Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
This prayer bulletin comes at a particularly difficult time after the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced another national lockdown in England on Monday night, and Nicola Sturgeon also announced one in Scotland. These periods of lockdown have differing effects on those facing hardship and those already in poverty. Please do pray for those affected, and those who will be seeking our help at this difficult time.
As we begin the year we're also very thankful for God's provision in 2020. Jenny, our Executive Director, has written a reflection on last year, which was a very different year for us as a charity: https://acts435.org.uk/blog/2020-a-year-like-none-other.html
As well as last year's provision, we're also thankful to God for:
- Our donors who gave an astonishing £88,785 during our Christmas campaign, which also helped 723 individuals and families needing help, and hope, during the Christmas period.
- New Year's Day when we saw donors clear all the current requests for help on our website, which enabled our systems to be clear in time for the new year and this current lockdown.
- A connection made with Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London, as they seek to help ex-offenders.
- The exciting possibilities of a new year, with a team of five head office staff!
- The 737 individuals and families who have been helped by Acts 435 Advocates and donors with £91,175 distributed in December - we're so thankful for the generosity, especially at this time.
Please pray for:
- God to open doors with churches in more deprived areas of the UK. It is likely that churches in these areas are feeling overwhelmed with the need for help, and Acts 435 could be the ideal resource for them. Please pray that the Holy Spirit prompts them to explore the help available, and that they will realise how easy it is to get on board with us.
- Our Advocates, especially during this current lockdown. Please pray for protection, and the ability to continue to help those who need it most at this time.
- Our Head Office Team during this lockdown season, and especially the members of our team who now have children at home. Please also pray for Katie, who has just taken on the new role of Partnerships Director, and now has her children at home; please pray that she is still able to fulfil her ambitions in this role.
- More connections with church networks, and denominations, throughout the UK, as Katie explores these in her new role.
- A joint webinar with Welcome Churches on the 26th January, as we look to help more refugees and asylum seekers through their network of churches.
- A meeting on the 27th January with many Christian charity leaders as we seek to unify to help those in need - this is called the Unity Movement.
- New partners in Wales, where we currently only have three partners. Pray for us to find ways of being able to make contact with churches throughout the country, and that 2021 is the year we can see larger coverage.
- Donors to continue to meet the needs that are posted onto our website. But also please pray for new donors to find out about our work, and get on board with this direct way of giving.
- The family and friends of one of our Advocates, from London, who sadly passed away on Christmas Day from Covid-19 whilst being treated for cancer.