Alliance Prayer Requests

September 24, 2018

Philippines

Intercede for the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Mangkhut, especially the northern area that was devastated by the storm. Alliance churches lost roofs and experienced other kinds of damage. Pray that churches can resume activities and ministries quickly. The central part of the country also is affected by heavy rains and strong winds. Pray for God's protection and that many who are suffering will turn to Him in their time of need.

Africa

Father, establish Your workers in Africa as Your holy people so all will see that You called them. Set their foundation on Your holy mountain. You have called Your workers in this region in righteousness so take hold of their hands. Keep them and make them a light for the lost—to open eyes that are blind, free captives from prison, and release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness (Deuteronomy 28:9a, 10; Psalm 87:1; Isaiah 42:6–7).

Burkina Faso

Pray for the village of Santidougou after recent flooding, during which many farmers lost their crops. Others have lost homes and valuables. Intercede specifically for the Alliance church in this village, a girls' school, and a children's center.

Thank the Lord for His work during a recent pastors' conference and for the powerful ministry of Rev. Brent Haggerty, pastor of Stonecrest Community Church in Warren, New Jersey. Pray that the Holy Spirit's work from at this event will continue to manifest in the lives of Burkina pastors.

Intercede for Maria Howard's complete healing from a head injury. Pray also for peace for Maria and her husband, Joseph, during her recovery.

Intercede for Pastor Drabo, the district superintendent for the Bobo area, who is battling typhoid and malaria.

West Africa

Alliance workers request prayer for flood victims in an area where CAMA (a.k.a Compassion and Mercy Associates, the Alliance relief and development arm) is working through national Christian contacts to provide relief. Pray that this ministry will strengthen Christians' witness in that region, which is known for persecuting believers.

Pray for a largely unreached city in a region where it is no longer feasible to have a team of international workers. Pray for strength and perseverance for the few national pastors and laypeople in their outreach efforts there. Also, intercede for an outreach program in the same city that assists at-risk girls and young women. Pray for wisdom and strength for the local women who run the program, as well as spiritually receptive hearts among the people they serve.

Pray for a strong finish to the rainy season, as rains currently are not coming as frequently as needed. Most people here depend largely on the coming harvest. Ask God to reveal Himself as their mighty Provider.

Pray for lasting spiritual impact from recent discipleship and training events in this region, including a large youth conference and a storytelling training. Pray too that God will mightily use a recent trip to Israel by some pastors and other national leaders here.

Intercede for two young men, both of whom are new believers, who have been exposed to intense spiritual warfare. Pray for wisdom for them and those disciplining them and for God to help them stand firm in His power.

Pray for an outreach in early October in two highly animistic villages. Both have a small number of believers; pray for significant spiritual breakthrough in this area.

Intercede for safe travel and God's guidance and blessing for a worker soon to return from home assignment and for several short-term visitors in October.

Asia/Pacific

Lord, Your hand will guide Your workers in Asia/Pacific and Your right hand will hold them fast. Let them give glory to You and proclaim Your praise in the islands. Allow the earth to be filled with the knowledge of Your glory as waters cover the sea. Tend Your flock like a shepherd; gather the lambs in Your arms, and carry them close to Your heart (Psalm 139:10; Isaiah 42:12; Habakkuk 2:14; Isaiah 40:11).

Indonesia

Intercede for the ongoing ministry in Lombok among those affected by the earthquake there. Pray that The Alliance in Indonesia will take a strong leadership role in this work.

Pray for the tour ministries of several international workers on home assignment in the United States this year. Pray that the Lord will use their time with churches to generate excitement for what God is doing around the world.

Pray for favor in Andy and Lora Brake's visa process, which has hit some inexplicable administrative snags in the Jakarta immigration office.

Europe/Middle East

God, send forth Your light and Your truth throughout this land. Guide Your workers in Europe/Middle East and bring them to Your holy mountain, to the place where You dwell. Make righteousness and praise spring up before all these nations. Help the peoples here to draw near to You with sincere hearts in full assurance of faith, having their bodies washed with pure water (Psalm 43:3; Isaiah 61:11b; Hebrews 10:22).

Spain

During a recent storm in Alicante, an old majestic pine took out a large tent at the Bethany House property. Last summer it served as a dormitory for 24 young men. Pray for Marilyn Klassen as she works to construct a second wooden cabin, take down trees, and decide on another tent or cabin before the fall retreats begin.

Ask God to provide bilingual pastoral leadership for the Christian Community of Campello in summer 2019, when the current leaders will leave permanently. Pray that the church's growth spurt will continue.

Steve Irvin and Tim Westergren thank God for four well-attended INFORMA modules in Madrid, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, and La Palma. Rejoice that this ministerial training institute is growing under Steve's leadership.

Pray that God will provide Alliance workers to coordinate training for Al Massira and Mission Perspectives courses in Spanish in four cities.

Intercede for complete healing for Jon Neff from a serious shin injury.

Latin America

Father, sustain Your servants in Latin America according to Your promise, and they will live. Uphold them, and they will be delivered. Guide them always and strengthen their frames. As they spend themselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, let their light rise in the darkness and their night become like the noonday (Psalm 119:116a, 117a; Isaiah 58:11, 10).

Paraguay

The San Antonio Church has begun a vibrant youth ministry called DISCOVER, with the goal of reaching the church's and neighborhood's youth for Christ. Intercede for this new work and for its leaders, William and Sandra.

North and Central Asia

Lord, let Your workers in north and central Asia sing to You a new song and Your praise be lifted in the assembly of the saints. Let them rejoice and be glad in You, their Maker and King. Be their strength; make their feet like the feet of deer and enable them to go on the heights. Help those who walk in the dark in this region trust in Your name and rely on You, their God (Psalm 149:1–2; Habbakuk 3:19; Isaiah 50:10).

Creative-Access Countries

God Almighty, by day You direct Your love, and at night Your song is with Your workers in creative-access countries. Lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength, guide them to Your holy dwelling. Let the hearts of more people in these countries be enlightened so they will know the hope to which You have called them, the riches of Your glorious inheritance in the saints (Psalm 42:8; Exodus 15:13; Ephesians 1:18).

Pray for international workers who have begun fall English ministries and are planning an English Weekend October 5–7. Ask God to provide workers, as the group of native speakers who have been teaching the material is much smaller than last year. Pray that attendees will not only improve their English skills but also be drawn into the Kingdom. Also, intercede for a church plant in the same city, especially that the Lord will enable members to start a fourth small group in the southern area of their city.

United States

Father, be gracious to us, bless us, and make Your face shine upon us. Grant peace in our land, so we will lie down and no one will make us afraid. Put Your dwelling place among us. Let us be the light of the world, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. Allow our light to shine before men so they will praise You, our Father in heaven (Psalm 67:1; Leviticus 26:6a, 11a, Matthew 5:14, 16).

District Superintendents

Pray for new district superintendents who will start their first term January 1: Rev. Alfredo E. Gutierrez, The Alliance Southeast; and Dr. Scott R. Borderud, Southwestern.

Alliance New England

Intercede for the grand opening celebration for Envision-Providence October 6. More than 100 people have volunteered to canvas the Early Street neighborhoods, cleaning up parks and streets, knocking on doors, and preparing for the afternoon block party for area residents. Pray this Envision site will have a significant impact in reaching the needs of those in the community, beginning with ESL and Awana classes this fall. Pray for the Envision site director, Robert Childs, and the International Alliance Church as they determine how to minister long term to this community.

Central District

Intercede for five couples attending the Church Planters' Assessment Center this week.

Pray for members of Painesville (Ohio) Hispanic Church as they offer ESL and children's classes Tuesday and Friday nights. Ask that many will attend and come to know the Lord.

Rejoice with Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio, for the citywide prayer meeting where eight churches were represented. Join members in praying for God's Kingdom to come and His will be done in Amherst and Lorain County as it is in heaven! They had a wonderful time of fellowship and prayer. God is clearly moving.

Chinese Churches Association

Pray for the association's conference September 25–28 in Portland, Oregon. Pray that the association will be united in their worship, fellowship, and ministry to their communities.

MidAmerica District

At the end of September, Reclaim Church in Lenexa, Kansas, will host a family fun day with the help of the members of New Life Fellowship, the Hmong Alliance church with whom they are partnering. Pray that many people will attend this event and it will help build healthy, Christ-honoring relationships with neighbors, friends, and the Hmong congregation.

Mid-Atlantic District

Intercede for six district churches in redevelopment. Pray that they will experience a fresh vision for reaching their communities for Christ.

Pray for The Table, a church for the deaf in Frederick, Maryland. Specifically, pray that the members can break into the highly resistant deaf culture. Pray for resources (people and money) to plant churches in the district's major urban centers.

Intercede for a deeply conflicted congregation in the district.

Pray for an outpouring of the Spirit at the District Conference October 1–4 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Puerto Rico District

Intercede for Rev. Javier Gómez Marrero, district superintendent, as he and the district executive committee work with two merging churches. Ask for wisdom and direction for these negotiations and the congregations involved.

Spanish Western Association

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

South Pacific District

Pray for Rev. Bill Malick, district superintendent, as he ministers to pastors and churches in Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Pray for the district as it moves forward with two additional Fresh Start churches in 2018.

Spanish Eastern District

Pray for Pastor Jhon Cortes, recently installed pastor at Ebenezer Alliance and First Spanish Alliance Church in Philadelphia, as he seeks to revitalize both churches. Pray also for his wife, who is having knee trouble, and his two teenage sons, Manuel (18) and Jonathan (14), as they start the school year. Pastor Cortes works full-time outside of ministry. Pray for strength for him, for his family, and for lasting Kingdom impact for this man who has left his comfort zone to accept the call to raise up these two inner-city churches.

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