Alliance Prayer Requests

May 21, 2018

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, next week's prayer requests will be posted Tuesday, May 29.

Alliance World Fellowship

Intercede for Fran, the wife of Philip Margesson, director of the C&MA of Great Britain. It was discovered recently that she has an aggressive brain tumor that has no known cure. The surgeon has given her from six weeks to six months to live, depending on the treatment she chooses. Pray for Fran, Philip, and their family, especially for wise decisions and good medical care. Ask God to do a miraculous work in Fran's body.

Latin America

God, may those who fear You in Latin America rejoice when they see Your workers, for they have put their hope in Your Word. Let Your servants' cities bring You renown, joy, praise, and honor before all nations that hear of all the good things You do for them; let them be in awe and tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace You provide for them (Psalm 119:74; Jeremiah 33:9).

Uruguay

Pray for God's anointing on the College of Prayer, June 7–10. "Approximately 10 churches nationwide will gather for a time of refreshment in the Lord's presence as we ask Jesus to teach us to pray," Alliance workers write. "Pray for unity and God's fire to ignite our hearts!" Also, pray for a fresh hunger for God and revival among participating churches. May the gathering result in people being saved and many churches planted not only in Uruguay but also the southern cone of South America and the ends of the earth.

North and Central Asia

O Lord, turn and deliver Your workers in north and central Asia; save them because of Your unfailing love. They are glad and rejoice in Your love, for You saw their affliction and knew the anguish of their souls. Bless them, make them fruitful, and increase their numbers until they have become a community of peoples (Psalm 6:4; Psalm 31:7; Genesis 28:3).

An Alliance worker couple requests prayer for a neighboring family in poverty with many other needs. The father is an alcoholic; when he drinks, the stepmother leaves the children to fend for themselves, frightened and lonely. "We love them all deeply, but the Father loves them more," the worker couple writes. "Please join us in praying for breakthrough and that the many seeds of love and truth we've shared will sprout with life and fruit, peace with God, and freedom from addiction."

Pray for wisdom and speedy production in Bible translation work. The majority people group in the country have one translation of the entire Bible that is quite difficult to understand; an easier one has been under way for years. Many minorities have no Scripture in their own language. Ask God to remove all barriers to getting His Word into the heart languages of the people here.

An Alliance team has been utilizing the Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI), a tool to improve relationships within teams and organizations. Pray that these trainings will result in enhanced self-awareness; team cooperation, communication, and unity; and ministry effectiveness.

Intercede for a leadership team's smooth transition. May God supply everything needed, including discernment for balance, relational energies, strategic direction setting, healthy family life, and excellent recall of language as the new leaders return from home assignment.

Creative-Access Countries

Lord, remind Your workers in creative-access countries that You, the mighty warrior who saves, are with them. You take great delight in them and rejoice over them with singing. Be their sun and shield; bestow favor and honor upon them. Help them to live by faith and not by sight. Let them serve You with the strength You provide so that in all things You may be praised through Your Son, Jesus Christ (Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 84:11; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 4:11).

Pray for an outreach using materials from "Glad You Asked," a small-group experience for seekers that sparks conversations about faith. The sessions began with the topic of God's existence, and good discussions have taken place. Pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to participants' hearts and lead them into truth.

Pray for an Envision intern who is wrapping up her current ministry and will volunteer at a Christian camp for the month of June, along with a teen whose parents are international workers. Pray for relationships to be built and for opportunities to share the gospel and be mentors.

Several months ago, an Alliance worker and his colleague prayed with a man who was a Satanist. He accepted Christ, burned all his fetishes, and received divine healing for a physical affliction. The man felt a strong calling to be a pastor. However, recently he has not been answering his phone. The worker believes he may have moved. Pray that this new believer will remain true to Jesus and connect to a church where he can grow in his faith.

Africa

God of all grace, You have called Your workers in Africa to Your eternal glory in Christ; restore them and make them strong, firm, and steadfast. In Your presence, help them rejoice in everything they have put their hands to, because You have blessed them. Their mouths are filled with laughter, their tongues with songs of joy. Let it be said among these nations, "The Lord has done great things for them" (1 Peter 5:10; Deuteronomy 12:7; Psalm 126:2).

Burkina Faso

"We thank the Lord for an excellent workshop in storytelling," the Bobo team writes. Pray for participants as they continue crafting Bible stories in focused language groups.

Pray for students in Burkina Faso as they prepare for year-end exams; specifically, intercede for God's direction for Andrew and Esther Schaeffer's son Mark, who is graduating from college. "Pray especially for the children of our widows," the Schaeffers write. "Pray that they will do well on their exams and find work."

Pray for international workers Toby and Kiersten Hull as they minister in U.S. churches in and around Florida and prepare to return to the field in August.

FATEAC Seminary (Côte d'Ivoire)

Pray that God will help the seminary to overcome the many obstacles to becoming an accredited university.

Intercede for protection for the FATEAC community now and through the end of the school year.

Pray that God will strengthen Dr. Mensah as she teaches intensive courses in Bible translation for the next two weeks.

Gabon

Pray against difficulties in securing a steady supply of medicines for Bongolo Hospital. A government official has blocked some of them, and the hospital's suppliers no longer carry certain important medicines. "Pray that we can have a steady supply of medicines for our patients at an affordable price," a worker writes.

Continue to pray for another primary care doctor to join the Bongolo team. Also, pray for a project manager who can coordinate all construction and infrastructure projects, including those involving electricity and water supply. The hospital has wiring issues that have caused fires; pray for a permanent resolution.

A hospital worker requests prayer against the lies of the enemy. Specifically, people in Gabon often believe they must see the witch doctor for treatment. They also seek traditional remedies that are harmful to their health. Recently, a man required a transfusion for severe bleeding after using such a treatment. Also, a young woman drank a witch doctor's product for three days and now has fluid around her heart. Pray for patients to find freedom and wholeness in Jesus.

West Africa

Pray that a spiritual retreat for hospital and clinic personnel will challenge and encourage participants to draw closer to the Lord. Pray that God will use the staff to be a bright light in their workplace.

Pray for peace and stability amid preparations for upcoming elections.

Pray that new believers from recent outreaches in the villages of D and K will grow in their faith. Ask God to call more people to full-time ministry so these villages will have pastors.

Pray for preparations for an orality workshop in June.

Asia/Pacific

God, songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing come from Your workers in Asia/Pacific. Add to their numbers, and do not let them be decreased. Help them declare Your glory and marvelous deeds among the nations. The people in these countries faint with longing for Your salvation; help them put their hope in Your Word (Jeremiah 30:19a; 1 Chronicles 16:24; Psalm 119:81).

Indonesia

On May 13, terrorists simultaneously attacked three non-Alliance churches in Surabaya, Indonesia's second largest city and East Java's capital. Twelve people were killed and dozens injured. The perpetrators are a couple with their four children. Rev. Dr. Daniel Ronda, president of The Christian and Missionary Alliance of Indonesia, said, "We ask you to pray for the victims and their families. Pray also for the whole church in Indonesia in dealing with persecution and growing radicalism. As Christians, we want to build peace and share the love of Christ with our enemies. Pray that we will not be afraid. Thank you for your prayers."

Pray for the final stages of work permits and other documents for Andy and Lora Brake so they can renew their visas when they arrive in Indonesia May 23.

Intercede for a young couple coming to Makassar May 29–June 4 to see if God is leading them to pursue ministry there.

Rejoice that Peter and Anne Marie, Makassar teammates from the Netherlands, found a rental home. Grant and Sandi Weber, Alliance teammates in Bali from Canada, also secured a new home. Pray for good connections and a smooth renovation process. Pray for Andy and Lora Brake to find housing quickly when they arrive as well.

Intercede for business efforts in Sumatra for the sake of advancing the gospel. Pray for practices of integrity and good stewardship from national colleagues.

Europe/Middle East

Father, keep the lamps of Your workers in Europe/Middle East burning; turn their darkness into light. Arm them with strength and make their ways perfect. Make their feet like that of a deer and enable them to stand on the heights. Remind them that Your divine power has given them everything they need through their knowledge of You, who called them by Your glory and goodness (Psalm 18:28, 32–33; 2 Peter 1:3).

France

Intercede for Alliance international worker Jason Linscombe as he connects with Alliance ministry teams in Europe and Africa to help with tech issues. Pray that the friendships Jason and his wife, Erica, have developed in France will grow deeper with more opportunities to share the gospel.

Spain

A veteran international worker has agreed to be the language supervisor for new staff arriving in the fall. Pray for wisdom as she seeks an excellent language school and prepares guidelines for language acquisition.

Intercede this week for Alliance international worker Link Berthaut as he moves his family's belongings into storage during their medical leave and home assignment. Pray also for his wife, Amneris, and their young daughter as they await his return to Puerto Rico on May 29. Specifically, pray for a healthy, full-term pregnancy for Amneris and a safe delivery in August. Link will work remotely for the Spain field office during this time.

Betsy, an international worker, has returned from her home assignment renewed and ready to reconnect with teammates Larry and Krista as well as other ministry partners. Pray for good cooperation, consistent communication, and clear expectations. Potential collaborations are promising; pray for God's guidance in determining which ones to pursue.

United States

O Lord, be exalted in Your strength; we will praise Your might. Help us to seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, and plead the case of the widow. Allow us to draw near to You with sincere hearts in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us and our bodies washed with pure water (Psalm 21:13; Isaiah 1:17; Hebrews 10:22).

Alliance Camping Ministry

Pray for many opportunities this summer to use camp settings to change kids' lives. Intercede for the following U.S. Alliance camping ministries: Poplar Point Camp and Conference Center, Rockford, Alabama; Pinecrest Camp and Conference Center, Ozone, Arkansas; Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds, Occidental, California; Lake Swan Camp, Melrose, Florida; Okoboji Bible Conference, Arnolds Park, Iowa; Big Sandy Camp, McGregor, Minnesota; Dickey Lake Bible Camp and Retreat Center, Trego, Montana; Yellowstone Alliance Adventure Camp, Bozeman, Montana; Camp Rivercrest, Fremont, Nebraska; Delta Lake Bible Conference Center, Rome, New York; Beulah Beach, Vermilion, Ohio; Edinboro (Pennsylvania) Conference Grounds; Mahaffey (Pennsylvania) Camp and Conference Center; Summit Grove Camp, New Freedom, Pennsylvania; and Suncrest Camp, Rochester, Pennsylvania.

Alliance Chaplain Ministries

Chaplain Rob Ginsburg and Chaplain Jerry Thompson are deployed to Kuwait. They are doing well; pray for their ministries and families.

Chaplain Benjamin Ahn is deployed to the Middle East with his unit from Ft. Carson in Colorado. Pray for the Lord's protection for him, his unit, and his family.

Intercede for Chaplain Ryan Albano, who is on mission with his aircraft carrier group in the Pacific.

Chaplain Colin Lau is serving with his Hawaii National Guard Unit on the Big Island; pray for their safety during this volcanic emergency.

Chaplain Randolph Hall serves with the Tennessee Army National Guard. Intercede for him this week as he goes before a Medical Retention Board. He is a faithful servant; pray that the board will rule in his favor so he can continue to serve.

Pray for several who are in the process of completing seminary and other requirements for ordination/consecration to follow God's call to the military chaplaincy in all branches.

Alliance New England District

Pray for Rev. Thomas Flanders, superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Pray for the district as it seeks to increase the number of church plants.

Intercede for Mr. Greg Hall, youth and worship pastor at Journey Church in Conway, New Hampshire. May God grant him a strong sense of vision for His plans regarding the church.

Association of African Churches

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

Central District

Intercede for Mr. Kenneth Hawkins, pastor at Really Recovered, a new church plant in Akron, Ohio. Pray for wisdom in multiplication and that more leaders will join the church-planting team. Pray also that more addicts will come to Christ.

Intercede for Reclaim Church (Parma, Ohio) as members engage in intentional personal outreach this summer. Pray too for the Lord to provide a new space more conducive to growth. Praise Him for the upcoming baptism of six adults and children.

Eastern Pennsylvania District

Rejoice that members of Iron Mill Church in Danville, Pennsylvania, had the opportunity to serve at the Danville Spring Fling earlier this month. They sponsored a booth featuring carnival games and prizes. Praise God for the joy the members brought to their community as they engaged in meaningful conversations with people and invited them to church. Pray that many will come to faith in Jesus.

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