Monday, 23 February 2009

Global Poverty Prayer Week

We are taking part in Tearfund's Global Poverty Prayer Week, 23 Feb to 1 Mar. We've turned one of our church halls into a prayer room which will be open for 19 hours this week, and for a youth event on Sat evening.
There are lots of resources and information available from Tearfund.
On day 1 we are invited to pray for those struggling with water and sanitation poverty issues. There are 2.5 billion people sharing this planet with us who do not have access to a toilet. Every day 5,000 children die due to poor sanitation and dirty water.
Pray that our generous, creating God would provide clean water and safe water for all those burdened with water and sanitation poverty.
Please reflect upon these verses:
James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Isaiah 10:1-2 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees,
and the writers who keep writing oppression,
2 to turn aside the needy from justice
and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
that widows may be their spoil,
and that they may make the fatherless their prey!



A very necessary prayer which we all need to back up with action. Hope and pray your initiative is well supported. Not that the total number of people involved is what will matter- but the commitment to pray, even from a few, is important.

Kurt said...

It sounds to me like your church is taking its missional vocation very seriously! I have said a prayer on behalf of your efforts and trust that the Holy Spirit will work mightly in your midst!