Alliance Prayer Requests

June 18, 2018

Latin America

Mighty One of Jacob, arise and come to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your might. Let Your saints in Latin America be clothed with righteousness and sing for joy. Help them continue to commit to You and to the Word of Your grace, which will build them up and give them an inheritance among all those who are sanctified (Psalm 132:8–9; Acts 20:32).

Africa

Father, when anxiety is great within Your workers in Africa, let Your consolation bring joy to their souls. Bless them in their harvest and in the work of their hands, so their joy will be complete. By Your power, fulfill every good purpose of theirs and every act prompted by their faith. Remind them that You will watch over their coming and going both now and forevermore (Psalm 94:19; Deuteronomy 16:15b; 2 Thessalonians 1:11b; Psalm 121:8).

Burkina Faso

Intercede for Christian students as they prepare to take exams this month. May they not give in to pressure to seek help from other gods but trust in Christ alone to enable them and make their paths straight.

Pray for Bobo widows association members as they meet this week for prayer and fasting. Pray for projects in which they are involved and for several who have started small businesses.

Intercede for Andrew and Esther Schaeffer as they travel to Germany for their daughter Rebekah's graduation from Black Forest Academy. Pray for the graduates as they transition into new places.

Pray for a clinic and maternity unit operated by ACCEDES, the relief and development arm of The Alliance in Burkina Faso. May this ministry bring many into the Kingdom.

Intercede for the preparations of children's and youth summer camps being held in Burkina Faso's Alliance districts. Pray that Alliance workers serving at these camps will encourage young people to serve the Lord throughout their lives.

Pray that colleagues who are filling in for Alliance international workers on home assignment will manage these added responsibilities well.

Pray for healing for an international worker receiving medical treatment in Ohio and wisdom for doctors.

Intercede for teammates traveling this week.

West Africa

Rejoice for a successful training conference in Bible storytelling. Continue to pray that participants will utilize the techniques they have learned for effective evangelistic ministry in the region.

Pray against a new cult that has arisen in this region. May Christ's power break the bonds that have deceived many and for local believers to be discerning and strong in their faith.

Intercede for a worker who is helping two young men, who recently trusted in Jesus, begin a six-month apprenticeship. They will live in a new town far from their community support system. Pray that they will grow in their faith.

Praise God that two workers received urgently needed visas. Pray that a family still in need of visas will receive four visa appointments for June 25.

Intercede for a worker family departing for France for language study. Pray for a successful June 28 visa appointment and that their visas will be granted.

Pray for a worker couple who returned to the United States to attend a parent's memorial service. Ask God for good connections with family, closure, and a safe return to the field.

Intercede for an international worker recovering from knee surgery. Physical therapy has been difficult, and a small area at the incision site has not completely closed. Pray for added strength and complete healing before the couple's July 7th departure.

Pray that God will provide more teachers at an English center for September–December 2018, January–April 2019, and May–August 2019.

Pray for those who will attend an outreach event at an English center June 30. Pray also for opportunities for Alliance international workers to have good conversations with attendees about the gospel.

Pray for students who will be attending the Experience God nights at an English center on Monday evenings for the remainder of the trimester.

With presidential elections a month away, there are many concerns about security. Pray for a safe and peaceful election to take place in a West African nation.

Asia/Pacific

God, You take delight in Your workers in Asia/Pacific and crown them with salvation. In Your unfailing love, lead them, the people You have redeemed. In Your strength, guide them to Your holy dwelling. As they spend themselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, let their light rise in the darkness (Psalm 149:4; Exodus 15:13; Isaiah 58:10).

Indonesia

Pray the field forum taking place this week will be a time of refreshment. Intercede also for the ministry team traveling from Canada, which will work with the children and teens.

Intercede for upcoming elections in Papua—which will affect the church, depending on the outcome. Pray for peace and for God's will to be accomplished in all the elections at all levels of government.

Pray that the Lord will use our hardworking interns for His glory.

Europe/Middle East

Lord, remind Your workers in Europe/Middle East that You watch over them—You are the shade at their right hands. They suffer according to Your will, so help them commit themselves to You, their faithful Creator, and continue to do good. Strengthen them with all power according to Your glorious might that they will have great endurance and joyfully give thanks to You (Psalm 121:5; 1 Peter 4:19; Colossians 1:11–12a).

Bosnia

Praise the Lord for a wonderful weekend of women's ministry in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina. Over the centuries this city has been overrun and terrorized by multiple armies. This past weekend a team of 10 from England, America, and Bosnia served a group of local women from opposing ethnic groups to help remove cultural and spiritual barriers. Pray that these women will continue to encounter the love of Jesus and soon surrender to Him.

Spain

Praise the Lord for four conversions at the "Hidden Treasures" children's camp last weekend in Girona, Spain. Pray that the next four Alliance camps in Barcelona will also go well.

Pray for the upcoming VBS in Tres Cantos, June 25–29. Marilyn Westergren thanks God for the many helpers who are excited about reaching children for the Kingdom. Pray for more late sign-ups and for the families who are sending their kids to VBS this summer.

Tim Westergren will be singing a solo, "Come to Me," by Don Wyrtzen, with his local choir on June 24. Pray this song will be used by the Holy Spirit to draw many to Himself.

On June 23 the federation of Alliance churches in Spain will attempt to vote in a new president. The last assembly was divisive and attempts to reconcile have only deepened the divide. Pray that the four Alliance international workers who will attend can act with prudence and utilize their peacemaking skills as needed.

North and Central Asia

Father, there is no God like You in heaven or on earth—keep Your covenant of love with Your servants in north and central Asia who continue wholeheartedly in Your way. Let them rise on the wings of the dawn, for even there Your right hand will guide them and hold them fast. Remind them that You are the One who will sustain them, carry them, and rescue them (2 Chronicles 6:14; Psalm 139:9; Isaiah 46:4).

Creative-Access Countries

Lord, blessed are Your workers in creative-access countries for they have regard for the weak. Deliver them in times of trouble. Uphold them and set them in Your presence forever. Walking in the way of Your laws, they wait for you; Your name and renown are the desire of their hearts. Keep them in perfect peace for their minds are steadfast because they trust in You (Psalm 41:1, 12; Isaiah 26:8, 3).

Pray for a children's camp to be held June 20–30. Pray that local volunteers and a team arriving from the United States will have opportunities to share the gospel and that hearts will be opened to hear the good news.

Pray for a Bible study that will be held in English on Tuesday evenings this summer. The majority who attended the first meeting are not believers. Pray that as these attendees study God's Word, they will improve their English skills and also be drawn into the Kingdom. Pray also for a new meeting place as there are complications with the current facility.

United States

Lord, You reign forever for all generations. Uphold the cause of the oppressed in our nation and give food to the hungry. Set prisoners free, give sight to the blind, and lift up those who are bowed down. Let the rising sun come to us from heaven because of Your tender mercy to shine on those living in darkness and guide our feet to the path of peace (Psalm 146:10, 7–8; Luke 1:78–79).

Alliance Camps

Intercede for leaders and staff of Alliance summer camps as they seek to bond with their campers and speak into their lives. Pray that each camper will meet and experience God's love and grace.

Alliance Chaplains

Pray for an army leader whose sister has a malignant brain tumor. The sister is a believer; however, the army leader is not. Pray that God will give our chaplain wisdom as he talks to the leader and that God will use the seeds planted to bring this man to Himself.

Pray for Irina, a pediatrician and single mother, who is suffering with painful headaches. Pray that God will ease the pain and that the military chaplain will be able to lead her to the Lord.

Alliance Southeast District

Pray for the churches of north Florida that are meeting for Greenhouse Training on June 29–30 at Hope Community Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Pray that this training will encourage leaders to plant more churches.

Central District

Pray for Restoration Church, Amherst, Ohio. Several people in the church—leaders, laypeople, and disciples—are going through painful trials. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give them hope.

The metroChurch, Cleveland, Ohio, had their metroKids Summer Program kick off on Saturday, June 16. This ministry will continue through August 4. Pray that many kids will attend and receive Jesus' love, grace, and truth.

MidAmerica District

Praise God for His work at Bridge of Hope, St. Louis, Missouri. The area where the church is located is known for extreme drug abuse. Several people who attend this church are recognizing the damage they've caused through their drug use and are asking deeper questions about faith. Pray that Bridge of Hope will continue to shine the love of Christ in this community and that many will come to know the Lord.

Praise God that one of the members of Citylight Benson, in Omaha, Nebraska, invited a woman to church multiple times, and she finally attended. She prayed with staff during communion to accept Christ and is now talking about being baptized. Pray that she will remain steadfast in her new faith and continue to see God's faithfulness.

Ohio Valley District

Pray for a complete recovery for Leslie Andrews, a retired Alliance worker, who went into cardiac arrest after suffering internal bleeding while undergoing an emergency procedure. She was placed in an induced coma; miraculously, she shows no signs of brain damage despite having no oxygen for 24 minutes. Pray specifically that the source of bleeding will be identified.

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