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 2018
- There is a potential funding shortfall facing the Ahli Arab Hospital. This is because several governments have reduced funding to UNRWA, the UN agency that looks after Palestinian refugees. UNRWA in turn contract health services to hospitals in Gaza, including our partner the Ahli Arab Hospital.
- 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 the staff who are discouraged by the restrictions placed on nearby Palestinian communities.
- Pray for the relocation of communities from the island of Ambae which has now been declared uninhabitable by the government due to ongoing volcanic activity.
- Pray for our partner, the Anglican Church of Melanesia as it does all it can to accommodate and support the evacuees.
- 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 becomes more directly involved in programs designed to combat gender-based violence.
- Pray for our work with semi-nomadic pastoralist communities as birthing facilities are put in place that are culturally appropriate.
- Pray for our partner, the Diocese of Niassa, as it splits into two due to rapid growth. Pray that the administrative and management work of the diocese will proceed smoothly and accountably.
- Pray for the work being done in establishing some non-traditional food crops in communities, including orange-fleshed sweet potatoes.
- Pray for our partner, the Department of Social Responsibility of the Diocese of Grahamstown, as it seeks to find new external partners to help underwrite the financial cost of its programs for the years ahead.
- Pray for Executive Director, Mr Tony Schnell, as he leads the organisation and guides its strategy.
- Pray for our partner, the Afar Pastoralist Development Association, as it manages the demands of a portfolio of international donors with different reporting requirements.
- Pray for its work in helping communities to overcome the effects of drought and introduce water conservation techniques.
- Pray for the work of our partner, Cathedral Relief Service (CRS), as it seeks to engage with Muslim women living in slum communities, many of whom find it difficult to engage in activities beyond the home.
- Pray for the work of CRS in seeking to provide community-based support groups for women, including support to facilitate the education of children of sex workers.
- Pray for the ongoing success of our savings groups, and economic development projects allied to this.
- Pray for Cynthia from the Mother’s Union who has a pivotal role in the oversight and further development of this program.
- Pray that we, in the AOA office, would be good stewards of scarce resources, and that God would continue to provide for our financial needs.
- Pray that God would inspire our Board as they govern our organisation and set the strategic direction.
- Pray that our staff would be strengthened in their respective roles and responsibilities, and would be safe when travelling.
- Pray that our Programs team would design programs with our partners that achieve the best long-term impact.
- Pray for the recovery and response to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Sulawesi in Indonesia in early October. Pray that people affected will receive health services and food and supplies.
- Pray for the work of International Orthodox Christian Charities in Syria as they respond to the refugee crisis by providing families with practical and psychosocial support.
- Pray for the continuing response to the ongoing food crisis in East Africa. Pray for the safety of people and that they will be able to gain access to food, water and shelter.
- Pray for the people affected by flooding in the Indian state of Kerala. Pray they will be kept safe from disease as they recover and resettle.
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,