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Prayer alerts

Information, Inspiration and Ideas

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."
Ephesians 6:18


The Overseas Council Australia Prayer Alert is a quarterly publication designed to equip our supporters and friends with information provided from our partner theological colleges around the world. The Prayer Alert contains sections for praise and thanksgiving, including prayer requests from students and faculty at our partner colleges. Prayer is a key way to engage with the mission of Overseas Council Australia. The Prayer Alert is provided at no cost to our subscribers.
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Trained To Train Others: How OCA Colleges Are Multiplying Christian Leaders
Winter 2017

OCA supports Theological Colleges who are training and equipping their students to bring the Gospel to every nation. In this issue of the Prayer Alert you will read about the ministries of OCA college partner graduates. We hope you are encouraged by the passions that God has put in the heart of each of these men and women.

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Prayerful colleges training prayerful church leaders
Autumn 2017

As you read and pray for our partner colleges, we hope you are encouraged by their prayer filled lives and dependence on God. We also invite you to celebrate with us as we mark the beginning of our 30th year as an organisation.

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Women Leaders From Around The World
Summer 2016/17

In this edition of the Prayer Alert you will meet a variety of competent women teaching in our partner Bible colleges. For some the context of gender relationships in church or society is, or has been, a significant personal issue. Others don't reference those issues. I hope their stories provide a deeper sense of what God is accomplishing through their ministries.

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Heroes of the Old Testament Applied within the Asian and African Contexts
Spring 2016

In this Prayer Alert we invite you to be encouraged by theological leaders in our partner bible colleges as they discuss how the lives of three Old Testament heroes of faith, Abraham, Moses and David, have influenced and shaped their personal journeys and their ministries.

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Leadership For Tomorrow's Church
Winter 2016

In this issue you will hear from faculty members who are recipients of OCA faculty grants. You will hear their experiences in pursuing God’s calling to ministry and the training that is enabling them. For some this would remain an unattainable goal without the support offered through an OCA faculty scholarship.

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‘De-westernising’ the curriculum. The OCA encouragement for change
Autumn 2016

OCA has been operating on clear principles and directions for many years, but recent expansions in the ministry have necessitated making these principles accessible for more people.

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Festivals: How Bible Colleges around the world celebrate and proclaim Christ
Summer 2015/16

Read these stories from around the world and see how our brothers and sisters celebrate Christmas, and how they love to use the occasion as an opportunity to share the Christmas story with their local communities.

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Leaders of Leaders Part B, Bible College Principals tell their stories
Spring 2015

Read the personal accounts of the church’s key leaders as they tell the stories of their faith and God’s faithfulness.

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Leaders of Leaders, Bible College Principals tell their stories
Winter 2015

Read the personal accounts of the church’s key leaders as they tell the stories of their faith and God’s faithfulness.

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Christian Leaders' training college: A case study in OCA support
Autumn 2015

At the moment we are making numerous contributions to Christian Leaders’ Training College in PNG and so it forms something of a case study to explain the work of OCA and thus hopefully encourage our supporters in their prayers for the whole ministry...

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The heartbeat of commitment: OCA Partner college graduates tell their stories
Summer 2014/15

People in the business world often ask us about our ‘metrics’. We have great metrics! For example, each year we follow up on students who have graduated five years before...

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Global glimpses: Insights from OCA's sister organisations
Spring 2014

In this edition of Prayer Alert we are delighted to have a range of ‘guest writers’ who are members of staff and consultants with OCA’s sister organisations. Many of them come from and are located in the developing world....

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Praise him with flute and strings: Music in worship and ministry
Winter 2014

In this edition of Prayer Alert we have asked our college partners if they will reflect on the role of music in their colleges, churches and communities. We hope this gives you a deeper insight to the way music is part of their lives and ministries, and so enriches your prayers for the whole of their experience....

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THE battle for human ideas: the conflict between earthly things and the heavenly places
Autumn 2014

In this Autumn edition of Prayer Alert, read of how our partner colleges face many challenges – such as in South Africa where the church must argue for its place because being Christian does necessarily hold value, in Lebanon following the civil war...

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new graduates: THE WORK GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THEM
Summer 2013/2014

In this edition of Prayer Alert we have asked some of the colleges we partner with to tell us where their graduates are now. What are they doing? How did they come to do the work they are involved with and were they adequately prepared for it by their training?...

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