than half a million Ethiopians living in the Washington, D.C., area.

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