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.
January – March 2019
- The next phase of our work with the Ahli Arab Hospital is being finalised. There will be more of a focus on the rights of women as well as the continuing focus on breast cancer screening. Please pray that funding will be sufficient for the work that needs to be carried out.
- Continue to pray for peace with justice for the Gazan population, which is trapped in a densely populated area with chronic unemployment. Freedom of mobility is severely restricted.
- Pray for children who present at the Spafford Children’s Center with a range of developmental delays including trauma related speech impediments.
- Pray for perseverance for the staff as they run programs for the children who are growing up in an environment of conflict.
- Pray for communities from the island of Ambae as they face continued uncertainty about whether or not they will be able to return to their island.
- Pray for our partner, the Anglican Church of Melanesia, and the work of our other partners through the Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations (CAN DO) as they work for the protection of women, girls and boys, and the enhancement of programs around gender-based violence in communities.
- Pray for the Anglican Church as it seeks to strengthen its financial capacity and internal systems.
- Pray for the progressive roll-out of solar fridges and solar power in health clinics in remote areas. This will help mothers to give birth more safely and for their children to be vaccinated.
- Pray for our partner, the Anglican Church of Kenya, as it establishes community gardens and helps farmers introduce new methods to improve sustainability and productivity, particularly in a changing climate.
- Pray for farmers who are learning about how to increase their income from farming.
- Pray for our partner, the Diocese of Niassa, as it responds to high levels of HIV infection and its associated vulnerability.
- Pray for the teams of volunteers from each community – called Equipas de Vida or Teams of Life – as they take responsibility for community education and action on HIV & AIDS.
- Pray for the Safe Persons Network, a group of dynamic women leaders as they conduct training in human and legal rights, women-centred responses to violence and abuse, and counselling.
- Thank God that, through the work of the Network, vulnerable people are feeling safer and have greater confidence to report sexual assault.
- Pray for our new Strengthening Remote Education project as it seeks to ensure that education remains accessible to and inclusive of children from pastoralist communities in the Afar region.
- Continue to pray for the Afar people as they face prolonged drought in one of the hottest places on the planet.
- Pray for hope for Muslim women living in slum communities in Kolkata, many of whom find it difficult to engage in activities beyond the home.
- Pray for our partner, Cathedral Relief Service, as they educate women in slums about their health and rights.
- Pray for both of our projects as refugee families are trained in micro-entrepreneurial skills as part of their repatriation.
- Many women we work with have come out of situations of domestic violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking. Pray for their healing as they have their lives rebuilt. May they know they are deeply loved.
- Thank God that we have had a productive year and for the continuing generosity of our supporters.
- Thank God for the celebration of 30 years of our organisation. Many people have paved the way for the work we are able to do today.
- Pray for our Ambassadors in churches throughout Australia, as they represent AOA and promote our work, raising both awareness and funds.
- Pray that our Marketing & Communications team will have the creativity to implement a strategy that raises awareness and funds while maintaining AOA’s identity.
- Pray for the continuing response to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Sulawesi in Indonesia in September. Pray for resilience for the people of Palu, Donggala and Sigi districts.
- Pray for the continued work of International Orthodox Christian Charities in Syria as they provide refugee families with practical and psychosocial support in the wake of their ongoing crisis.
- Pray for the continuing response to the ongoing food crisis in East Africa. Pray for the safety of people, especially women and children, as they seek access to food, water and shelter.
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,