“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
Monday 1st – Saturday 6th: This week we pray for Zimbabwe following the devastation of Cyclone Idai. We pray for CEO John White as he travels to Lebanon to visit our Shack School in the Bekaa Valley, and meets new Syrian partners to discuss a research project exploring ways to help vulnerable children access education.
On Monday pray for our partners in Zimbabwe as they deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. Give thanks that the team suffered no loss of life. Pray for a swift international response enabling effective restoration of infrastructure and buildings damaged by flooding.
On Tuesday pray for John as he flies to Beirut. Pray for safe travel and good health throughout the trip. Pray for God’s vision and inspiration as he prepares to meet partners working in extremely difficult circumstances.
On Wednesday give thanks for our informal tented ‘shack school’ and the team of teachers providing education to Syrian refugee children in a roadside refugee settlement. Pray local partners and children will be blessed and encouraged by John’s visit.
On Thursday pray for the team travelling from Syria to meet John in Lebanon. Give thanks for their commitment to supporting vulnerable families and their desire to help children access education. Pray for God’s direction as they discuss proposals with John.
On Friday give thanks for the foundation of local research that will inform discussions today. Pray that as the teams develop policies and plans together, they have clarity and agreement for the next steps. Pray for John as he travels home.
On Saturday pray for trustees and management teams who make decisions about future project development. Pray for wisdom and peace in discussions about which new projects Global Care should support, and when it is right for work to continue without us.
Sunday 7th – Saturday 13th: This week we remember World Health Day on 7th April and pray for children and projects in the context of health and healthcare.
On Sunday, World Health Day, pray governments respond to this year’s campaign, recognise the needs of communities without access to primary healthcare, and take action to ensure communities can obtain the care they need, when they need it.
On Monday give thanks for all the healthy children who have received emergency medical support through the Global Care Medical Response Fund, integral to our Children At Risk programme. Pray our Lent appeal is successful in recruiting more Children At Risk partners.**
On Tuesday give thanks for Global Care’s work with children with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities. Pray for worldwide justice and equality for children with disability and for increased availability of accessible healthcare and inclusive education.
On Wednesday pray for our partners at New Day Centre in Albania providing physiotherapy for children with physical disability, and a special Kindergarten for children with autism. Pray children continue to thrive and develop in the caring, supportive environment of the centre.
On Thursday pray for children with disability in Uganda. Pray for the Rukungiri team starting to implement solutions to help children with mobility problems access schools. Pray for Soroti staff supporting Disability Support Groups in rural villages and working at the Ark.
On Friday pray for initiatives in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia which help children affected by HIV/AIDS, either directly or indirectly. Pray for the many children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS who suffer discrimination and hardship.
On Saturday pray for the health and safety of Dalit children in our project in India who have limited access to clean water and sanitation, often have unhygienic or dangerous jobs, and may be denied healthcare due to their status as ‘untouchables.’
Sunday 14th – Saturday 20th: This week we pray for our project in rural Zambia providing access to education alongside welfare support. As we approach Easter, we take time to reflect on Jesus’ death and resurrection.
On Sunday give thanks for our Zambian partners, New Life Action Foundation Trust. Pray that their vision will be realised as they work to create ‘a community which is able to educate, clothe and feed its children.’
On Monday pray for adults living in this community who struggle to survive, often being unable to provide daily meals for their families. Give thanks for the sponsorship programme which supports provision of food and enables children to go to school.
On Tuesday pray for widows who benefit from a microfinance project enabling them to start small businesses. Give thanks for the 70 children who now receive healthy meals and go to school, and pray more women will become self-sufficient through this initiative.
On Wednesday give thanks and pray for the UK team visiting the project this summer. Pray for wisdom in their planning and for peace and blessing in all their preparations.
On Maundy Thursday as our thoughts turn to events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, pray for all those who betray, and those betrayed, and for innocent victims everywhere.
On Good Friday remember the supreme sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf offering Himself to death so that we might live forever. May all we are, and all we do, be inspired and sustained by Him. Pray for the broken-hearted, that they will be healed.
On Saturday remembering how the disciples mourned and wept after Jesus’ death, pray for those who mourn and weep today – that they would also see a new dawn of hope and have confidence in God’s goodness and love.
Sunday 21st– Sunday 27th: This Easter week we give thanks for Jesus sacrifice, and we pray for our project and partners at Spurgeons Academy in Kibera, an urban slum outside Nairobi, Kenya.
On Easter Sunday celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with joy and thanksgiving. Thank God for his incredible love and grace, shown through our undeserved gift of Jesus.
On Easter Monday as we continue to rejoice in our salvation, remember the desperately poor and vulnerable children in our projects throughout the world and pray that they will know joy and peace, and have hope for their futures.
On Tuesday pray for safety and blessing for staff and children at Spurgeons Academy in Kibera. Give thanks for supporters who enable children to receive education, two meals a day, loving care, and medical support.
On Wednesday pray for teachers required to implement a new curriculum amid confusion about government requirements and start dates. Pray teachers receive the training they need and pray children quickly adjust to changes.
On Thursday pray for children affected by violent abuse at home. Pray for sisters Wendy* and Sylvia* who fled from their violent father with their mother, who struggles to support the family on her own.
On Friday pray for children who are repeatedly hospitalised due to HIV/AIDS or sickle-cell disease, pray for healing and strength. Pray for children orphaned through HIV/AIDS. Give thanks that our project provides healthcare, education and welfare and gives hope to desperate children.
On Saturday give thanks for the consistently good results achieved at the school and for the teachers and children who work hard to make this happen. Pray children have opportunities to continue their education at a higher level.
Sunday 28th – Tuesday 30th: This week we pray for our work in Ethiopia supporting preschools, and for our partners Addis Kidan Baptist Church.
On Sunday give thanks for church leaders, teachers and the local community who work together to support the preschools. Pray for wisdom as they develop solutions to help the preschools become self-supporting.
On Monday pray communities increase their understanding of the long-term benefits of education for their children. Pray for children denied access to education through illness, malnutrition, or because parents want them to work at home.
On Tuesday pray for families whose harvests suffered from unpredictable weather and seasons last year. Pray for our partners’ community agricultural initiatives, pray they help families who rely on subsistence farming.
**Find out more about this at www.globalcare.org/children-at-risk
*Children’s names changed to protect identity
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