We choose to give away ten per cent of all our parish income in order to resource mission at home and overseas. Two thirds of this money is shared between five mission partners selected by the PCC. Information about what our partners are up to and how you can pray for them can be seen below.
People across East Africa are facing starvation. A series of crises have combined to leave more than 18 million people desperately short of food. Praying for such a vast crisis can feel overwhelming, but prayer is powerful and can be part of the solution.
The worst drought in 40 years has led to harvests withering away; the invasion of Ukraine has caused the price of food imports to skyrocket; local conflicts have forced millions of people from their homes; and flash floods have been washing away what little is left.
Pray for people affected by hunger and water shortages
- Pray for provision of nourishing food and clean water for those in need.
- Pray for healing for those who are suffering from malnutrition and hunger. Pray that they will feel God’s love and comfort surrounding them. Pray that there will be no long-term side effects or medical conditions due to hunger.
- Ask God to bring the rainfall that is needed to parts of Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Pray that this will lead to abundant harvests and for water sources to spring up again closer to communities.
Pray for world leaders and politicians
- Pray that food and fuel prices will stabilise, and that provision will be made for countries in a vulnerable position.
- Pray that the UK Government will urgently commit £750 million for humanitarian and development work in the region. Ask God to convict the UK Government to use their influence to persuade other rich countries to commit funding and aid.
- Pray for Tearfund staff as they meet with UK MPs so they can better understand the challenges facing the region, understand what Tearfund and the local church is doing, and the crucial part they can play in alleviating the crisis.
Pray for the church
- Pray for the church in the UK to speak out against the injustice of the hunger crisis and for it to use its influence to persuade the UK Government to take action.
- Pray that God’s power will be revealed through the church across East Africa – that it will bring a message of hope amid the suffering.
- Pray for our local church partners as they respond and pray that the entire church in East Africa will be resourced to serve people who are suffering. Pray for church leaders – who are often struggling with the effects of hunger themselves. Ask God to strengthen and protect them as they live out God’s call to care for people in need.
Pray for vulnerable children and adults
- The crisis has led to an increase in child marriages. In their desperation, parents are marrying off their daughters to wealthier families in the hope that they’ll have a better chance of survival. Pray for protection for these girls. Ask that they will be valued as God’s precious daughters by their communities.
- Pray for a generation of children who are missing out on their education because parents cannot afford their school fees. Others are missing school because they are having to travel to collect water instead or are simply too hungry to attend.
- Pregnant and nursing mothers, people with disabilities and the elderly are especially vulnerable to food shortages. Pray for God’s protection and provision over them.
Pray for peace
- The shortages of resources, including food, is making conflict worse in Ethiopia and leading to renewed conflict in other places. Pray for people’s safety and for peace to reign.
- Pray for an end to the conflict in Ukraine, which is having a huge effect on the price of essential food supplies such as flour and cooking oil.
Updated 18 November 2022
Open Doors helps Christians in over 60 countries, from training leaders to raising awareness about global persecution. You can find out more on their website at opendoorsuk.org
Prayer points from Open Doors:
Five ways to pray for Afghanistan today
• Please pray for the small group of believers in the country. They are walking on eggshells and are uncertain who to trust. Pray that they find strength, wisdom, and supernatural peace in God’s promises.
• Pray for the displaced. A new wave of refugees is expected to come from Afghanistan to many parts of the Middle East and the rest of the world. Pray for God’s protection and provision over them in their journeys.
• Pray for the women. Many women fear that the Taliban rule would mean they would be stripped of opportunities for education. Women involved in education during the past years could also be at risk – pray for their protection.
• Pray for the sick. Though underreported in international media, Covid-19 cases are spiking in the country and hospitals are limited in what they can offer. There is no certainty as to how the healthcare system will be able to sustain itself with the new Taliban government. Pray that the healthcare system will not collapse.
• Pray that the country will not be a haven for extremists. The Taliban government of 20 years ago are known enablers of extremist Islamic organisations. With their newfound control over Afghanistan, the country could be host to a new generation of terror groups.
1. Pray for those who lead
2. Pray that God will bless leaders in Syria and Iraq, and that they will be strengthened and equipped for their vital role.
• Many leaders are targeted by extremists. Pray for their protection
• Pray for rest and healing for leaders burnt out by events around them.
Open Doors partners run leadership training with Christians in the Middle East, particularly focusing on helping leaders with the trauma and stress around them.
2. Pray for those who remained
• Pray for the many elderly Christians who have not been able to leave Syria. Pray that they will still keep connected with their family outside the country
• Praise God that even though many have left, many others have come to Christ for the first time
• Pray for new believers from a Muslim background who are often persecuted by their Muslim family or community.
3. Pray for the widows and the orphans
• Pray for all those who have lost loved ones through war or violence
• Pray for the widows who suddenly find they have to provide for their families.
4. Pray for a safe return
• Pray for safety and security for the Christians who have returned to their homes or who are planning to return
• Pray that the government will be able to increase job opportunities and guarantee security
• Pray that people will be able to buy food and for the churches who currently support many in need.
Dave Maguire – Romania
You can see an interview that we did with Dave in June 2021 here
Dave and his team have been collecting wood and distributing it to needy people. Hotdogs and prayer outreach usually follow each village visit. The team set up a Bible school in March using the local pastor’s input and help.
With the crisis in Ukraine continuing, medical supplies have been bought and a collection area set up with many beds for refugees still crossing the borders. Individual prayer and trauma counselling continue with much prayer for the Holy Spirit to meet their needs. A lot of food and other essentials have been given to refugees at the border.
Local churches continue to arrange outreaches to the poor and needy.
Thank you, Jesus, for life and the honour to serve and see his grace to help the hurting and needy. Thank you all through personal contact and charities contacts with the body of Christ who do many great things that only God can do in and through us all. Keep praying and being available working together for our king JESUS.
Please continue to pray for the work of Embassy and the transformation they are bringing to so many lives.
We are excited to be supporting the work of Embassy, a registered charity based in Manchester who provide incredible support for the homeless. Please follow the link to read their latest newsletter is below:
14th December 2022 – Just received this amazing answer to prayer!
Well, what can I say? You guys prayed faithfully and God answered.
The £80,000 was approved today by the local authority!
We also got a call from a company giving us £35,000. Not a bad day!
On Sunday somebody came to grab me at church with a word from God about asking for bigger. On Monday I asked God for several bigger things than I normally would do. Included was an ask for £100,000 by the end of the week. We’ve had a total of £122,000 given or approved this week so far. God is good. It will allow us to become a registered housing provider and also to buy a house for women in the new year.
Please keep praying for the men we mentioned in the prayer meeting. We’ve had some good progress this week in a group bible session.
The Message Trust and Luis Palau Association have partnered with hundreds of churches across Manchester in the largest mission seen in a generation known as Festival Manchester with social action in the form of ‘Love where you Live’ and evangelism together hand in hand.
All the message bands have been in schools in the week leading up to the weekend of 1-3July where there is The Festival Manchester Weekend in the Park. Please pray for those who have witnessed and responded to the gospel in word and/or deed. Pray for solid committed follow up in local churches and protection of the the seeds sown.
The Message Germany have responded to the Ukrainian refugee crisis and using a hostel have managed to accommodate 130 Ukrainian families. They also provide Kids clubs and creative mission workshops.
No More Knives Tour is touring schools to communicate to young people that there is another way than carrying knives and risking serious injury or death to themselves or others. Speakers with a background in that area partner with local police forces. As they listen to powerful stories of the life-threatening impact knife crime has, as well as music from our bands, stats and presentations, teenagers’ eyes are being opened to the dangers they face, and their attitudes to knives are changing.
Updated 8 July 2022
Gamesley Community Cafe – Cafe Jericho
This has been a difficult year working through Covid lockdown. We have had to limit volunteer numbers. Some of our volunteers were unable to return due to vulnerability of themselves or their loved ones. We closed for the first lockdown then decided to do a takeaway service during the second lockdown until the present.
We have been providing food and a listening ear to all our customers. One gentleman has visited every morning for a chat which has really helped his mental health. We designated a chair as somewhere that people could sit and chat if they were struggling. We have now introduced chairs and tables allowing a smaller number of people to eat in, which has been well received. We have recently restarted groups. We have a Dementia Cafe on Tuesdays in partnership with The Bureau. We have been reaching out to seniors and now have a group meeting each week. Our Chat and Craft will begin again next week.
Sadly, there have been a number of bereavements on Gamesley over the past 12 months. We have provided comfort bags and a listening ear to those who are grieving. Throughout the year we have been praying for people who are sick or who have problems. We have a prayer board in the cafe where people can post requests. We have given out bibles and downloaded bible apps for a number of people. We continue to share our testimonies in one-to-one discussions.
We have also partnered with Hummingbird Hub to help distribute school clothing. We will be having further pop-up events with them. In partnership with Health Visitors, we will be starting a mum and baby post-natal group and we have helped with several vaccination days on the estate providing chairs, drinks and snacks to the staff involved.
We are looking forward to Christmas and opportunities to celebrate the birth of Jesus with everyone. Whilst it has been a challenging year for us, we continue to provide good food and a helping hand to those in need. We have continued to reach out to people with the Love of Jesus. We look forward to the next 12 months to see what God has in store for us and for Cafe Jericho We thank the Lord for His many blessings.
Nick & Donna