Please pray for Torch Trust as they seek to meet the spiritual needs of people with sight loss, supporting them to access Christian resources, sight loss friendly churches and a range of friendship and fellowship events.
M posted a beautiful handwritten note through the letterbox. “Thank you for this Galeed and for everything u were doing for us… I love you everyone. Xxx ” A single mum says, “My daughters love coming to Kids Club. We have no family nearby so Galeed House feels like family. Thank you from my heart and soul!” More please Lord, we pray!
For a small city, Wakefield has a large number of asylum seekers: around 500. As well as being Chair of the Trustees for the local City of Sanctuary, Dick and his wife Flora are keen to see their hosting project take shape. 'Asylum Hosting Wakefield' still awaits charity registration, but there is a growing need to find temporary homes for destitute asylum seekers with local volunteer hosts. Pray this registration goes ahead.
Thank you for praying for Checkpoint. A small group of teenagers now meets online, every month. Looking forward to the summer, give thanks for the many young people who have become Christians and grown in their faith through christian camps. Please pray for those God will bring to us this year.
Give thanks that, this year, an in-person Camp looks possible. We are planning to be near Cromer, Norfolk. With the extra work to ensure we are ‘virus safe’ and the reduction in the Youth Office team, Camp administration is particularly challenging. Pray for wisdom, efficiency and stamina for all involved.
Galeed House turns 21 this year. As we celebrate on April 30th what God has done and move forward in faith, pray that we will see the hand of God’s friendship reach more children, youth and adults with His love and grace.
Our Neighbours Worldwide teams are meeting many Iranians in the cities and towns they work in across the UK and Ireland. Please pray for effective discipling of Iranians: to see them established in their faith and going on to live fruitful lives. Integration of new believers into local churches is an ongoing challenge. Pray for more British Christians to be willing to cross cultures to build relationships with these Iranians who are so open to Christ and to get involved in the discipling process. Pray for our workers to walk in close intimacy with Jesus and to live and minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Mandaean people (also known as Sabeans) are considered a frontier unreached people group, who originated in Iran and Iraq. Their religion draws on Gnosticism and sees John the Baptist as their greatest teacher. (Rather like John's disciples in Acts chapter 19.) Though there are only 1,100 Mandaeans here in the UK; pray that each of those individuals would meet a Christian in their community who can love them well. Pray for points of connection and for Christians to show an interest in their lives and beliefs.
There are believed to be 4,400 Parsees living in the UK, and they are considered a frontier unreached people group. They speak the Parsi language and practise a religion from the ancient Persian Empire. As a people, they are high achieving and will only marry within their people group. The Parsees moved to India following persecution from Muslims and, from there, some of them have moved to Western countries. There are some Bible audio recordings in Parsi, but nothing in print. Pray for God to place Christians in their networks and communities – especially for those who attend university – and that the Holy Spirit would create opportunities for discussion and friendship with those outside their people group.
There are currently 41,000 Tajiks living in the UK. The Tajik people come from Central Asia, their homeland being Tajikistan with large numbers also in Uzbekistan. Many have come to the UK because of the instability and crisis in their home region. Pray for those who have relocated to find peace here: that they will receive the help they need from individuals and organisations. Pray that Christians would not be shy in helping the Tajiks and that churches would have opportunities to welcome people seeking a more stable life here.
CMS pioneer Rachel Cama, doing a BA in pioneer mission leadership, moved to Shrewsbury in September with her husband Alex to start a Christian community house for prison leavers, partnering with charity Yellow Ribbon. Pray for the right men to join the community: people who are motivated to commit to the community and who want to go deeper with Jesus.
There are 47,000 Persian Iranians living in the UK. Their main religion is Islam. Living in the UK is a great opportunity for them to encounter the gospel. Pray that they would come into contact with churches and Christians. Pray, too, for any Persian churches in the UK to grow and reach out to their own people here. Jesus, we ask that you would turn the hearts of Persians towards you! Amen.
There are 27,000 Northern Kurds living in the UK. They speak English, but most will speak Kurmanji in their homes. This people group grapple with issues of integration: how to preserve their culture while also being involved in Western life. Most Kurds are Muslims, though there are several different factions. They have the JESUS film available in their language, so pray that churches would be aware of the need to reach the Kurmanji Kurds in the UK. Pray for spiritual encounters that lead to finding the truth.
There are 354,000 Bengali-speakers living in the UK. Their main religion is Islam, with 1% Christians and 0.13% Evangelicals. Even though there are millions of Christians in the UK, the South Asians speaking the Bengali language remain unreached. Pray for Christians to have wisdom and boldness in witnessing to them. Pray for God to equip churches and provide opportunities. Pray against any fear of different cultures or religions, both for Christians and for these unreached people.
The Berbers are the original North Africans, and the Imazighen Berbers come specifically from Morocco. Most still live in Morocco, but some are in France and 3,200 live in the UK. Though they are mostly Muslims, many of their cultural practices draw on various other traditions. Pray that the 3,200 Imazighen Berbers in the UK will encounter someone who highlights to them their need for Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit will do a work in their lives, showing them that Jesus alone can save them.
There are 34,000 Yemenis living in the UK. Their culture arose from tribes of nomads living in the Arabian Desert, and includes several different classes of people. Many settled here as merchant navy workers over 100 years ago and are strong Muslims. Having Yemeni Arabs in the UK is a great opportunity to make Jesus known, as they otherwise live in the Middle East where being a Christian is perilous. Pray that God would change the hearts of the Yemeni Arab people in the UK: that they would be exposed to Christianity and call upon Jesus.
MissionAssist matches up skilled volunteers to tasks that support mission around the world. Give thanks for 90 new volunteers who have joined us so far this year. Thank God for their willingness to use their time and experience well, and for their vision to see how they can participate in mission without even leaving home. Pray that we would be blessed with administrators, coordinators, project managers and leaders willing to take responsibility for areas of service. Pray also that we would receive more feedback from mission workers, and insight about current services and resources, as well as ideas for additional ways that our remote volunteers may serve world mission from home. https://www.missionassist.org.uk
Prayer would be appreciated as we hold this conference, in person and by Zoom.
One of the seminar speakers will now not be able to attend but will present by Zoom.
Please pray that it would all come together well, be a worthwhile day and that all would stay safe and well.
London is home to Europe’s second-largest Jewish community. With the pandemic & a rising number of anti-Semitic attacks, not many Jewish people are open to talking about spiritual matters - even Jesus. Our experienced missionaries Sarah Chan and Philip Amos, in addition to new missionary Ida Tam, continue to share the gospel with this vast Jewish community in London. Please pray that the Lord will work among this community & that many will come to faith.
Around 34,000 people from this distinct Arab group live in the UK, where they have access to churches and the full Bible in their language, yet remain unreached. Pray that the Lord will call more Christians to share Jesus' love with Moroccan Arabs, so that their lives will be transformed and the good news will spread to their friends and families across northern Africa.
Pray for the WEC Camp Online that will be happening for the youth children (9-17) in the UK from 2nd to 6th August. This year it is virtual again. Please pray for the organisation of this event. Especially pray for God to move in their hearts, and that young people would be impacted with the need for Christians to mission to those who have yet to hear about Jesus.
More details here https://www.weccamps.org/
Please pray for the Christian leaders as they navigate the change in restrictions and seek to care for their people, particularly after a busy year adapting to changes and supporting their people pastorally through a hard season. Pray particularly that they may find opportunities to be refreshed and supported themselves, particularly as they continue to pour out in their ministries, and that those who need more specific support may reach out to those around them and organisations like Living Leadership for one-to-one support.
Please pray for WEC UK as they strategize how best to engage churches in reaching the 'unreached' in our own country. Pray that WEC would be able to communicate effectively and work with local churches so that they can be empowered and encouraged to bless the unreached people groups in their own neighbourhoods. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and direct these plans and to impress the need on people's hearts.
read more here: https://wec-uk.org/stories/neighbours-worldwide
Pray for Betel UK, an independent Christian charity founded by WEC for men, women and families affected by the hardships that lead to social exclusion, especially homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse and long-term unemployment. It is a safe, structured, family-like environment where there is consistent peer-support: during the first few months each resident is assigned a brother-like or sister-like mentor. Pray for more residents at their centres in England and in Scotland. Pray for the Holy Spirit to change peoples' lives. betel.uk
Pray for Neighbours Worldwide, a ministry which aims to reach unreached ethnic groups in the UK and Ireland. Working alongside existing churches, Neighbours Worldwide workers teach English, lead Bible studies, visit families, give out Christian literature and do all they can to share the gospel in a relevant way. wec-uk.org/stories/neighbours-worldwide
Scotland has the worst drug-related death rates in Europe. Pray for Betel which focus on those with addictions. Betel in Scotland would like to open a women's centre, and also another men’s centre as their Motherwell property has limited capacity. Pray for the men currently there, for each one to come to freedom in Christ. www.betel.uk
Pray for the Churches in the UK following a recent Al Massira online training event. Pray for the trainees who are further equipped to bring the Gospel into closed, religious, international communities who seek to know God and hunger for His peace. Pray for the AM Phone App; that it would be available with God’s full provision, and that it would be used by those who live in fear as they pursue truth. Pray this generation in the UK would bring forth the Gospel both now and all generations to come.
Please pray for those who are trafficked and exploited. During the pandemic, Azalea in Luton has reported an increase in violence against the women they work with. They expanded their foodbank offering, created virtual Bible studies, and opened their doors daily as a safe space for vulnerable women. Please pray for the staff at Azalea, and those who need their support. Lifewords worked with Azalea to create Consider the Wildflowers, a Bible resource for women trapped in sexual exploitation. Please pray for anyone who needs it, that the Bible’s life words would be a safe space and help them recover.
The mental health of the nation (and the world) has undoubtedly been rocked by the pandemic. Please pray especially for young people who are missing their friends, being apart from family members, not being able to go to school, some families falling into poverty, and some of the most vulnerable being trapped in dangerous situations. Pray that the Bible’s life words might be a comfort and strength to them, and that communities and organisations can continuing supporting the most vulnerable.
Please pray for cross-cultural outreach happening in England for WEC’s Neighbours Worldwide teams as they seek to get to know people in their community and witness to them. Pray for the various English and ‘Come Follow Me’ discipleship classes happening online. Pray also that Hope City Furniture in Derby have a property enabling them to expand their ministry renovating furniture for homeless or destitute families referred to them across the city. Pray for the renovation of the property, and for fruit from the opportunities this WEC ministry provides to share the gospel.
Christian Unions Ireland exists to give every student in Ireland an opportunity to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2020 been a trying year for many, and student ministry workers in Ireland are not exempt. Nevertheless, God’s faithfulness prevails, and we continue to see lives on campuses across our island being transformed for God’s glory. Please pray for Mission Weeks taking place in most CUs during February/March. Pray that the Lord would move mightily to draw people to Himself and Christian students would be brave in inviting their friends to outreach events. Pray for the ‘Uncover Mark’ seeker Bible studies that students across Ireland are doing with non-Christian friends. Pray against the frustration that comes from not being able to meet as normal, and that students will not get fatigued but keep spreading the gospel and being strengthened in God’s Word. Lastly, give thanks for the kindness, prayers and generosity of CUI supporters. Please continue to pray that our abundant Father would supply what we need financially as CUI to continue in the mission He has called us to.
Galeed House has collected and distributed Christmas Gift boxes for the families with whom we have connection via our Children’s work. Pray that these would be a tangible expression of God’s love and care for them – and a platform for explaining the Gospel in months to come. We are also doorstep visiting all the Muslim women with whom we have contact to take a small gift and Christmas greeting. Pray that these would serve to maintain friendship and connection until we can reopen our doors for activities.
Last year one of WEC’s ArtsRelease teams opened a creative arts studio at a church premises in Leeds. New members joined and the artists took turns to lead each weekly session based on a passage of scripture. They held an exhibition on 2nd May, attended by local dignitaries while WEC’s Resonance Band played music. Since lockdown, the ‘studio’ has continued online, sharing their creations in various mediums. This has given birth to a similar group connecting across Southeast Asia and another in Suffolk. Pray for these artists to be inspired and encouraged, to share their faith effectively through their work.
“What particular concerns do you have around Covid-19?”. Secular charities working in our multicultural area of Sheffield met online to discuss the question. Fear, miscommunication, ignoring the rules, culture trumping Covid guidelines on family gatherings, unawareness due to watching media from the home country only were all cited. Our community worker shared how Galeed House lovingly cares for local children by running Covid-safe craft activities while teaching them how to protect themselves from the virus. People commented on the phrase “lovingly care for” which clearly impressed them. May the love of Christ impact this community in these times.
Pray for the ministry of Christian Unions Ireland (CUI). Pray that God would strengthen the team at CUI to continue reaching their goal: to give every student in Ireland an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel. Praise God for the online evangelistic events that have drawn non-Christian students from across the island to hear the gospel, and the opportunities He has given to students to witness to non-believing family members whilst being quarantined at home. Pray that God would continue this vital work for His Kingdom and glory, so that more students across Ireland would come to know Him as Lord and King.
Women from many nations are overwhelmed by the loving care of Galeed House volunteers in one area of Sheffield, UK. Community activities at Galeed House may be closed at present, but the loving care of our volunteers still reaches out through doorstep visits. And, with Covid-19 guidelines in place, Galeed House doors are starting to reopen. An asylum seeker from Egypt and a man from Yemen were delighted to have an English teacher to themselves as the spiritual meaning of their names was explored. And before the end of the month a Covid-safe craft session will be trialled for children from the Kids Club.
Pray for final-year students who face the disappointment of having no graduation or exams, and now look for jobs in an uncertain climate. Pray that they’re reminded of the sovereignty of the Lord. Pray also for the many students who are young in faith, haven’t yet found a church and have returned to unbelieving homes. Let’s pray that they quickly grow in their love of God and can connect with other believers.
Galeed House volunteers have the privilege of building friendships with adults and children from many nations who have settled in Sheffield, UK. Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Somalian, Eritrean, Slovakian-Roma to name a few. The regulars find some of their social, educational and spiritual needs are being met. For example, one of our volunteers has maintained daily contact by phone with an elderly and lonely widow from Pakistan who is desperately lonely in lockdown. Activities have been severely limited by the Covid-19 pandemic. But some contact is maintained through WhatsApp groups, visiting from the street side, and craft activities and postcards sent to the children. Ask God to keep opening the hearts of those who have experienced the love and truth of Jesus through Galeed House volunteers.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, universities across the UK have been closed and international travel has been restricted. This has led to tough circumstances for international students who have come to UK universities from abroad. Some have become stuck in the UK and many who have lost their part-time employment are unable to fund their studies anymore. Please pray for those who are stranded and vulnerable at this time. Pray that Christians would use innovative ways online to reach out and support these students at this difficult time.
Christian Witness to Israel (CWI) continues to reach out to Jewish people around the world. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and country-wide lockdowns, the Good News is being shared with Jewish people as they ask questions about death, suffering and human mortality. CWI missionaries have been providing answers to these questions by staying in regular touch with their Jewish contacts, most of whom are also in self-isolation, by phone and online. We have been conducting Bible studies and sharing the gospel in conversation, as well as safely distributing food parcels to addicts, the homeless, and Holocaust survivors in Israel. Please pray for all the Jewish people we are reaching out to at this time, asking that many will turn to Jesus as their Saviour.
Thank you very much for praying regarding Geared For Growth's latest title 'Psalms 51-100' in their series of Old Testament Studies. Graham is now working on the final draft and we hope it’ll be published over the next few months. For details about the other study books go here: gearedforgrowth.co.uk/store/c2/Old_Testament.html
A couple of ladies from Olive's church have expressed an interest in doing a Bible study. "Please pray that we can come up with a time that suits us all and that we’ll really enjoy our time together and that we’ll grow in the knowledge of God and his Word."
Hundreds of churches and schools all around the UK used Lifewords’ resources over the Christmas period, with over 150,000 booklets telling the nativity story being given out at services, community events, and in schools. Please pray for all of those people who will have experienced the story, some for the very first time. Thank God that the generosity of Lifewords’ supporters enabled so many people to make a change for life in their communities, and that those churches and schools can continue to reach into their communities this year, by giving and living life words.
In this first term, freshers (first year students) can feel increasingly anxious and unsettled. Many Christian Unions (CUs) are providing a warm welcome for new students within the framework of genuine, deep relationships. CU members have been able to share Christ naturally with their peers and have seen many respond in faith as a result. Pray that many more would keep exploring Christianity after experiencing God’s love and welcome from the CUs’ witness on campus. Also, as Christmas approaches there are increased opportunities to share the gospel as it is a time of year when students are most likely to sing carols or attend festive events, often in a church. Pray that many will attend such festivities and that they hear the gospel message and are convicted to give their lives to Christ.
The Ambassadors’ Genesis Football Program in Whitechapel, London, seeks to reach the lost and marginalised in society with the good news of Jesus, through the medium of football. The group meets every Wednesday for a match and then returns to the church for lunch and a look into the Bible. Many of the men say Genesis has given them a new sense of purpose and something to leave their accommodation for. A lot of the guys coming through our doors have battled with family rejection, addiction and homelessness, leaving Genesis as the only real community they have. We believe God cares about these individuals and football is a great way of building relationships and sharing this good news with them. Please pray for growth and ultimately, salvation.
Many young people around the world are learning English to help them progress their careers and increase their ability to connect in this global culture. One way that UK believers can help is to offer an hour each week to chat online with a small group of international young people to help them improve their English conversation skills. As relationships are built, questions are asked about faith, and many people from countries antagonistic to the gospel hear about Jesus for the first time. Pray for these English Conversation Club leaders, that they will build bridges for the gospel as they build friendships through English practise.
Mental health, especially for the UK’s young people is a concern. Viva’s partner network Doorsteps, based in Oxford, aims to release children and young people from issues such as this so that they can fulfil their God-given potential. One of their programmes is called Find Your Fire which aims to build the confidence, aspiration and resilience of vulnerable young people in east Oxford and runs each week over a nine-month period. Pray for the teenagers who were on last year’s programme and that they will put into practice what they have learned. Pray too for the next cohort of 24 young people; that they would grow into who God created them to be by taking part in this initiative.
London has around 185,000 Jewish people and the most Ultra-Orthodox Jewish people in Europe. This summer, CWI distributed thousands of leaflets to Jewish people. Pray that our UK tours will bless those visited and that Jewish people trust Jesus as their Saviour.
Many students in Christian Unions around the country are serving on Christian summer camps throughout July and August. Pray that they will faithfully pour themselves out for others as Christ did for us and will see lots of young people take steps closer to the Lord as a result. Pray for energy and health as they do this.
Please pray for blind people in the UK who find attending church challenging or even impossible. Many people around the UK would love to share in the fellowship of church community but are put off, or stopped entirely, by various barriers. These could include not being able to read service sheets, feeling left out of activities, or being unable to get there. Torch's Sight Loss Friendly Church campaign aims to help churches make a real difference to this issue, because no one should face sight loss alone.
We thank God for the Mission Weeks throughout UK universities that took place in February. We are thankful that many of these had specific events to reach and answer the questions of international students. Pray during March and April that the internationals who have heard the gospel through these events would respond in their hearts and that sufficient follow-up would be in place from the CUs and local churches.
Pray for the people across the UK who are responding to Torch’s Sight Loss Friendly church project. This project aims to enable people with sight loss to be fully integrated into their church communities, supporting them alongside their churches to achieve accessibility and inclusion on a huge scale. Pray for everyone who has sight loss in the UK; that they might receive the support they need to feel that no aspects of community are out of their reach.
In 2017, 68.5 million people were displaced as a direct result of persecution, conflict or violence. People make treacherous journeys by foot and by sea, with few possessions. They arrive exhausted. Many are traumatised and feel unsafe and they often face resentment and extremist threats. Pray for the victims of human trafficking, who were promised hope and a future. Pray for safety and protection for people making treacherous journeys. Pray for Bible-believing churches and Christian migrants to have opportunities to respond in practical ways with the love and message of Jesus Christ.
In the last month, hundreds of thousands of international students have arrived at UK universities. Though many will be enjoying getting stuck in, there are students who, since arriving in the UK, feel lonely, isolated and lost. One new international student recently wrote to us: “I arrived here on 13th September 2018. Since then I have been trying to make friends, but unfortunately I haven't made one. I don't know where I'm going wrong. I'm feeling very lonely. I have tried making friends in the university but people just talk and carry on, they don't really think me as a friend.” Please pray for the students in your local university, especially for those who are struggling, alone and in need of friendship. Pray that they would see the light of Christ.
It is another new academic year, and this means new students are coming to the UK. International students will be arriving from all over the world to start their studies at UK universities and language schools. This really is a unique opportunity for the UK church to welcome, befriend, and share the gospel with these students, who are only here temporarily. Some of these students will be coming from places where it is very difficult to hear about Jesus. So, their time in the UK could be life-changing. Pray for the international students in your local university. Pray that they would encounter Christians and be invited to church, and ultimately meet the Lord Jesus Christ. Maybe you could help be the answer to this prayer?
For blind and partially sighted people loneliness can be a real issue. People often feel left out, neglected and helpless. In Northern Ireland, Torch Trust has set up a number of Fellowship Groups where people can go and meet others with similar issues and needs. There is also opportunity to talk about the Bible and God, as well as times to pray if people want to. Please pray for volunteers to help keep the groups going and venues, so that people can find friends and fellowship close by.
Many of the UK’s Indian restaurants are run by Bangladeshi Muslims from the eastern region of Sylhet. They are keen to receive the ‘Jesus Film’ which is still probably the only movie in their once forbidden language. Pray that those who receive this film will be open-hearted as they hear the gospel, and pray for those not yet reached, that a copy would fall into their hands and they would be drawn to Christ.
Frontiers' workers who are scientists use their work, witness and words to declare God's glory in the heart of the Muslim world. One of our workers, Steve, puts it like this: "As a marine biologist, I speak with many scientists in the Muslim world. Wary at first, they are often relieved to find that I believe in God. When I further explain that as a disciple of Isa (Jesus), God has asked me to serve and work with them to bring blessing to their people, they often warm to me. This is something they welcome." Use of the sciences to share the hope within us is an underutilised means God can employ to open doors of witness in the Muslim world. Many engaged in science careers in the UK are surprised to hear that their skills, experience and training can be used to obey Christ's Great Commission to make disciples in all ethnic groups. Join us as we pray for the Lord to raise up many more from UK churches who will go to the peoples of the earth with little or no access to the gospel.
Having rejected the religion and traditions of their ancestors, many Jewish people are attracted by the false promises of Eastern mysticism and New Age philosophies. Our outreach to New Age seekers, The Jesus Experience, will be at a large New Age festival in London at the end of May. Please pray that there will be many Jewish people who hear the gospel and respond to it in repentance and faith as they hear about Jesus, the true Light of the World.
The Millside Centre is a community centre in Bradford, West Yorkshire, serving some of the most vulnerable people in that city. It has now been open for one year, and during that time has seen hundreds of people come through the doors, gaining skills, growing in confidence, making friends and establishing community. Run by Christians, the centre serves refugees and asylum seekers, the homeless, people with addictions, victims of domestic abuse and those with mental health problems. Pray for those visiting the Millside Centre today, that they may find the help they need, experience God’s compassion and reach their full potential.
“I invited two Muslim students to my house last weekend. Both are from middle eastern countries where it is hard for them to hear the gospel, let-alone encounter a Christian. Together we watched the Gospel of John DVD occasionally stopping to chat about what we were watching. It was such a blessing and I know the living God is working in both their hearts.” We thank God for people like this stepping out in faith and offering the love of Christ. Please pray for the thousands of students who come to the UK from Muslim-majority countries that during their time here they would meet Christians and that the Holy Spirit would press the truth upon their hearts and lead them into a loving and joyous relationship with the Lord.
Taking teenagers on a short-term trip that forces them to leave their comfort zone can be a great way to give them a real heart for global mission. Dave Hartwell helped lead a team of 14 people to Ethiopia over the summer. Dave said: “We knew the young people would encounter great poverty almost as soon as they left the airport in Addis (Ababa) but we didn’t want this just to be a humanitarian aid project. We wanted to show them as much about mission as possible and to show them that everyone’s greatest need is to hear about Jesus.” Three of the young people are now putting mission at the forefront of their lives as they plan their futures. Pray for more of the UK’s youth to get a heart for mission and for lasting fruit from short-term trips.
The United Kingdom is blessed to receive hundreds of thousands of international students every year. Students come from all over the world, many from countries where it is very hard for them to hear the gospel. There’s an amazing opportunity for them to meet Christians while in the UK, attend church and hear about Jesus. One couple said: “My wife and I live near the local university and through a few friends at the Christian Union we have been taking international students to our church. Last Sunday we took two Chinese students, neither of which had been to church before, a student from the Czech Republic, who is an atheist, a student from Cyprus who is Greek Orthodox and a student from Japan who is a Christian!” Pray that Christians all over the UK would seize these sorts of opportunities. Pray that the students they encounter would be open to hear and respond to the Good News.
UK universities are once again full of international students who have come here from all over the world. Many of these students come from countries where it is not possible to hear about Jesus – so their short time studying here may be their best chance of encountering a Christian or hearing about Jesus. Please pray for the international students in your local area in the UK. Pray that these students would meet Christians, be invited to church, hear the Truth presented and ultimately come to know who Jesus really is and what He has done for them. (Friends International)
Manchester is a large multicultural city in the UK. The tragic terror attack at a concert in May by a radical Muslim, shocked and upset the nation. But on the ground, followers of Jesus have quietly continued their ministry of compassion to all their neighbours. Our ministry team in Manchester are intentionally meeting the social and spiritual needs of Arabic-speaking Muslims who arrive on their doorstep, many from conflict zones. Some are starting to notice the love of Christ shining through. Please pray for the Muslims being reached in Manchester to powerfully hear the good news of the kingdom, seeing Jesus’ love spoken through powerful acts of kindness that overcome the barriers of language and culture.
During the summer many thousands of individuals come from all over the world to study English at UK language schools. The British Council estimates 400,000 students study English at language schools throughout any given year, many of whom come in the summer months. Please pray for these students, who may have a first encounter with a church or a Christian. Pray for the Friends International Summer Teams, who will be operating in eight different cities, to befriend and witness to these students. Pray that these students would encounter Christ and the truth would be revealed to them. (Friends International)
The non-Christian Welsh community use the phrase Iaith y Nefoedd as a joke. Roughly translated it means ‘everyone will speak Welsh in heaven’. It celebrates the Welsh language, while remembering its Christian history. There aren't many mission organisations reaching people through the Welsh language. That said people are coming to faith and getting baptised. There is a need for people to serve the Welsh community and for prayer support. Pray that many Welsh speakers will be found in heaven.
Agapé recently celebrated 50 years of ministry in the UK. Over that period many resources have been developed in the crucible of talking with non-Christians about faith in Jesus. One such resource is called Soularium designed to connect with the highly visual culture of young people raised on social media. It contains a collection of 50 photos, and the images are accompanied by questions like, “Which image best describes how you want your life to be?’” or ‘”Which image best describes your view of God?’” Pray that God will continue to use this evangelistic tool to help people explore their preconceptions of the bigger issues in life and help them on their journey to personal faith in Jesus.
There are over 430,000 international students in UK universities. These students come from all over the world and present a real gospel opportunity for UK churches. With Easter just around the corner this can be a key moment for these students to hear the eternal truth of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Many of these students will have come from countries where it is not possible to hear the gospel preached openly. Their short time in the UK may be the best opportunity they have. Pray that Easter this year would be a time of revelation for many international students and that their eyes would be opened to who Jesus really is.
In Europe there is a huge amount of humanitarian aid but very little gospel outreach. Yet there are many opportunities to take the gospel to those who have never heard it in emerging migrant communities. In Italy, most migrants are African, but there is great gospel need. There is enormous potential for sports ministries, teaching and practical training. In Athens also, there is a huge need for Arabic speakers to connect with migrants; however the Greek Evangelical Church is small and under-funded, existing in a climate with a total ban on evangelism in official centres. The only way to reach people in these communities is through unofficial ministries and programmes. Pray that many migrants may hear the gospel in Europe while we have this open door of opportunity like never before. Pray for the budding Christian ministries that are joining together to help bring Christ to refugees. May the Western Church also be open to the evangelisation and blessing Christian migrants bring.
Journalists are often told to ‘leave their faith at the door of the office’ in Britain – which can mean that world events are reported without religious awareness. Pray that people will have their eyes opened and for liiberty to speak deeper truth.
Please pray for people living with sight loss across the UK, particularly those who feel alone, left out, or no longer able to take part in things they used to enjoy. Pray that the network of support for people in these situations will continue to grow wider and stronger, reaching more and more people. Often what people need most is companionship, friendship and adequate provision of tools that will enable them to participate fully in all areas of life. Pray that through such friendships and partnerships people will discover Christian faith and lead fulfilling Christian lives.
Pray for ongoing fruit after the Forum conference, that those who have been equipped will continue their ministries with boldness, strength, and wisdom to the student community.
People with visual impairment are four times more likely to experience difficulties with access outside the home, a third more likely to face restrictions with going on holiday, and twice as likely to be unemployed and face economic hardship. Unsupported, a diagnosis of sight loss can mean isolation and loneliness. Pray for services around the UK, such as Torch’s accessible Holiday and Retreat Centre in Sussex, offering fellowship and pastoral care through residential short breaks and holidays for people at any stage of the sight loss journey.
Each day across Britain, 100 people learn that they are losing their sight. It is not unusual for people to experience loss of sight as something like a bereavement. Diminishing sight can make it hard to get out and about. Loneliness and depression are a real risk. In response to this large and growing need Torch Trust has launched Journeying With, a distinctively Christian befriending service which brings Christian volunteers alongside people who are struggling with sight loss. Torch is currently in the process of setting up more local schemes across the nation and prayer for this service would be greatly appreciated.
Torch Trust provides accessible Christian literature to people with sight loss via its free postal lending library and large catalogue of books for purchase. Torch is continually seeking to broaden its available catalogue and is working with Christian publishers and bookshops to achieve this. Please pray for these partnerships that they may flourish and serve those who need them. Pray for the readers for whom reading material can be a true lifeline and a link to the world outside.
Word Alive is a Christian holiday week away in North Wales. Word Alive features a dedicated series of seminars just for international students - which helps explain and explore the Christian faith. Hundreds of internationals go to Word Alive every year and it is always an enjoyable and fun week away! During the weeks and months after Word Alive, international students will face challenges of living out their faith especially often when they return home. Pray that what they have learnt would not be lost and that they can build on their spiritual growth. Pray for those especially that will become Christians as a result of attending Word Alive. Pray that young faith would be protected.
Please pray for our students this Easter break as many have joined with mission organisations around the world in order to serve alongside the Church in local community based projects.
As part of the training here at All Nations, students are encouraged to go on Block Placements so that they can apply what they have learnt in the classroom to real life, cross-cultural situations. Students join in with various forms of cross-cultural ministry that can be challenging as well as fruitful.
- That students will experience God's peace and protection as they travel.
- That they will have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt so far.
- That great lasting relationships will be established and that people will come to know Christ through All Nations students.
- That students will grow through their Block Placement experience and arrive home safely, feeling invigorated for the summer term.
- That their experiences will shape their future ministries as they seek God's calling upon their lives
The government estimates that over 2 million Muslim women in the UK do not have the ability to speak, read, or write English. This can prevent them from integrating, remaining isolated and under the control of male relatives. David Cameron goes so far as to assert that this can contribute to radicalisation. In addition, thousands of refugees shall be arriving without enough English to fill out forms and read labels, let alone build relationships. Please pray that many ordinary believers will get qualified to teach English through courses like TESOL, in order that they may provide a much needed service whilst building lasting friendships. But even more, pray that Muslim women and refugees would be positively integrated to life in the UK.
Over the Easter period many international students in the UK will be invited to Easter events including re-enactments, Good Friday services and Easter Sunday sunrise celebrations. We pray that many would take up these invitations and that they would see the event as more than just a cultural experience. May they come to know the true and eternal significance of Easter and what Jesus has done. May they realise that Jesus did it for them and that this truth would be made evident throughout the Easter events. We also pray for that local Christians would be faithful in inviting students and showing hospitality.
Over the Christmas break many international students in the UK will not be able to return home. They can often experience loneliness and isolation, especially if they are one of the only students left on campus. Pray that friendships with local Christians would mean that these students would not have to face Christmas alone, but will know the warmth and welcome of friends. Pray also, that over this time they would come to see what Christmas really means and who Jesus really is.
For the first time since 1975, doctors are lining up to strike in response to government changes in the NHS. “We need to respond compassionately to our colleagues who may well be in turmoil about their futures. We have a tremendous opportunity to speak of the security we have in Christ, that even when all is stripped away we can still be supremely satisfied in Jesus.” Pray for Christian doctors throughout the UK to display Christ at this tumultuous time.
As the Christian Unions begin a busy term of outreach events and all of the evangelistic opportunities that Christmas brings, please pray that the Lord’s hand will be over all that they do and that through the Christian Unions, many would hear the good news of the gospel. Pray for students to be bold and courageous as they speak words of truth into the lives of their friends and coursemates. Pray too for the staff workers who support and encourage them.
Torch Trust provides accessible Bibles and Bible-related literature in a range of formats such as braille, audio and giant print. Pray for the people receiving this literature, pray that it may help enable them to pursue active, independent Christian lives.
During September hundreds of thousands of international students will come to the UK to start studying at language schools and universities. Many of these students will come from backgrounds where it is almost impossible for them to hear about the good news of Jesus. Please pray that while these students spend months and often years in the UK they would meet and be befriended by Christians who can introduce them to the Good News. Pray that they would return home as a child of God and with the desire to love the world.
Pamela Sikahall is a Guatemalan working with Latin Link in Norwich, serving among the large student population there. She says: “I have started a home group for international students every Thursday. We have been meeting for seven weeks. We have at least six nationalities represented and most are not Christians. It has been special to build friendships and get to know them. Pray for friendships based on God’s love, for salvation and commitment, and that these young people come to know Jesus.”
People with visual impairment are four times more likely to experience difficulties with access outside the home, a third more likely to face restrictions with going on holiday, and twice as likely to be unemployed and face economic hardship. Unsupported, a diagnosis of sight loss can mean isolation and loneliness. Pray for services around the UK, such as Torch’s accessible Holiday and Retreat Centre in Sussex, offering fellowship and pastoral care through residential short breaks and holidays for people at any stage of the sight loss journey.
A diagnosis of sight loss can mean isolation and loneliness. Positive feedback from the Torch Journeying With initiative piloted in Northern Ireland suggests that people losing their sight find a trained volunteer befriender is – quite literally – a Godsend. The befriending service will now be rolled out around the UK. Following training, a befriender gets alongside someone newly diagnosed for up to six months. He or she helps as someone deals with the emotional, social and physical impact of sight loss on their everyday life, supporting them as they make adjustments.
There are a number of radio stations in the UK serving the Asian community but very few of these ever broadcast programmes with a Christian flavour. One group of radio producers in Yorkshire are trying to reverse this trend by producing creative programmes in Urdu and Hindi covering major Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter. Pray for Whistling Frog Productions and their on-going campaign to bring the name of Jesus onto local Asian commercial radio stations and for listeners to respond to his life-changing message.
Eleven million people in the UK have a life-limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability – that’s one in six of the population, and the number is rising. Society often pushes disabled people to the margins - but are they any better represented in our church congregations? Disability Sunday – this year on 6th July or any convenient Sunday following – is an annual opportunity for churches to consider how they reach out and involve people with disabilities. A free resource pack is available from Churches for All, a network of Christian disability organisations.
Caleb came from Cameroon to study in the UK. He came as a Christian, and while in the UK had the opportunity to be discipled and taught Bible handling skills. He then returned home a strong and confident believer, and even started a teaching class for his church. Thousands of international students arrive in the UK each year, some come from countries where it is not possible to speak openly about Jesus and others from countries where the church does not have strong Biblical teaching. Pray that these international students would encounter God in the UK. Pray that those who arrive as Christians would be equipped and encouraged, like Caleb was, so that they may return home and have a positive impact for Christ.
God is doing a new work in an English city where 25% of the population of this city are Muslims, with immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and North Africa. A small group of Christians who are committed to reach their Muslim friends with the gospel is regularly meeting to encourage each other, worship and pray together. Please pray for fresh vision to reach Muslims in the UK - for new strategies and resources and for more believers with a heart to reach them.
Hundreds of thousands of students come to UK universities from all over the world. During February many Christian Unions ran weeks of events and talks that offered opportunities for international students to hear the gospel for the first time. Pray for the students that took the opportunity to find out about Jesus, that God would open the eyes of their hearts to the truth of what they heard. Pray too for effective follow up and for new Christians to be discipled and connected to churches.
Loneliness is as harmful to your health as 15 cigarettes a day. And 800,000 people in England say they feel lonely most or all of the time. These statistics, reported by the Campaign to End Loneliness, have added poignancy for organisations working with blind and partially sighted people such as Torch Trust. People with sight loss are more likely than sighted people to live alone. Pray for new and ongoing initiatives aimed at countering the isolating effects of sight loss.
Whilst the BBC continues to produce religious programmes both nationally and locally, the world of commercial radio has almost completely turned its back on such programmes. In the past, these stations had to broadcast religious programmes by law, but since that law was abandoned in the 90s many of the 340-plus commercial stations keep well away from anything to do with Jesus. One group of radio producers in Yorkshire are trying to reverse this trend by placing creative and entertaining Christian programmes on commercial stations. Pray for Whistling Frog Productions and their on-going attempt to bring the name of Jesus back onto the mainstream airwaves.
A small team of trained ‘befrienders’ has begun meeting one-to-one with people in the Southern Trust area of Northern Ireland who have recently been diagnosed with sight loss. This pilot project aims to support people through the difficult or even traumatic stages of early sight loss, helping them resource all they need to lead a fulfilling life and to connect to others, avoiding the social isolation so prevalent among blind and partially sighted people. Pray for this Journeying With project which will be rolled out in the UK from 2014.
The news that seven members of a prolific undercover sex-grooming ring have been convicted of abusing six girls aged between 11 and 15 in Oxford, over an eight-year period, has left many with a sense of shock. The details of the girls’ ordeal, made public after the trial at the Old Bailey, makes difficult and disturbing reading. There were sustained acts of physical and sexual violence, drug-taking, and one of the girls was forced to have an illegal back-room abortion aged just 12 years old. Girls were trafficked into prostitution to other parts of the UK. Pray for police forces in the UK and around the world as they work to free those caught in human trafficking operations.
There are an estimated 3.5 million children living in poverty in the United Kingdom - more than one in four children in the country. Sadly, with the current economic problems, there are fears that this number will increase unless something is done. Pray for children and families living in poverty, that they will be able to find strength and comfort in God, as well as have enough for basic needs. Pray that the parents will not take out their frustrations on the children as they look for opportunities to provide a more stable situation at home. Pray for wisdom for the government and that they will consider the likely impact on children when making decisions. Finally, pray for Christian organisations and churches to be effective in helping and supporting those in need.
A new shelter set up by a mission partner has helped keep 17 homeless and hungry asylum seekers off the streets this winter in Glasgow. They were able to take in asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Libya, Zimbabwe, Palestine, Uganda and Tanzania. Pray as they follow up with them and show Christ’s love, and for F, an asylum seeker from the Middle East who recently decided to follow Jesus after attending Bible studies.
With almost 100,000 international students in higher education, London is clearly a highly favoured destination for prospective international students. This is an amazing position for London to be in but there is a deep need for churches to be active in engaging this people group. Please pray that there would be unity and an increased urgency amongst churches to reach out to international students. Pray also for the students that they may encounter Christians and hear the gospel in their short time here, especially as many come from countries that are closed to the gospel.
Prayer is needed for Christian international students who have returned to their home countries having studied in the UK. Many students return to cultures with intense work ethics and long working hours, for example China, and face huge pressures in balancing work and life. Some of these former students who get a job in their home country are torn between glorifying God in and through their work so as to be a witness to their colleagues, and church ministries; when reality hits home the sense of failure in juggling it all is acute. Please pray that Christians in this situation will withstand these pressures in God’s strength.
Surprisingly, scriptural literacy is often lacking amongst Orthodox Jewish communities. Please pray that those living in Orthodox areas of London who have recently received offers of the Bible in a number of languages, including Hebrew, on CD will request copies of the disks and that the entrance of God’s word into their lives might bring true light. Please also pray for success in upcoming opportunities and outreaches that are taking place over the summer months to Orthodox communities and individuals across England and Wales.
With an ageing population, it’s becoming increasingly common that people are receiving a diagnosis of sight loss at their GP surgery or local eye clinic. Many of these people receive this devastating news without support or counselling of any kind and frequently return to an empty house to grieve. Although sight loss is akin to bereavement in its effects, the care offered is often minimal. Pray for Torch Trust, traditionally known for its services to long-term blind people, which is now developing new strategies to meet people at their point of greatest need, as they begin their sight loss journey.
Hundreds of years of persecution and perceived anti-Semitism within Christianity has resulted in the development of a deep distrust of Christians within Jewish communities the world over. Christian work to build relationships with Jewish people, as well as to share the gospel, can present a variety of challenges. These difficulties are particularly felt by Jewish believers in Christ, who are often opposed or rejected by their own communities or families. Please pray for the bridges being built by Christian workers (both Jewish and non-Jewish) with Jewish communities in London and across the UK.
As the new academic year begins, tens of thousands of international students will begin their studies at universities across the UK. Friends International runs a meet and greet scheme at Heathrow Airport to welcome students from all over the world and assist them on the next part of their journey. As a result of this early contact, many students look up Friends International when they arrive at their university and get involved in the local activities. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open the hearts and minds of these students.
Population: 65,648,000 (2016)
Official languages: English
GDP (PPP) per capita: $42,514 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 80 years
Religions: 43% Protestant, 41% Agnostic or Atheist, 9% Catholic, 3% Muslim, 1% Hindu, 1% Eastern Orthodox, 2% other religions