Friday, January 13, 2012

Finland's Intercessor Team

The Mark Alphin Family-UPCI Missionaries, FINLAND
Prayer Focus
January 2012


The dawning of a new year nearly always brings a mindset of change. No matter what one is considering, whether it be weight, relationships, job, relocation, etc., it always involves changing something about 'life.' Looking back over 2011, we can see where our family experienced a whole lot of change! And, from where we stand, it has all been good. God has been faithful. Our team connection has been strong! And, we have been involved in praying for specific FIT requests in which God has moved in a miraculous way, astounding multiple doctors and proving that time and space does not matter to the Master Physician!

2012 and Finland - here's what we've planned so far (just in a nutshell, mind you, in order to save time and space):

"Light and Might"
In 2012, we are purposing to pray "Light and Might" into the spiritual atmosphere of Finland, asking God to illuminate the spiritual darkness with His Holy light while dispatching angels to fight - with might, strength, and anointing - in order to take territory from the evil one."Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."(Matthew 5:14-16, KJV) Our prayer is that His light, within us, would shine brightly before the Finns!

30 days of Prayer and Fasting
The Europe/Middle East Region is in the midst of a 30-day period of prayer and fasting for the Europe/Middle East. If you are interested in joining us, we welcome you to do so! Sis. Jerolyn Kelley, the EME Prayer Commission Coordinator, had some great fasting ideas: sugar, tea/coffee, eating one meal a day, fasting until a certain time each day, meat, chocolate, bread, internet, newspaper, read nothing but the Bible, and movie/television. There is certainly more than one way to deny ourselves, and with the right motive, our efforts serve to draw us closer to Him.

Read It Through!
Our family is planning to read the Bible through at least once this year. Won't you join us? There are a number of programs available to assist you in making it an easy task, not to mention it has lasting, spiritual benefits! Bread Chart (Bible Reading Enriches Any Day)

Home Bible Studies
Our goal is to reach out to others on a personal level, share our knowledge of Jesus, and help others develop a relationship with God that is built on Truth found in the Word of God. All of us will be involved in teaching Bible Studies!

Looking ahead
In August, the EME Prayer Commission will bring a small team of intercessors to Helsinki, Finland, in order to conduct prayer walks in various areas around the city. We are thrilled that our country was chosen for such a venture, and ask that you help us prepare the spiritual atmosphere for a great awakening in the hearts and minds of men. We will be sharing more about this as the date draws closer. EME Prayer Commission website.

Thank you for being a part of Finland's Intercessor Team.We could not possibly do 'what we do' without you!

Glenda Alphin
UPCI Missionary, Finland
EME Prayer Commission Member


Language Study
Our family begins another round of classes at the University of Helsinki in January! Mark, Glenda, and Candace are going for round 2 - Suomi 2, to be exact - and Miranda will be studying Suomi 1.

Pray for: clarity of thought, illumination of understanding, bind and remove confusion, loose a covering of peace  

Home Bible Studies and Book of Acts Home Group
 Bible Studies: We will soon be starting an additional Bible study. We will be making a number of new acquaintances in language class and want to follow God's direction in making new contacts. Home Group: We have two who call our group home when they are able to attend.

Pray for: direction, wisdom, open hearts and minds, bind deception and release revelation, loose spirit of Truth  

Associates in Missions
We are in conversations with several individuals regarding potential ministry within Finland.  Pray for: wisdom and direction, both for us and each person considering our field of labor 

Ongoing Requests
- A hunger to arise within the Finnish people for an urgency to seek God; spiritual awakening
- Revelation about the Oneness message
- A blood covering over the people of the Name within the country
- Open doors for the Word of God to have free course
- For those we meet to seek our company and want to learn about Jesus
- Associate in Missions help; fellow laborers

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