… Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. … But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53: 3b, 5
Monday 1st – Saturday 6th: This week we pray for God to bless and use a new resource, ‘Where You Go I Will Go’, written by Baptist minister Keith Parr, one of our Trustees, and his wife Karen, incorporating stories of children supported by Global Care. We will use prayers from the book for our Sunday prayers this month. We also pray for our partners, House of Hope and their work in Damascus, Syria, and our Trustees meeting on 6th.
On Monday give thanks for Keith and Karen, and for their book of bible studies, reflections, and prayers, drawn from the book of Ruth. Pray for blessing for them and for those who read and work through the book. *
On Tuesday give thanks for our House of Hope partners and their families as School Clubs in Damascus are reopened. Pray for their health and safety in this area which is beset by political and religious tension.
On Wednesday pray for the extremely vulnerable and traumatised children, many of whom are orphans, who attend School Clubs. Pray they will continue to progress at school with the support of this safe space to play and learn basic literacy and numeracy.
On Thursday pray for families living in the area, most of whom are displaced from other parts of Syria. Pray adults will find work and families will be able to afford necessities. Pray for peace in these volatile communities.
On Friday pray children will gain emotional and mental healing through the therapeutic support of specialist teachers at House of Hope. Pray they will gain confidence, make friends, and begin to have hope for a better future.
On Saturday give thanks and pray for our Trustees who meet (online) today. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they review our work over the last year and discuss plans for existing and new initiatives in 2021.
Sunday 7th – Saturday 13th: This week we pray for our partners Community Concern, and their work at Morning Star Care Centre (MSCC) in Dehiwela beach slum, Sri Lanka.
On Sunday as we approach Lent and prepare for Easter, give thanks that however difficult our lives may seem, with Jesus there is always hope, and light in the darkness. Lord Jesus, help us to always look for your light and your hope.
On Monday give thanks and pray for encouragement and blessing for the Community Concern team providing non-formal education and counselling for extremely vulnerable children. Pray for wisdom as they navigate continually changing restrictions associated with the pandemic.
On Tuesday give thanks for teachers preparing study packs and exams for children to complete at home following further school closures in October. Pray children continue to progress and pray that eventually they can move on to mainstream education.
On Wednesday give thanks and pray for the field workers who continued to support children throughout 2020, through phone calls, home visits, parental support, counselling for children and liaison with local children’s authorities.
On Thursday pray for families struggling with children being at home while adults are out of work. Pray for peace and safety, for protection against domestic abuse and emotional distress. Pray the virus does not take hold in this congested shanty environment.
On Friday pray for children who usually attend extra tuition classes after school. Pray their parents will understand the value of education and encourage their children to learn and study at home and to attend classes once they resume.
On Saturday pray for children whose counselling session have been disrupted several times by curfews and school closures. Pray that God’s peace will rule in their hearts and minds and they will know they are loved.
Sunday 14th – Saturday 20th: This week sees the start of Lent. We pray for our partners SKD Guatemala and their work in Guatemala City, the focus of our Lent appeal.
On Sunday thank God for the love and care our partners show to vulnerable children. Thank you Lord that you value us, love us, delight in us. Help us to remember that each ordinary encounter today may well be an encounter with you.
On Monday give thanks and pray for the SKD Guatemala staff and volunteer teams as centres re-open and they meet with small groups of the neediest children, helping them get their lives back on track.
On Shrove Tuesday pray for the vulnerable children the team support. Pray that relationships developed with local staff and personal mentors will quickly be re-established as lockdown restrictions allow face-to-face (socially distanced) contact, and pray trust can be rebuilt swiftly.
On Ash Wednesday pray for a generous response to our Lent appeal for a one-year programme providing Covid catch-up classes for children on the mentoring scheme. Pray receiving education in a safe learning environment will help re-motivate children to prioritise their education. **
On Thursday pray for children at risk of violence at home or who suffered abuse during lockdowns. Pray for emotional healing. Pray for the local team supporting them to find peace and joy and help them to find places of safety.
On Friday pray for an end to child kidnapping on the streets of Guatemala City. Pray for children whose lives are so terribly at risk, pray for God’s protection and mercy. Pray for safety for the local team operating in this dangerous environment.
On Saturday pray for children whose lives have been completely disrupted by the pandemic. Pray they will find hope and light through the local project. Pray they will catch up with their education and begin again to learn to make wise choices.
Sunday 21st – Sunday 28th: This week we remember International Mother Language Day, and we pray for our partners and their work in Myanmar. We pray for our partners Emmanuel Ministries and their work in Kolkata, India at Calcutta Emmanuel School and Pavement Clubs.
On Sunday, International Mother Language Day, pray for ethnic communities in our projects who suffer discrimination because of the language they speak. Lord, help us to be a people who accept others just as they are.
On Monday pray for an end to the underinvestment and neglect of families from ethnic minority states, pray for better access to infrastructure and necessities such as electricity and clean water for families supported through our Myanmar initiatives.
On Tuesday pray for our partner DS who supports extremely vulnerable and neglected children and families. Pray for his health and safety once he can resume the dangerous journey to visit remote villages in Karenni state.
On Wednesday pray for children, families and primary teachers supported by DS. Pray children can access equitable quality education and pray for strength and joy for older children who spend time away from home villages so they can continue their education.
On Thursday give thanks and pray for Joshua and his family and the local team providing care and education for vulnerable children in Yangon. Pray for effective self-sufficiency initiatives which will provide income for the home going forward.
On Friday pray for good health and safety for our partners Emmanuel Ministries in Kolkata as they work to maintain contact with children and families while some coronavirus restrictions remain in place.
On Saturday pray for children at Calcutta Emmanuel School, whose education has been severely disrupted due to the pandemic. Amidst uncertainty around when schools will fully reopen, pray children will be motivated to continue their learning.
On Sunday pray for children who attend Pavement Clubs and pray for wisdom for the local team trying to resume a variety of services and facilities. Pray that we, and the children in Kolkata, will know that Jesus walks with us, and never leaves us.
*Suitable for personal use, or for small group study, at Lent, or any other time of year, copies of the book can be ordered from www.globalcare.org/shop or from the office on 030 030 21 030. The studies are also available in audio form for anyone who purchases a copy.
**For more information visit www.globalcare.org/Lent-2021