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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: Patricia Riggen

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Patricia-RiggenPatricia Riggen was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. In Guadalajara, Riggen obtained a degree in communication sciences, worked as a journalist, then later moved to New York City, where she received her Master’s degree in directing and screenwriting at Columbia University. While attending Columbia, she directed two short films The Cornfield (2002) and Family Portrait (2004), a documentary. Riggen found her way into writing and producing film, though she never thought she would end up as a director.

In 2007, Under the Same Moon, Riggen’s first major film was released. Other credits include: Lemonade Mouth, Girl In Progress, The 33 and Miracles From Heaven. For more of Patricia’s bio, click here!

Pray for Patricia Riggen this week, that God may bless and encourage her in a personal and powerful way! Pray that she would find her purpose and worth in her Creator! Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in her professional and personal life!



Weekly Prayer Focus: Ryan Coogler

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Ryan-CooglerRyan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland, California. His parents are: Joselyn and Ira Coogler. Coogler lived in Oakland, California until age eight, when he moved to Richmond, California. He went to Saint Mary’s College High School, a private Catholic school in Berkeley, California, and was good at math and science. 

He started his college journey at Saint Mary’s College of California on a football scholarship. While he was there, his English professor encouraged him to pursue a career in screenwriting. After Saint Mary’s canceled its football program in March 2004, he transferred and earned a scholarship to play at and attend Sacramento State, where in his four years he grabbed 112 receptions for 1,213 yards and 6 touchdowns. He then attended USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he made a series of short films. While at USC, Coogler directed four short films, three of which won or were nominated for various awards: Locks (2009), Fig (2011), The Sculptor (2011), and Gap (2011). In 2013, he partnered with Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker who agreed to develop and produce his first feature-film project, Fruitvale Station. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. His other films are: Creed (2015) and upcoming Black Panther. For more of Ryan’s bio, click here!

Pray for Ryan Coogler this week, that God may bless and encourage him in a personal and powerful way! Pray that God guides him and fills him with wisdom in all his career endeavors! Pray for God’s protection over his marriage and may Ryan experience more of God’s joy and peace this week!

 



Weekly Prayer Focus: Ava DuVernay

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2015 Sundance Institute Celebration BenefitAva DuVernay was born in Long Beach, California, to Darlene Maye and Murray. DuVernay spent summers in Hayneville, Alabama. DuVernay said that these summers in Alabama influenced the making of Selma, as her father saw the Selma to Montgomery marches as a small child. DuVernay attended Saint Joseph High School, where she graduated in 1990. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995, where she double-majored in English and African-American studies.

While in college DuVernay became interested in broadcast journalism. While an intern for CBS News, she was assigned to help cover the O.J. Simpson murder trial. After graduation, DuVernay worked at FOX, Savoy Pictures and other public relations firms for four years before forming her own agency, The DuVernay Agency, later known as DVA Media + Marketing, in 1999. In 2008, DuVernay made her feature directorial debut with the documentary This Is the Life. In 2011, DuVernay’s first narrative feature film, I Will Follow. Other credits include: Essence Presents: Faith in 2010, Middle of Nowhere, Selma, and For Justice. For more of Ava’s bio, click here!

Pray for Ava DuVernay this week, that she may encounter God’s unconditional love, grace, peace, mercy and peace! Pray that Ava would find her worth and purpose in her Creator! Pray for God’s blessings on her career and personal life!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Patricia Riggen

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Patricia Riggen was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. In Guadalajara, Riggen obtained a degree in communication sciences, worked as a journalist, then later moved to New York City, where she received her Master’s…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Ryan Coogler

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Ryan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland, California. His parents are: Joselyn and Ira Coogler. Coogler lived in Oakland, California until age eight, when he moved to Richmond, California. He…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Ava DuVernay

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Ava DuVernay was born in Long Beach, California, to Darlene Maye and Murray. DuVernay spent summers in Hayneville, Alabama. DuVernay said that these summers in Alabama influenced the making of Selma, as her…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Alessia Cara

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Alessia Caracciolo is from Brampton, Ontario, Canada where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School. As a child, she wrote poetry, and did theatre. She began playing guitar at the age of…