Alliance Prayer Requests
January 16, 2017
Lord our God, help Your workers in creative-access countries to be strong and courageous. May they not be terrified or discouraged, for You are with them wherever they go. As they seek You, O God, shower Your righteousness on them and bless them with the fruit of Your unfailing love. May Your servants sow to please Your Spirit, from whom they will reap eternal life (Joshua 1:9; Hosea 10:12; Galatians 6:8).
Christ, in You is all the fullness of the Deity, and Your servants in Africa have received fullness in You, the head over every power and authority. Empower them to be on their guard, to stand firm in the faith, to be people of courage, and to be strong. May everything they do be done in love. You set Your children free for freedom; may they never again be burdened by a yoke of slavery (Colossians 2:9–10; 1 Corinthians 16:13–14; Galatians 5:1).
Pray for protection and peace for Alliance teams in Africa as they navigate life in unstable political environments.
Intercede for successful outreaches in West Africa during the season of evangelistic campaigns.
“We praise the Lord for healing a female Bible school student!” the Bobo team writes. “To God be the glory!” Pray for the woman to remain in good health.
Pray for several ongoing church building projects in Bobo-Dioulasso, Doufigiso, Natema, and Zongoma. Pray that construction can be completed during this dry season.
Intercede for a woman who accepted Christ at the hospital when members of the Bobo team visited her. Specifically, pray that she can connect with a church after her release. Pray too for other patients who heard the gospel through the team’s witness.
Pray for Craig and Marilyn Hanscome to have clarity about when to return to Burkina Faso following home assignment. Pray for their preparations for this transition and that they will come back refreshed and renewed for ministry.
FATEAC Seminary (Côte d’Ivoire)
Pray for FATEAC students and professors during the last week of first-semester classes, as assignments are being completed and preparations made for tests in two weeks. Pray for good health for students, staff, and faculty and their families.
Pray for Randy and Deanna Harrison, who are in the States preparing to speak in churches during their home assignment. Pray that this will be a refreshing time for them.
Pray for Ron, Ruth, and Hannah Julian, who will depart this Friday for the two Congos (DRC and Congo-Brazzaville) and Gabon. Pray specifically for Ruth, who will teach three courses at the Christian Alliance University beginning next Monday. Pray for productive, encouraging interactions with Alliance national church leadership.
Thanks to all who prayed recently for FATEAC’s construction needs. The requested loan was granted and work to finish the student apartment building is progressing on schedule. Continue to pray for safety for workers and wisdom for those managing this project.
Intercede for Jeff and Amy Lane, currently in language study in Albertville, France. Pray for a renewed spirit and a successful start to the new semester as they prepare for ministry at Bongolo Hospital.
Pray that God will send more career physicians, nurses, and other personnel to serve at Bongolo.
Praise God for Christmas celebrations last month. After one event, a young girl became more receptive to the influence of Alliance workers and their teachings and gained greater understanding about who Jesus is. Pray that she will move toward a decision for Christ.
Intercede for two older women who remain incarcerated at the prison where Alliance workers minister. Pray also for their families and children back home. These women’s hearts are grieving for their children, with whom they have had no communication. Pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to the women and they will hear His comforting voice.
Alliance team members request prayer that God will provide a teacher for their children for the remainder of the 2016–2017 school year.
Pray for an English class to be effective and for teachers to have opportunities to be witnesses of Christ’s love to students.
Pray for a good semester for Alliance international workers’ children who have returned to Dakar Academy for their studies. Pray also that these families will have reliable Internet access to maintain consistent communication.
Intercede for two short-term teams coming to Mali with a veterinarian to inoculate livestock, January 14–29. The national church is partnering with these teams to conduct evangelistic outreaches in villages where the campaign is taking place; pray for lasting Kingdom impact.
Pray for a successful start to the new quarter of English classes at the Jirisumba Community Center. Pray for engaging interaction with students and for new relationships to develop.
Praise the Lord for the safe delivery of a child to teammates in France. Pray for them as they begin a new semester of language study while adjusting to life with a newborn.
Intercede for 13 new believers baptized in Sifarasso on Christmas day. Pray for continued outreach efforts in area between Burkina Faso’s and Mali’s border.
In the coming months, the Koutiala team will partner with the Alliance national church in numerous village outreach events. Pray for good planning and a Holy-Spirit outpouring in the region.
Holy Spirit, help Alliance workers in the Asia/Pacific Region to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus and in humility consider others better than themselves. Remind them that each of us should look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others. May Your servants’ attitudes be the same as Yours, being completely humble, gentle, patient, and bearing with one another in love. Help them to make every effort to keep Your unity through the bond of peace. We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves (Philippians 2:3–5; Ephesians 4:2–3; Romans 15:1).
Please pray for Andy Brake as he leads a writer’s workshop this week in Bandung to encourage Alliance national pastors and professors in Indonesia to be intentional about writing quality literature that will bless the church.
Intercede for the team in Bandung as they face transitions and staff changes.
Pray for members of the Taiwan field team as they gather for a prayer retreat, January 17–18. Ask God for open and responsive hearts. The theme of this event is from Philippians 3:10–12. Pray for participants as they seek to know Christ, the power of His Resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing in His suffering.
“Pray that through the Saturday Kid’s Club in the district of Baan Paeo, we will be able to reach entire families for Jesus,” write Ed and Sue Danneker. Also, pray for creative ways to follow-up with the children at two schools the Dannekers and their colleagues visited. “The principal at the elementary school in Baan Paeo was very open to our message,” the Dannekers write. Pray also for the members of the congregation in Mahachai as they follow-up with the many visitors who attended Christmas day.
Pray that the Lord will soon provide a Thai pastor for the growing congregation in Baan Paeo.
Lord, help Your followers in Europe and the Middle East to encourage one another as they meet together—and all the more as they see Your return approaching. Give them grace to carry each other’s burdens and to be careful how they live—not as unwise but as wise (Ephesians 4:15; Hebrews 10:25; Galatians 6:2).
Pray for preparations for a Soul-Care Mentoring Retreat for young adult French leaders, January 27–29. Thus far 40 people have registered to attend and will participate in six months of follow-up mentoring. Pray for receptive hearts and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and that participants will experience God in a deeper way and be transformed by Him.
Mighty God, we thank You that our brothers and sisters in Latin America were called to be free and to serve one another humbly in love, to bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances they may have against one another. Your Word tells us to forgive as You forgave us. May they continue to be devoted to one another in brotherly love and honor one another above themselves (Galatians 5:13; Colossians 3:13; Romans 12:10).
Continue to pray for Alliance international worker Steve Zopfi, whose surgery to remove a cancerous tumor has been tentatively rescheduled for January 23. Also, thank the Lord for supplying in unexpected, miraculous ways for the cost of the Zopfis’ stay in San Francisco. Thanks to all who prayed specifically about this need!
North and Central Asia
Dear Jesus, please bring Your disciples in north and central Asia into complete unity to let the world know that You sent them. May their love be like Yours: patient, kind, not envious, humble, not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, keeping no record of wrongs. As their love rejoices with the truth, may it always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere. Thank You that Your love never fails (John 17:23; 1 Corinthians 13:4–8).
Father, how great is the love You have lavished on us that we should be called Your children! In joyful response to that love, let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. May we let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law to love his neighbor as himself (1 John 3:1; Hebrews 10:24; Romans 13:8–10).
Association of Montagnard Churches
Intercede for Rev. Hendy Siu, association president, as he ministers to pastors and churches in the United States. Pray that the association can encourage its leaders to learn the Fourfold Gospel so they will be able to promote understanding of Alliance DNA among believers of all ages throughout the association.
Pray for members of Restoration Church in Amherst, Ohio, as they seek to increase giving by about $400 per month to meet their budget and to support a church plant in El Salvador through Envision. Pray for the Lord’s provision to meet and even exceed these needs.
Members of Christ Community Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, request prayer for the upcoming basketball season, during which they hold an annual outreach. Pray for lasting spiritual impact in the lives of all participants.
Pray that God will send another couple to join the Refugee Impact Collaborative team in Cleveland, Ohio.
Western Great Lakes District
Pray for Rev. Jeffrey Brown, district superintendent, and his staff as they minister to pastors and churches in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Pray that the district will rebuild and expand their church-multiplication ministries throughout the district with new church plants, satellite location, and Greenhouse churches.
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