Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Finland - August 2011

The Mark Alphin Family-UPCI Missionaries, FINLAND
Finland's Intercessor Team
Prayer Focus
August 2011

This month, we are attaching some prayer tools that will help with focused prayer for Finland. However they are used, it will certainly impact our nation, for any time spent in prayer will serve to affect the spiritual atmosphere of the country. Please feel free to share these tools with your church, missions leader, Sunday School classes, etc.


Home Bible Studies

We are in the process of writing two new Bible studies of a topical nature for two separate students; both are supposed to begin this month. We ask that God grants us focus, wisdom, and an ability to quickly put information together that is logical and impacting.

New Contacts

We are making a conscious effort to be seen in our community and make new friends. Please pray that those we meet would seek to know more about us and, ultimately, more about the Lord. One interesting note: in a random encounter, we met the Trinitarian pastor of our community last week and his reaction was very favorable. We expect to meet with him soon.

Language Study

During August, we plan to apply for fall quarter language classes at Helsinki University. There are limited slots available, so we have to perfectly time our applications in order to be accepted. We are asking God for favor in this area.

Miranda in Copenhagen, Denmark

Miranda is helping Pastor Chris and Clara Brett in Copenhagen; she will be living there for three months. She is looking forward to impacting both their family and Levende Kirke (she is staying in their home and working for them). Prayers for safety and God's leading would be appreciated.

Apostolic Revival Conference - Travel Safety mid-August

We ask for prayers of safety and rest as our family travels to Vienna, Austria, to take part in the all-regional conference for the Europe/Middle East. We will be part of important planning meetings, as Glenda has been asked to serve on the Prayer Commission, and Mark, the Training Commission. We want to be a blessing and impact in both capacities. Also, we also look forward to making acquaintance with the rest of the missionaries in our region, many of whom we have never met.

Continued Prayers for Light

Prayers of this nature have definitely impacted the spirit world!

"For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light." (Psalms 36:9) "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." (Psalms 119:130) "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12)

Ongoing Requests

- A hunger to arise within the Finnish people, that they would begin to feel a deep urgency to seek God
- A spiritual awakening to occur in the hearts and minds of men
- A blood covering over the people of the Name within the country
- Open doors for the Word of God to have free course
- The Spirit of God to draw people who are hungry for salvation
- For the atmosphere to be changed so that people would more easily understand and accept salvation
- Associate in Missions help

FIT Member Prayer Requests

Carolyn - ongoing pain and issues from bone cancer
Charlene - she needs a job

If you have a prayer request that you would like to share with the team, please feel free to contact us.

Following is a map of Finland showing its 11 provinces. Please feel free to print and use it as a prayer tool. (Finnish accents the first syllable, and every letter is pronounced. If you are interested in understanding the pronunciation of the Finnish alphabet, visit here for a quick lesson.)

Following is a prayer wheel that will help with focus when praying for Finland. Feel free to share it with whomever you like!

We sincerely thank you for praying with us for the country of Finland. We do not take your prayers lightly - each one is making an impact on the nation of our calling. You are helping to set the stage for a great moving of the Spirit of God! May God bless you for your efforts and reward you for the time spent in praying for the Finnish people.

We appreciate you!

Mark, Glenda, Miranda, and Candace Alphin

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