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Weekly Prayer Focus: Ariana Grande

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ariana-grandeAriana Grande-Butera was born in Boca Raton, Florida, the daughter of Joan Grande and Edward Butera. Grande’s family moved from New York to Florida when her mother was pregnant with her, and her parents separated when she was around 8 or 9 years old. As a child, Grande performed with the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater, playing her first role as Annie, as well as performing in the musicals The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast. At the age of 8, she performed at a karaoke lounge on a cruise ship and with various orchestras such as South Florida’s Philharmonic, Florida Sunshine Pops and Symphonic Orchestras, and she made her national television debut singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Florida Panthers. She attended Pine Crest School and North Broward Preparatory School.

By age 13, she became serious about pursuing a music career, though she still concentrated on theater. When she first arrived in Los Angeles to meet with her managers, she expressed a desire to record an R&B album when she was 14. In 2008, Grande was cast in the supporting role of cheerleader Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway. Grande auditioned for the Nickelodeon television show Victorious in New York along with 13 co-star Elizabeth Gillies in 2009. After the first season of Victorious wrapped, Grande wanted to focus on her music career and began working on her debut album in August 2010. Her discography includes: Yours Truly, My Everything, and Dangerous Woman. Grande was raised a Roman Catholic but abandoned Catholicism. She has followed Kabbalah teachings since the age of twelve. For more of Ariana’s bio, click HERE!

Pray for Ariana Grande this week, that she may experience God’s peace through this time of tragedy following the Machester bombing! Pray that she may encounter God’s love, grace, and comfort in a personal and powerful way! Pray that God would also provide a community that would best serve her needs at this time! May Ariana grow closer to God and find her purpose and worth in her Creator!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Mike Vogel

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mike-vogelMike Vogel was born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, to Kathy and Jim Vogel. He attended William Tennent High School where Vogel was on the Freshman wrestling team. During the early 2000s, he frequently traveled to New York City in order to audition for acting roles and modeling slots. 

Vogel began modeling for Levi’s, and was subsequently cast in the television series Grounded for Life appearing in a recurring role between 2001 and 2004. His first film role was in the skateboarding-themed Grind, which was released on August 15, 2003. Vogel’s next role was in the made-for-television remake of Wuthering Heights. His other credits include: The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants, Rumor Has It, Cloverfield, Open Graves, Blue Valentine, The Help, TV Series’ Pan-Am, TV Series’ Under The Dome, TV Series’ Bates Motel, In My Dreams, and the newly-released The Case For Christ. Vogel is married and has three children. For more info on Mike’s bio, click HERE!

Pray for Mike Vogel this week, that he would experience God’s love and peace in a personal and powerful way! Pray for Mike and his family to feel God’s presence and guidance in all their decisions! Pray for Mike to find his worth, purpose and identity in his Creator!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Emma Watson

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emma-watsonEmma Charlotte Watson was born in Paris, France, the daughter of English lawyers Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson. Watson lived in Paris until the age of five. Her parents separated when she was young; following their divorce, Watson moved back to England to live with her mother in Oxfordshire while spending weekends at her father’s house in London. Watson attended the Dragon School in Oxford, remaining there until 2003. From the age of six, she wanted to become an actress, and trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing, and acting. By the age of ten, Watson had performed in various Stagecoach productions and school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince. Following the Dragon School, Watson moved on to Headington School. 

In 1999, casting began for Harry Potter and the Sorcerers (2001), the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling novel. Casting agents found Emma through her Oxford theatre teacher. Emma and fellow applicants were casted for the roles of the three leads, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. The release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) was Emma’s cinematic screen debut. The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of 2001. After the release of the first film of the highly successful franchise, Emma became one of the most well-known actresses in the world. She continued to play the role of Hermione Granger for nearly ten years, in all of the Harry Potter films. Other credits include: My Week With Marilyn, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, This Is The End, The Bling Ring, Noah, Colonia, Beauty & The Beast and the upcoming The Circle. On the subject of faith, Emma has stated to be an universalist. Watson is a huge women’s rights activist and has been appointed as an UN Women Goodwill ambassador. For more of Emma’s bio, click HERE!

Pray for Emma Watson this week, that she may encounter God’s unconditional love, mercy, grace and peace in a personal way! Pray the she would be drawn to God and find her purpose and worth in Him! Pray for God’s protection and guidance over her career and personal life!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Hugh Jackman

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hugh-jackman2Hugh Michael Jackman was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to Grace McNeil and Christopher John Jackman. His parents were devout Christians, having been converted by Evangelist Billy Graham after their marriage. His parents divorced when he was eight, and Jackman remained in Australia with his father and his two brothers, while his mother moved back to England with his two sisters. Jackman went to primary school at Pymble Public School and later attended the all-boys Knox Grammar School, where he starred in its production of My Fair Lady in 1985, and became the school captain in 1986. Later, he studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, graduating in 1991 with a BA in Communications. In his final year of university, he took a drama course to make up additional credits. 

After graduating, he pursued drama at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, immediately after which he was offered a starring role in the ABC-TV prison drama Correlli (1995), opposite his future wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Several TV guest roles followed, as an actor and variety compere. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series. Other credits include: The Fountain, The Prestige, Happy Feet, Australia, Reel Steel, Les Miserables, Prisoners, Chappie, Pan, Eddie The Eagle, and the newly released Logan. In Broadway theatre, Jackman won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz. Jackman has described himself as a Christian and a “religious person”. For more info on Hugh’s bio, click here!

Pray for Hugh Jackman this week, that God may bless and encourage him in a personal and powerful way! Pray that he would experience God’s love, peace and mercy in a closer way. Pray for his marriage and family. Pray that Hugh would continue to find his purpose and worth in his Creator!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Milo Ventimiglia

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Milo Anthony Ventimiglia was born in Anaheim, California, the son of Carol and Peter Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia attended El Modena High School in Orange, California, where he wrestled, acted in drama productions and held the office of president in student government. He graduated in 1995. At eighteen years of age, Ventimiglia studied at the American Conservatory Theater for their summer program. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles as a theatre major.

At 18 years of age, Ventimiglia started auditioning, booking jobs, and working his way up. His first starring role was in Must Be the Music, a short film. From there, Ventimiglia studied at UCLA before landing a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He also guest-starred on such television series as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Boston Public. Other major TV show credits include: Gilmore Girls, Boston Public, American Dreams, The Bedford Diaries, Heroes, Mob City, Chosen, The Whispers, Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, and This is Us. Milo is advocate for veterans and has been involved with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. For more of Milo’s bio, click here!

Pray for Milo Ventimiglia this week, that he would encounter God’s blessings and unconditional love in a personal way! Pray for God to minister to his heart and put people in his path to bless and encourage him! Pray for Milo to know how much God loves him!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Madeline Fontaine

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Madeline Fontaine is a French costume designer. Fontaine is also the president of the French Association of Film and Audiovisual costumers (AFCCA). Her credits include: Let There Be Light, Babel, Amélie, A Very Long Engagement, The Art of Breaking Up, Yves Saint Laurent, A Woman’s Life, Jackie, and TV Series Versailles. She has won the César Award for Best Costume Design twice and is currently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for her work on Jackie. 

For more of Madeline’s bio, click here! Pray for Madeline Fontaine this week, that she can encounter God’s love in a personal and powerful way! Pray for God’s blessings over her career and personal life! Pray that she would know how much God loves and values her! And may she find joy in her talents and creativity!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Chance the Rapper

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chance-the-rapperChancelor Bennett, a.k.a Chance the Rapper, grew up in the middle-class neighborhood of West Chatham on Chicago’s South Side. His younger brother, Taylor Bennett, is also a Chicago rapper. His father is Ken Williams-Bennett, who was an aide to a former Chicago mayor. In his freshman year at Jones College Prep High School, Chance formed the hip-hop duo Instrumentality with a friend. He mentioned in an interview that fellow Chicago native Kanye West’s 2004 debut album The College Dropout was the first hip-hop album that he ever purchased and listened to, previously being into soul and jazz.

At Jones College Prep High School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to become a musician. Following a 10-day suspension in early 2011 during his senior year for possessing marijuana on campus, Bennett recorded his first full-length project, a mixtape titled 10 Day. Bennett released the mixtape on April 3, 2012 and it has since been downloaded over 300,000 times via Datpiff. The mixtape was well received locally and helped Bennett make connections with producers such as Chuck Inglish, Kenny Jame$, and Blended Babies. Prior to writing and recording 10 Day, Chance The Rapper recorded the mixtape “Good Enough” and “The Back to School Pack EP.” Chance released his second mixtape, Acid Rap, on April 30, 2013. Acid Rap was strongly praised by music critics and fans alike. On May 12, 2016, Chance’s third mixtape, Coloring Book (promoted as Chance 3), was released, streaming exclusively on Apple Music. In the first week, the mixtape was streamed over 57.3 million times, which was equivalent to 38,000 units sold, debuting at number 8 on the Billboard 200. It became the first release to chart solely on streams. This album was highly inspired by Gospel artists including Kirk Franklin. He has talked about his Christian faith in different interviews. For more of Chance the Rapper’s bio, click here!

Pray for Chance the Rapper this week, that he may be strengthened and showered by God’s love, grace and peace! May he continue to shine and share God’s love through his music and through his work! Pray for God’s blessings over his life and family!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Janelle Monáe

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janelle-monaeMonáe was born in Kansas City, Kansas, where she spent her early years. She is the daughter of a janitor mother and a truck driver father. She has stated that the fictional character of Dorothy Gale from the film The Wizard of Oz has been one of her “musical influences” and she dreamed of being a singer and a performer from a very young age. She moved to New York City to study drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, attending a performing arts camp called Freedom Theatre, which is the oldest African-American theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 2001, she met OutKast’s Big Boi, and then founded the Wondaland Arts Society with some like-minded young artists, releasing her first EP The Audition in 2003. Although it did not place highly on the Billboard charts – reportedly only 400 physical copies were pressed – it did showcase her impressive vocal abilities and unique Metropolis concept that would also figure in her future releases. Big Boi told his friend Sean Combs about Monáe, and she signed to Bad Boy in 2006. In 2007, Monáe released her first solo work, titled Metropolis. Her two other albums are: The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady. In October 2016, Monáe made her big screen acting debut in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight. Monáe also starred in the film Hidden Figures, released in December 2016. For more of Janelle’s bio, click here!

Pray for Janelle Monáe this week, that God may bless and encourage her in a personal and powerful way! May God guide her steps in her professional and personal life. May she find her purpose and worth in her Creator and be reminded of how much God loves her!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Casey Affleck

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casey-affleckCaleb Casey McGuire Affleck was born on August 12, 1975 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, the son of Christopher Anne and Timothy Byers Affleck. His mother was a Radcliffe College and Harvard-educated elementary school teacher. Affleck’s father was a chronic alcoholic: “He was a disaster of a drinker. It ruined his life.” Following his parents’ divorce when he was nine, Affleck and his older brother, Ben, lived with their mother. They visited their father weekly, and attended Alateen support meetings. Affleck and his brother were regularly taken to the theater by their mother, and were encouraged to make their own home movies. The brothers sometimes appeared in local weather commercials and as movie extras because of their mother’s friendship with a local casting director. Affleck took acting classes and acted in numerous high school theater productions while a student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

At the age of eighteen, Affleck moved to Los Angeles for a year to pursue an acting career, and lived with his brother and their childhood friend Matt Damon. Despite having “the best possible first experience” while filming To Die For, he spent much of the year working as a busboy at a restaurant in Pasadena and decided to move to Washington D.C. to study politics at George Washington University. He soon transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he followed the core curriculum for two years but he didn’t graduate. His credits include: Race the Sun, Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting, Hamlet, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Gone Baby Gone, Interstellar, The Finest Hours and Machester By The Sea. For more of Casey’s bio, click here!

Pray for Casey Affleck this week, that he may encounter God’s peace, unconditional love, grace and mercy in a personal way! Pray for God’s peace to flood his heart and may he come to know how much God loves him! Pray for his salvation and for God to place his servants around him! 

Weekly Prayer Focus: Alexis Bledel

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Premiere Of Disney ABC Television And The Hallmark Hall Of Fame's "Remembering Sunday" - ArrivalsKimberly Alexis Bledel was born in Houston, Texas to Nanette and Martín Bledel. She has a younger brother, Eric. Her father was born and raised in Argentina. Bledel grew up in a Spanish-speaking household, and did not learn English until she began school; she considers herself a Latina. Bledel attended Catholic St. Agnes Academy in Houston, as well as Baptist and Lutheran schools. Her mother encouraged her to try community theater to overcome her shyness. As a child, Bledel appeared in local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz. She was scouted at a local shopping mall and given work as a fashion model. 

She went to Page Parkes Center for Modeling and Acting and attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for one year. Bledel made her television debut opposite Lauren Graham in The WB comedy-drama Gilmore Girls, which ran for seven seasons. Other major features include: Tuck Everlasting, Sin City, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Post Grad, The Conspirator, Parts Per Billion and Jenny’s Wedding. Bledel will be reprising her role in the upcoming Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. For more of Bledel’s bio, click here!

Pray for Alexis Bledel this week, that God may bless and encourage her in a personal and powerful way! Pray that God may guide her professional and personal life! Pray for protection over her marriage and family, may they all feel God’s love in a closer way!