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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: Adele

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adeleAdele Laurie Blue Adkins was born on 5 May 1988 in Tottenham, London, the daughter of Penny Adkins and Mark Evans. Evans left when Adele was two, leaving her mother to raise her. She began singing at age four and asserts that she became obsessed with voices. Growing up, Adele spent most of her time singing rather than reading. In 1997, at the age of nine, Adele and her mother relocated to Brighton on the south coast of England and then moved back to London two years later. 

Adele graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon in May 2006. Adele credits the school with nurturing her talent even though, at the time, she was more interested in going into A&R and hoped to launch other people’s careers. Shortly after, she recorded a three-song demo for a class project and gave it to a friend who posted the demo on Myspace, where it became very successful and led to a phone call from Richard Russell, boss of the music label XL Recordings. She began recording vocals for another singer which led her to meet producer Jim Abbiss. She went on to release her debut album in 2008 titled 19. This album was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the UK charts during its release, and peaking at number four on the US Billboard 200 in 2012. She also released her next two albums: 21 (2011), and 25 (2015). She has won many awards including: 9 Grammy Awards from 2009-2014, an academy award for best original song and a golden globe for best original song. For more of Adele’s bio, click here!

Please pray for Adele this week, that God may bless and encourage her in a personal and powerful way! Pray for God to bless her career and decisions! Pray that she would know her worth and purpose in her Creator!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Jon Foreman

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Jon ForemanJonathan Mark Foreman was born in San Bernardino County, California, but his family moved to Massachusetts and Virginia Beach during his childhood. There he became fast friends with Todd Cooper, who encouraged him to learn guitar. Cooper was later a guitar tech for Switchfoot. After several years, Foreman and his family moved back to Southern California, this time settling in San Diego. He graduated from San Dieguito Academy in the North County Coastal area of San Diego, California. Foreman attended UC San Diego and later dropped out to follow his singing career.

Jon formed the Switchfoot band along with brother Tim in 1996. They have been together since and continue to tour and perform all over the world. Foreman is a committed nondenominational Christian; however, his goal with Switchfoot has always been to make music for all people. “For us, these songs are for everyone. Calling us ‘Christian rock’ tends to be a box that closes some people out and excludes them. And that’s not what we’re trying to do. Music has always opened my mind — and that’s what we want”. Together with Switchfoot, he has recorded 10 albums including: The Legend of Chin, A New To Way To Be Human, Learning To Breathe, The Beautiful Letdown, Hello Hurricane, Vice Verses, Fading West and upcoming Where The Light Shines. Foreman has also recorded different side project EP’s and solo albums. For more of Jon’s bio, click here!

Please pray for Jon Foreman this week, that God may continue to bless, guide and encourage him in a personal and powerful way! Pray for God to strengthen Jon in his music career, his charitable efforts and work for the kingdom! Pray that Jon would continue to grasp more how deep is God’s love for him!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Susan Stroman

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Susan StromanSusan Stroman was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of Frances and Charles Harry Stroman. She was exposed to show tunes by her piano-playing salesman father. She began studying dance, concentrating on jazz, tap, and ballet at the age of five. She studied under James Jamieson at the Academy of the Dance in Wilmington. She majored in theatre at the University of Delaware. She performed, choreographed and directed at community theaters in the Delaware and Philadelphia area.

After graduating in 1976, she moved to New York City. Her first professional appearance was in Hit the Deck at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1977. Her first Broadway credit was as an ensemble member in the 1979 musical Whoopee!. In 1980 she was assistant director, assistant choreographer, and dance captain for the Broadway show Musical Chairs. Wanting to direct and choreograph instead of perform, Stroman concentrated on creating for the theater. She worked in small venues as a director and choreographer in various industrial shows, club acts and commercials. Other major credits include: “Crazy For You”, “Picnic”, “Showboat”, “Big”, “Steel Pier”, “The Music Man”, “The Producers”, “Thou Shalt Not”, “Oklahoma!”, “Young Frankenstein”, “Big Fish” and “Bullets Over Broadway”. For more of Susan’s bio, click here!

Pray for Susan Stroman this week, that she may encounter God’s love in a personal and powerful way! Pray for God’s blessings and guidance in her personal and professional life. Pray that she would find her worth and purpose in her Creator!

Weekly Prayer Focus: Adele

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Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born on 5 May 1988 in Tottenham, London, the daughter of Penny Adkins and Mark Evans. Evans left when Adele was two, leaving her mother to…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Jon Foreman

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Jonathan Mark Foreman was born in San Bernardino County, California, but his family moved to Massachusetts and Virginia Beach during his childhood. There he became fast friends with Todd Cooper,…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Susan Stroman

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Susan Stroman was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of Frances and Charles Harry Stroman. She was exposed to show tunes by her piano-playing salesman father. She began studying dance, concentrating…

Weekly Prayer Focus: Lin Manuel Miranda

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Lin Manuel Miranda was born in Manhattan, New York City, and grew up in the neighborhood of Inwood. Miranda was born to Puerto Rican parents and grew up in a Hispanic…