Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
It seems unbelievable that it was a year ago we had the first murmurings of Covid-19, and we were unsuspecting of what would happen over the next twelve months. Over the last year there have been many challenges for everyone whatever their circumstances. This month we would like to focus on those who have found themselves in hard financial situations because of the pandemic, and especially those who are still yet to reach out for help.
Over the last twelve months requests for help and donation activity has doubled, meaning that we have been able to help more people than ever before. Many of those seeking our help have been impacted by the pandemic, whether that is a loss in income, or new circumstances such as home schooling and isolation. Please do lift up those in prayer who are continuing, a year on, to to be impacted by these needs, and especially prayer for those who have had to reduce, or have lost, their income. Please pray that they will seek out any help that they need, and for perseverance and peace in every situation.
There is much happening as we seek to help those in need. But, firstly we're thankful for:
- An increase in connections with other organisations, such as the Together Network who are a network of churches within Anglican Dioceses throughout England.
- Our local Advocates who are going above and beyond to reach out to those in need at the moment. Please pray for their continued health and energy in all that they do.
- Our Board of Trustees who play an active role in what we do, and who freely give their time to support us as a charity.
- Ongoing invitations to share our work, including a radio interview on BBC Oxford - a region where we have few partner churches/charities.
- The 629 individuals and families who have been helped by Acts 435 Advocates and donors with £72,970 distributed in February - we're so thankful for the generosity, especially at this time.
Please Pray For:
- An invitation for Katie to join initial conversations about an Urban Outreach Alliance in discussion with the Bishop of Blackburn, which is also an answer to last month's prayer point asking for more interest from churches in Lancashire (where there is a lot of deprivation).
- A connection with a new charity in Devon called Growing Rural Churches - we pray that we can provide a much-needed resource to smaller rural churches there.
- Our first ever Virtual Coffee Morning, on Monday 15th March, which will enable churches and charities to hear how they can partner with us.
- Our Regional Advocate Gatherings happening during the spring. It will be a fantastic opportunity for our Advocates to gather together in smaller groups, and share knowledge of the regions they're serving in.