Your support in faithful prayer for us, our partners around the world and their communities, and for God’s ongoing work of justice, is just as important as your financial donations.
On this page, you will find information about our work, our partners and the people involved. We hope that these are useful starting points for your prayers and reflections.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers. They are deeply valued.
April – June 2020
- Pray for already-stretched health facilities as they threaten to be overwhelmed with cases of coronavirus.
- Pray that Israel will allow people from Gaza to be treated in Israeli hospitals.
- Pray for children who would normally attend activities at the centre and are now unable to do so because of the centre’s indefinite closure.
- Pray for parents of children who attend the centre, that they will have the ability to meet their children’s needs.
- Thank God that there as yet no cases of coronavirus detected in Vanuatu. Pray that this will continue to be the case.
- Pray for wisdom from the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Vanuatu, as they determine the future of community development activities in the project.
- Pray for the project team as they work from home and that the impact of COVID-19 on the project will be minimal.
- Pray for protection for women and children, and wisdom for men, that gender-based violence will not escalate due to families remaining at home.
- Thank God for the work of the Nyumba Kumi volunteers as they teach the community on hygiene, prevention measures and facts on COVID 19.
- Pray for wisdom for government and church leaders as they work together to pass these messages on and encourage congregants to conform to government measures.
- Pray for the Diocese of Nampula as they create a COVID-19 taskforce to pass on correct and life-saving information about the virus and about good health practises.
- Pray for wisdom and sensitivity for the community volunteers (Equipa de Vida) as they take accurate health, hygiene and WASH messaging door to door in their own communities.
- Pray for our partner, the Department of Social Responsibility in the Diocese of Grahamstown, as the project prepares to come to a close on 30 June.
- Thank God for the transformed lives in the project over many years, especially that women have found strength and courage to believe in their own dignity.
- Thank God that dam rehabilitation work is continuing in the Afar region and that there are opportunities to include coronavirus awareness into hygiene and sanitation messages.
- Pray that the virus will not extend to the Afar community as they face an already dire humanitarian situation and thank God that there are currently no recorded cases of the virus amongst the Afar people.
- Pray for the health of people in the self-help groups, as the nation struggles to implement physical distancing measures.
- Pray for our partner, Cathedral Relief Service, as project activities are suspended due the nationwide lockdown.
- Thank God for the relatively small number of cases in the country.
- Pray for our partner, Akhaya, as they have stopped silver-smith training for the time being.
- Pray for Akyaha as they discern whether or not to reopen the workshop at the end of April.
- Pray for members of the CAN DO consortium as they support people with the virus, particularly in isolated villages and islands.
- Pray that health messaging will be disseminated and well received in all countries where messaging is taking place.
- Pray that the message of God’s love for the vulnerable will be received by people of faith even more at this time.
- Thank God for the generosity of our supporters despite the difficult economic conditions that many are facing.
What does prayer have to do with alleviating poverty?
One of the distinctive marks of the Christian faith is the message that the God who made everything wants to have a personal relationship with us. God is both ultimate and intimate. When we look up at the stars on a clear night we can often think like the Psalmist did,