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WEEKLY PRAYER FOCUS

“Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.” Sidlow Baxter 

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: Ariana Grande

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Ariana 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…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Mike Vogel

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Mike 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…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Emma Watson

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Emma 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…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Hugh Jackman

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Hugh 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…