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.
October – December 2019
- Please pray for the recently instituted Mind and Body program for women with breast cancer. Pray that the women will have a sense of hope and safety as they share about the psychological effects of living with breast cancer.
- Thank God for the dedication and courage of the workers at the Ahli Arab Hospital as they persevere in very difficult conditions.
- Pray for children in Gaza, as surveys reveal that 50 percent of children express no will to live.
- Pray for children who attend the Spafford Center, that they will feel loved and nurtured by the staff there.
- Pray that the parents and other family members of children attending the centre will be comforted knowing the children are in good care.
- Pray for children who feel unsafe or who are experiencing trauma because of the political context.
- Pray that women and girls in Vanuatu will be protected from sexual and other physical violence.
- Pray for wisdom and guidance for our partner, the Anglican Church of Melanesia, as they work with communities on empowering women and children who have often experienced violence.
- Continue to pray for the people of Ambae as many of them continue to relocate to their island home. Pray that people will be able to settle back into their lives and that children will be safe.
- Continue to pray for the new phase of our work in the Solomon Islands as it aims to create safer and more cohesive communities, especially among women and youth. This work is taking place in the provinces of Makira, Central, Isabel and Malaita.
- Pray for our partner, the Anglican Church of Melanesia, as they adjust to staff changes.
- Thank God that Elizabeth, a woman with disability in Kiawara, has had her life transformed through training to be a paralegal.
- Thank God that Sospeter, a Chief in Symon’s district has seen attitudes in his village improve due to ani-gender-based-violence training.
- Thank God that Chief John in Kiawara has had his role as chief made easier by paralegals encouraging improved behaviour in his village.
- Thank God for the courage and inspiration of Anifa, a 12 year old girl from Chimoio who was caught up in Cyclone Kenneth earlier this year. Give thanks that she was able to encourage her family to not move out of the area so she could stay in school.
- Pray for the ‘Equipa de Vida’ (Teams of Life) as they disseminate basic health messages to communities. Pray for understanding amongst the people receiving the messages and for boldness in the teams giving the messages.
- Pray for people in the Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown as they face one of the most severe droughts for many years. Pray for crops to grow and for rains to come.
- Pray for the work of the Eastern Cape Braille Institute, as they support blind members of the community in advocating for their rights.
- Thank God for the life of Valerie Browning, who has dedicated her life to the Afar people of northern Ethiopia
- Pray that funding will come in for new dams which are desperately needed to increase water storages in the Afar region.
- Pray for our partner, Cathedral Relief Service, as they work with women in slums to bring them out of a life of hardship to a life of dignity.
- Thank God that the project is able to continue to capitalise on the increasing market for candle making in India. It is generating income for housewives who are able to utilise their spare time for secondary income.
- Thank God for Htun Hling, who has given a sense of dignity to many women in Myanmar through his silver smith training.
- Thank God for May Thu Kline, who can now make and sell jewelry locally and internationally after previously being exploited as a sweatshop worker.
- Pray for our CAN DO partners in the Pacific as they work with church leaders on a theology that speaks to their understanding of life in times of disaster.
- Pray for the ACT Alliance as they continue to respond to disasters in different parts of the world. Pray they will have the capacity to respond in ways which are most beneficial.
- Thank God for the consistent, faithful support of many churches as they donate to our work.
- Thank God for the dedication of Denise and Alan Nichols who were recently awarded life membership of AOA.
- Pray for God’s continuing faithfulness in a time of decreased government funding.
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,