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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: 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!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Janelle Monáe

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Monáe 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…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Casey Affleck

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Caleb 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…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Alexis Bledel

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Kimberly 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…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Lauren Graham

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Lauren Graham was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents are: Donna Grant and Lawrence Graham. Graham was five years old when her parents divorced and she moved to Alexandria, Virginia with her…