“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Sunday 1st – Saturday 7th: This week we pray for our partners at New Day Centre in Albania and their projects with disadvantaged families in Bathore, a suburb of the capital Tirana, Albania. We pray for our charity shops.
On Sunday give thanks for Evis, the project director, and the team at New Day Centre. Now lockdown restrictions are lifting, pray for the team as their programmes restart and they navigate coronavirus prevention measures.
On Monday pray for children from extremely poor families who attend Kindergarten, including children with autism who can access inclusive education and therapy at the centre. Pray children progress to local primary schools.
On Tuesday pray for children attending the Play and Learn Club and for young people attending the Youth Group. Pray as children develop to adulthood, they gain skills and education to equip them to break the poverty cycle for their families.
On Wednesday give thanks that our charity shops can reopen. Pray for our shop managers Jill, Juliet and Peter who work incredibly hard ensuring shops follow Covid guidelines, alongside supporting volunteers and actively pushing for sales.
On Thursday pray for volunteers who may feel apprehensive about returning to shops. Pray they find a warm welcome and know that all is being done to keep them safe. Pray for encouragement and the Lord’s peace for all the shop teams.
On Friday pray local people will feel confident and safe to return to our shops and pray we see an increase in shoppers over the next few weeks. Pray for this important source of income to build up again quickly.
On Saturday pray for a great response to our initiative selling gift postcards in our shops to raise funds for facemasks for children at Spurgeons Academy in Kenya.
Sunday 8th – Saturday 14th: This week we reflect on Remembrance Sunday, we pray for our partners New Life Action Foundation Trust (NLAFT) and their work in Zambia., and we pray for New Hope Children’s Home in Cambodia.
On Remembrance Sunday remember those who have died in armed conflict around the world. Give thanks for Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and pray for international efforts to bring peace in many troubled lands.
On Monday give thanks and pray for health and safety for the NLAFT team who work with extremely poor and vulnerable families in three rural villages. Pray for wisdom as programmes become established again now lockdown restrictions have eased.
On Tuesday pray children who missed months of education quickly catch up as they return to school, and they perform well in national exams. Pray for M8 Primary School staff learning to teach in a hugely different Covid-Secure environment.
On Wednesday pray for the many families who lost their source of income during lockdown. Pray for women in the microfinance scheme, pray their businesses quickly start to generate income now they are permitted to trade again.
On Thursday give thanks and pray for Titus and the team in Cambodia providing safety, loving care, education and welfare support for orphaned and abandoned children at New Hope Children’s Home.
On Friday pray for agricultural programmes aimed at helping the project become self-sustainable, particularly the rice field which was destroyed by recent flooding. Pray for the team as they plan a new initiative to open a pre-school.
On Saturday pray for the work to reunite children with their extended families and pray that every child, however difficult their circumstances, has hope for the future.
Sunday 15th – Saturday 21st: This week we pray for our partners and their work at Houtberg Childcare Centre in Zimbabwe, and we remember World Toilet Day on 19th.
On Sunday praise God for the best ever harvest of maize at Houtberg Childcare Centre this year, after last year’s Cyclone destroyed the vegetable garden. Pray for the new Agricultural Officer who teaches agricultural skills to staff, caregivers and children.
On Monday pray for the local team who provide safety, shelter and access to education for orphaned, abandoned and abused children. Pray children gain the skills needed to ensure future survival in this rural environment.
On Tuesday pray for children who have missed many months of school. Pray for those children with no date to go back to school. Pray for funding for an internet connection at the home, to enable children to access online learning.
On Wednesday pray for Zimbabwe as it struggles to recover from lockdown and the impact of the pandemic on the economy and livelihoods. Pray for families in our project who have been severely affected by interruptions in transport systems.
On Thursday, World Toilet Day, pray for the estimated 4.2 billion people without adequate sanitation. Pray for increased awareness of the importance of toilets and access to clean water in supporting better nutrition and improved health.
On Friday give thanks for the accessible toilets built in schools in Rukungiri, Uganda, and for accessible toilets being built in Soroti. Pray for wisdom for local staff as they work with construction teams to ensure facilities meet required specifications.
On Saturday pray for marginalised communities who do not have access to clean water and adequate toilets or are denied access because of discrimination or disability. Pray for Dalit (untouchable) families connected to our centres in Patripul, India.
Sunday 22nd – Monday 30th: This week we remember the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th,, we pray for our partners SKD Guatemala and their work with street children in Guatemala City and we pray for our Christmas initiatives.
On Sunday pray for an end to violence and injustice against women and girls in all our overseas projects. Pray for our work with women’s groups in Sri Lanka and India, pray the women will be encouraged and empowered.
On Monday pray for empowerment for the women’s group in Albania. Pray the local team help women to develop new strategies for dealing with everyday family and social problems and how to support each other in their struggling community.
On Tuesday pray for women and girls fleeing violence in Guatemala City and give thanks for our Protection Home run by SKD Guatemala. Pray for wisdom and compassion as they seek to support families in crisis situations.
On Wednesday, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, pray for a world free from violence against women and girls. Pray for the millions of women and girls who suffered abuse or were at greater risk of abuse during lockdowns.
On Thursday as schools remain closed, pray for the local team in Guatemala City helping small groups of children with homework two days a week at their centre. Pray for their health and safety as they continue necessary home visits.
On Friday pray for protection and healing from emotional and physical trauma and abuse for children in the project. Pray for families whose income suffered during lockdown.
On Saturday pray for the volunteer mentoring team supporting individual children to learn to make wise choices. Pray for encouragement as relationships are built and pray children find opportunities that bring hope to their futures.
On Sunday as we begin to think about Christmas, pray for our new initiative selling alternative Christmas gifts of goats and pigs for families affected by disability in Uganda. Pray for our communications team seeking to target the idea to the right people.
On Monday pray for our Christmas Appeal ‘Empowerment for Education: Ethiopia’, raising funds for a new project in a remote region, to establish a series of women’s self-help groups to support mothers to create better futures for their families.