“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th: This week is National Volunteers week, and we pray for our volunteers. We also pray for our UK office staff.
On Tuesday give thanks and pray for blessing for Global Care’s volunteers. Pray for wisdom as lockdown restrictions are lifted and volunteers consider how to give their time, energy, and skills to support and fundraise for our work.
On Wednesday pray for our regional volunteer groups in Coventry, Warwickshire, and the North East. Give thanks for their fundraising efforts, and their contribution to publicising the work of Global Care.
On Thursday give thanks for Global Care Trustees who freely give their time and expertise to oversee our work. Pray for vision and discernment for Trustees and the UK Management Team as they review and plan over the next few months.
On Friday pray for our charity shop managers and shop volunteers as they work to re-establish the shops and attract new customers. Pray for interviews for ‘Kick-start’ placements for under-25s, some of whom will be working in our shops.
On Saturday pray for wisdom for staff interviewing applicants for posts at our Coventry Office. Give thanks for the commitment and hard work of staff who are leaving and pray for blessing as they move to new opportunities.
Sunday 6th – Saturday 12th: This week we pray for John White, CEO, at a speaking engagement and pray for our partners, New Life Action Foundation Trust (NLAFT) and their work in rural Zambia. We pray for partners at Houtberg Childcare Centre and their work in Zimbabwe.
On Sunday pray for John who is speaking at Queen’s Road Baptist Church. Pray those listening will be blessed and inspired by John’s words.
On Monday give thanks for our partners NLAFT, who provide education and welfare support in impoverished rural communities in Zambia. Give thanks and pray for children who have returned to M8 Community Primary School (under Covid prevention rules).
On Tuesday pray for families who struggle to survive in this harsh rural area, and who have been severely impacted by lockdown restrictions. Give thanks that through the sponsorship programme children have regular meals and go to school.
On Wednesday pray for widows who benefit from the microfinance project. Pray small businesses are successful as restrictions are lifted and trading is allowed again. Pray the women become self-sufficient and their children receive healthy meals and attend school.
On Thursday give thanks and pray for the Houtberg Centre 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 Friday give thanks pray for children who have missed many months of school in Zimbabwe and are now back only part-time to ensure Covid precautions are maintained. Pray children are motivated to learn and quickly adapt to new school processes.
On Saturday pray for the vegetable garden at Houtberg Centre, pray for favourable weather to enable recently sown seeds to flourish. Pray for the team as they find ways to ensure the centre has sufficient food despite a poor maize crop this year.
Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th: This week we pray for our partners and the families they support in India, Sri Lanka and South Sudan.
On Sunday give thanks for all our overseas partners, who work in challenging situations fighting against injustice for the most vulnerable children, ensuring urgent needs are met, and through education, breaking the cycle of poverty and giving hope for the future.
On Monday pray for our partners Emmanuel Ministries in Kolkata, India. Pray for staff and their families, and families who use project services. Pray for protection from Covid-19, for healing for those infected, and pray for those mourning the loss of loved ones.
On Tuesday as Emmanuel Ministries continue to have increasing members of staff isolating or sick, pray they can recruit new members of staff to provide services and pray for children at Calcutta Emmanuel School who are currently at home studying online.
On Wednesday pray for our partners in Patripul, Mumbai. Pray for good health and protection from the virus. Pray for the extremely vulnerable Dalit families who live in overcrowded conditions without access to clean water. Pray for the many children orphaned through the pandemic.
On Thursday pray for our partners and children in Sri Lanka as schools in Colombo have again been closed following a surge in Covid-19 cases. Pray for peace and protection as people cross from India into Sri Lanka for medical care.
On Friday give thanks for teachers who completed the teacher training course in South Sudan. Pray the graduate teachers can use their new skills and learning to bring about positive change in the lives of the thousands of children they teach.
On Saturday pray for work to evaluate the teacher training project. Pray the results give clarity to the project’s successes and areas for improvement, and pray for wisdom for those deciding the future of the project and Global Care’s involvement.
Sunday 20th – Saturday 26th: This week we remember Father’s Day, and we pray for our partners and projects at our centres in Kampala, Rukungiri and Soroti in Uganda.
On Sunday, Father’s Day, give thanks for fathers who bring love and cohesion to families. Pray for men, including some of our partners, who act as mentors to vulnerable young people without fathers, or with poor male role models.
On Monday give thanks for our three local teams in Uganda and pray for strength and vision as they support sponsored children and run different specific local initiatives. Give thanks for funding enabling the provision of back-to-school packs for children.
On Tuesday give thanks and pray for Patrick and Catherine in Kampala. Pray for wisdom as they support families struggling in poverty after pandemic lockdowns. Pray for children who have been working to boost family income, pray they return to school.
On Wednesday pray for local staff in Rukungiri as they ensure children with disability can return to school when classes restart. Pray for wisdom as local and UK teams look at long-term solutions to enable disabled children to access school.
On Thursday pray for the new Disability Community Outreach Officer in Soroti, pray she quickly feels part of the team. Pray for wisdom as the team expand initiatives supporting children with disability and continue to promote equal access to education for all children.
On Friday pray for families whose livelihoods as market traders are threatened by flooding in Soroti district alongside Covid-19 restrictions. Pray for the team as they provide emotional and practical support to children and families.
On Saturday pray for children with HIV/AIDS or sickle-cell disease. Pray their families can find work to help pay off debts and provide additional food and medication for their children. Give thanks for our emergency medical fund which helps families in crisis.
Sunday 27th – Wednesday 30th: This week we pray for the team at New Day Centre and their programmes in Bathore, Albania.
On Sunday give thanks and pray for Evis and the team at New Day Centre. Give thanks that all activities have been able to restart. Pray for wisdom as they adapt programmes to be Covid-secure.
On Monday pray for children and young people who have recently started the Kindergarten, homework club and youth club. Pray they know they are loved, have hope for a better future and grow into secure independent adults.
On Tuesday give thanks and pray for physiotherapy and speech therapy services, pray for children with autism receiving development therapy. Pray children make good progress. Pray for the mother’s networking group, pray the women find hope for their children’s futures.
On Wednesday pray for the vulnerable women and young people already trained, or being trained, to work at the agricultural project growing, drying and selling medicinal and aromatic plants. Pray the project continues to successfully generate income for workers’ families and for New Day Centre.