Alliance Prayer Requests

October 22, 2018

Africa

Father, lead Your workers in Africa in Your righteousness, and make straight Your way before them. Let the Word of Your Son, Christ, dwell in them richly as they teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in their hearts to You (Psalm 5:8; Colossians 3:16).

Burkina Faso

Pray for a team coming from Salem (Oregon) Alliance Church to minister to young women. Ask the Lord to prepare their hearts to receive from Him and to give them a revelation of His great love for them.

Intercede for a man who walked away from his faith several years ago. Last week he had a serious accident. Pray that this situation will be a turning point to bring him back to the Lord.

Pray that the Lord will bless the school for the deaf and that new students will quickly adjust. Pray also for those who completed sixth grade and that the Lord will provide them with practical skills training.

Thank the Lord for several new church plants in Bobo-Dioulasso. Intercede for Toby and Kiersten Hull as they encourage these new efforts and work with local pastors.

Republic of the Congo

Intercede for the story team as they travel to the orality center for a training week. International worker Dave Bill and his national colleague François will spend Tuesday through Saturday improving the orality center, reinforcing and repairing damage from rain and termites. Other national partners Willy and Firmin will spend Tuesday through Sunday teaching and encouraging leaders of story groups as well as teaching stories in another village that has recently been opened to this evangelistic tool. Ask God to open more hearts and minds to His Word this week.

Continue to pray for Davy, a national colleague who is recovering from an illness and will be unable to participate in this trip. He has been quite discouraged by his poor health; pray for God to miraculously heal and restore him.

West Africa

Pray for God's guidance during a strategic review of an Alliance field. May He use this process to encourage the team members.

Pray for the Lord's leading in determining the focus and strategies for a church-planting initiative and for wisdom in how to best work on this project with national church partners.

Pray for a small group of pastors in a largely unreached city as they continue to seek permission to enter the local prison for ministry purposes. Ask for God's favor with officials and guards.

Pray for two young men who lead a band through which they are sharing the good news with friends who practice the majority religion. God has opened doors for these musicians to receive additional training they had sought. Pray that it will be helpful to them and have lasting Kingdom impact.

Thanks to all who prayed for an Alliance storytelling ministry. The team is thankful for significant progress made recently in reaching out to a new, larger audience. Continue to pray for open doors and softened hearts to the gospel.

Pray that several families currently in French language study will effectively adjust to life and learning in France. Ask also for good health amid much illness on their campus.

Intercede for guidance and provision for two families in the United States desiring to join an Alliance team in West Africa.

Creative-Access Countries

God, let Your deeds be shown to Your servants in creative-access countries, Your splendor to their children. Allow Your favor to rest upon them; establish the work of their hands. Rescue more people in these countries from the dominion of darkness and bring them into the Kingdom of the Son You love, in whom they can have redemption (Psalm 90:16–17; Colossians 1:13–14).

Asia/Pacific

Lord, rescue Your workers in Asia/Pacific from every evil attack, and bring them safely to Your heavenly Kingdom. To You be glory forever and ever! You see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand. Let more people in this region commit themselves to You, for You are the helper of the fatherless (2 Timothy 4:18; Psalm 10:14).

Indonesia

Praise the Lord for the combined relief efforts in Palu following the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Now that the government has officially declared these initial efforts over, the sustained work of rebuilding and redevelopment is beginning. Pray that Alliance people in the area will continue to be beacons of light and places of refuge for peoples of all faiths there.

Rejoice that a business of Alliance Dutch teammates has become a social foundation. This means Alliance workers can begin many more ministries in the community. Pray for God's anointing and empowerment on these outreaches.

Pray for Andy and Lora Brake's visa renewal process. Their application for a five-year visa is more than three months in process with no news. They need it before they can depart for ministries in Thailand November 1. Intercede for God's favor.

Europe/Middle East

God, Your workers in Europe/Middle East are not ashamed to testify about You but join in suffering for the gospel by Your power. Bless them in all their work and in everything they put their hands to. Do not let the people of this region turn away from you. Revive them, and they will call upon Your name. Make Your face shine on them so they will be saved (2 Timothy 1:8; Deuteronomy 15:10b; Psalm 80:18–19).

Germany

Rejoice for an encouraging outreach brunch hosted by an Alliance team. It testified to the building of relationships and the workers' good reputation in the community. Pray that attendees will desire to know Jesus.

Spain

From October 25–28 a large group from the Spain field will gather for their annual Pastoral Care Retreat; three new families will attend for the first time. Pray for those who have come to minister: the pastoral care couple, Robin and Marcia Hadfield; worship leaders Gloria and Trevor Crowe; and Anne Slot, who will care for the children.

The same weekend, Bethany House will host a retreat for Chilean missionaries in the region. Pray for Juan Zúñiga, Peruvian missionary, and the Bethany team as they provide this safe space for pastoral care for the Chilean Alliance missions department.

Intercede for R. Z. and three others who recently hosted a children's ministry workshop for 70 volunteers from various evangelical churches in Madrid. Pray for further strategic opportunities to result from this event.

Latin America

O Most High, it is good to praise You and make music to Your name, to proclaim Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night. Make Your workers in Latin America glad by Your deeds. They sing for joy at the works of Your hands. Remind them that there is a future hope for them, and their hope will not be cut off (Psalm 92:1–2, 4; Proverbs 23:18).

Mexico

Pray for the Breath of Life church in Guadalajara, Mexico, as Bob and Cheryl Fugate prepare for a citywide evangelistic concert November 18 with four bands—three from Guadalajara and a special guest from Peru: Corban with Rich and Lisa Brown. Intercede for the many believers who are working to make this a special event. Pray too for the logistics and for many to come to Jesus through this outreach.

Pray for building permits to be processed swiftly for the Breath of Life's new church plant. The team hopes to begin the building process as the permits come in; moving to this new land will open the second evangelistic church in this needy area. Pray that God will give favor with new government leaders, who will transition to their roles in December.

Pray for Circle of Hope, a ministry from Breath of Life to vulnerable women and children in Guadalajara featuring workshops, Bible studies, and job skills training. Most of these women are in desperate financial situations and under severe emotional stress. Pray that as they receive the tools to change their situations, they will also see their need for a Savior. Also, pray that during the upcoming Christmas season, this outreach will be a great blessing to those who walk through this center's doors in the next two months.

Panama

Pray that God will provide funds to secure land and a building for a Chinese Alliance church. It is in an area where an Alliance team has been evangelizing and has been well-received by the Chinese community. Pray for special times of encountering Christ in the church.

Pray for international worker Maritza Cumba as she moves to Panama's interior in February to work with three Chinese churches.

Paraguay

Intercede for the Annual National Church Assembly November 2, when new leaders will be elected. Ask for God's wisdom and direction during this process.

Pray for Bible institute students in Asunción and Ciudad del Este as they complete classes this trimester. Courses will run through December 8.

Intercede for full healing and restoration for Angel Silva, a seminary student who will have bypass surgery for several blockages. Pray for a successful operation without complications and a smooth recovery.

Pray for Luis and Olga Felipa as they prepare to depart for home assignment November 15. Pray for a smooth transition as they transfer their ministries and pack up their household.

Uruguay

Pray for El Estar, the church plant in Montevideo, as Alliance workers seek the Lord in reaching this community with the gospel. Also, pray for God to provide a ministry center for the team in Montevideo.

Pray for the 75+ Uruguayans who are taking English classes provided by an Alliance team. Ask God for opportunities to share His love with these students.

"We praise God for the 140-plus pastors and leaders from Uruguayan Alliance churches who gathered for the second module of year one of the College of Prayer the first weekend in October," Alliance workers write. "Pray for the churches as pastors and leaders take what they received into their local churches."

North and Central Asia

Lord, in Your majesty, ride forth victoriously on behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness; let Your right hand display awesome deeds in north and central Asia. Blessed are Your workers, for they trust You and their confidence is in You. Cover them with Your feathers, and under Your wings they will find refuge; Your faithfulness will be their shield and rampart (Psalm 45:4; Jeremiah 17:7; Psalm 91:4).

United States

Father, restore to us the joy of Your salvation, and grant us a willing spirit to sustain us. Stand at our sides and give us strength so that through us the message will be fully proclaimed and all the lost will hear it. Let Your dwelling place be with us; You will be our God, and we will be Your people. Then the nations will know that You made us holy (Psalm 51:12; 2 Timothy 4:17; Ezekiel 37:27–28).

Association of Montagnard Churches

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

Central District

Intercede for the Church Planting Basics Training November 1–4 at Beulah Beach in Vermillion, Ohio.

Metropolitan District

Intercede for Rev. Kelvin Walker, newly elected district superintendent, who will take office January 1.

Bruce Terpstra, district superintendent, says he is overwhelmed by the love, support, and prayers on his behalf as he recovers from a recent heart attack. Intercede for continued healing and patience during the recovery process. Pray also for Bruce's wife, Darlene, his primary caregiver.

MidAmerica District

Intercede for Rev. Rob Storey, district superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Pray for wisdom in creating opportunities to connect with district workers and the ability to help workers know they are a valued member of the district family.

Pray for Elaine, the wife of Rev. Kurt Barman, pastor at Harvest Alliance Church in Minden, Iowa. Elaine was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer in mid-September that has spread through her abdominal wall. There is no known cure at this time; she is receiving chemo treatments to control the cancer's spread. Pray for a miracle from God. Also, pray that Elaine will be able to eat enough to receive the calories and nutrients she needs. Pray too for their children and for strength and peace as the Barmans walk this difficult road.

Southern District

Continue to intercede for the churches, families, and individuals affected by Hurricane Michael. Heritage Bible Church and Historic St. Andrews Church in Panama City, Florida, have sustained storm damage; pray for God's provision in the repair process. Rev. Henry Hazard, pastor emeritus at Heritage Bible Church, has temporarily relocated because of damage to his home from a fallen tree. The pastoral couple there, Brian and Rachel Rice, suffered major roof and water damage to their home. Richard and Karen Duncan, pastoral couple at Historic St. Andrews Church, have minor damage to their property; pray for financial provision for their business, which will likely suffer from the storm's economic impact. Pray also that God will supernaturally replenish the Southern District's disaster relief funds that were liquidated last year to help with other disasters.

Southwestern District

Pray for an anointed district men's retreat October 26–29 at Pinecrest Camp in Ozone, Arkansas.

The Alliance Southeast

Pray for Dr. John Stumbo, Rev. Jonathan Schaffer, Rev. Andrew Hawkins, and the Alliance Board of Directors as they participate in the livestream Praise & Prayer event, hosted by The Village Church in Fort Myers, Florida, Wednesday, October 24, 7:00–8:30 p.m. (EDT). Area churches in Fort Myers are encouraged to join this important gathering of praise, intercession, and spiritual transformation. The entire Alliance family is also invited to participate online.

Western Pennsylvania District

Pray for JOLT, the annual junior high youth retreat October 26–29 at Laurelville Camp, Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Pray also that hearts will be softened toward the Lord.

Intercede for Rev. James Lynn, retired pastor, who is undergoing chemo for an inoperable, fast-growing cancer. Pray for a miraculous healing and the Lord's strength and peace during this difficult time.

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