Kidcare International Prayer Letter
Ephesians 6:18 ‘...praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints’
Dear Brothers and sisters, Happy New Year. On behalf of the children and families our prayers touch, Kidcare would like to thank you for all your prayer support. This season, we continue to pray for Syria and South Sudan, for vulnerable girls and children who are exploited. This bulletin will also focus on the works of Kidcare in UK, Uganda, Pakistan and Ghana. Susie Djan Kidcare International WORLD PRAYER *Please Pray for the suffering of all refugees and especially those from the Syrian conflict, where children are going barefoot in the middle of blizzards, hunger, lack of housing, clothing and medical care. *Thank God for all those assisting in Aid Agencies to help suffering children and families in Syria. Pray for those Christian agencies that God’s love and compassion will be seen and many will be saved. *Please Pray. As well as being caught up in the brutal civil conflict, Christians in Syria are at risk of attack by jihadist rebels who aim to create an Islamist state. Islamists, many of who are foreign, are now largely driving the revolution. Pray that a greater understanding of the character of the opposition will come to light, and that Western leaders will have the wisdom from God to know how to deal with this conflict in Syria so that Christians in Syria will be protected. * Please Pray for children and families in South Sudan. After a decades-‐long, brutal civil war ended with South Sudan separating from Sudan in July 2011, South Sudan is embroiled in a new, bitter conflict with rebels under former Vice President Riek Machar accused of an attempted coup against President Salva Kiir. Since fighting broke out mid-‐December in the world’s newest country, an estimated 1,000 people have been killed and nearly 200,000 have been displaced from their homes. More than 22,000 have moved as refugees to neighboring countries, while the rest of those displaced have fled for safety to other areas inside South Sudan, with about 62,000 camped in U.N. compounds. Peace talks that began Jan. 3, have not yet seen significant progress Please Pray for children’s health and welfare. Many children and families are not in refugee centres and can not be reached by food or clean water distributions, and families have no assurance of safety. Many reports confirm that people are hiding in the bush. Today, malnutrition still challenges the youngest lives, keeping millions from reaching their fifth birthday. U.N. and humanitarian groups’ staffs are rushing to vaccinate children against
diseases like measles and typhoid and to provide food resources in compounds. Those living outside face uncertain conditions. *Please Pray for hostilities to be settled in Syria and South Sudan *Pray for aid workers in Syria and South Sudan The conflict has made life difficult for aid workers and their families. Helping people amid insecurity presents daunting physical, mental, and spiritual challenges. *Pray for the safety of unborn and infant girls. The dangers girls face begin before they are even born. In some cultures, a preference for sons puts pressure on women to terminate pregnancies if they are pregnant with girls. Those who do survive until birth may be neglected, abandoned, or even killed. Seen as less valuable than boys, girls are less likely to be sent to school and may be the last to receive food or medical care. Ask God to protect these young girls from those who fail to see their true value. * Pray for the safety of girls as they go to school. The journey to and from school can be risky for females — especially those in rural areas where children walk long distances to school. Even older girls often must leave their rural communities to pursue higher education, making them vulnerable to attack in a more urban setting. Pray that the Lord will honour the desire of these girls’ hearts to become educated and provide them with safe passage to and from school. *Pray for girls who are forced into early marriage. Poverty and tradition in many developing countries result in girls becoming wives and mothers long before they are physically and emotionally ready. In Bangladesh, more than half of girls are married before the age of 15, often to much older men. Girls who marry early are much more likely to drop out of school. Since their bodies are not yet mature, the risk of complications — including death in childbirth — is higher for them than for adult women. They also have a higher risk of giving birth to an underweight or stillborn child. Ask God to touch these precious girls who are forced into early marriage and give their parents the resources they need to resist offering their daughters to older men. *Please Pray for the children as young as 8 years old sold into the slavery of forced marriage in Europe. Pray also for the worldwide crowds of children and the many women trafficked against their will for perverted sexual desires. *Please Pray Let us pray for the protection of young people in the UK who feel marginalized and worthless, seeking to find their identity in the crime of extremist groups. *Thank God for so many people now working to rescue these victims, and, once rescued, helping them to heal and recover. KIDCARE UK *Thank God for another successful year of Kidcare International making a difference in the lives of many around the world. Thank the Lord for His provision in miraculous ways to help the poor. *Thank God for all the previous successful fundraising events in 2013. Namely, the Easter Concert – He is Risen; the Black Tie event held in Croydon Park Hotel in June which raised over £6000 pounds! Thank God for the Kidcare 5K Run held in the summer; football tournament etc., barbecue, tuck shop selling all of which raised funds for Kidcare this year and has been a
blessing to many in other parts of the world. *Thank God for the ‘Celebrating Christ the King’ concert on the 7th of December 2013. Moneys were raised in this concert for Kidcare. It was very successful and by Gods grace we managed to raise up to date £1250. *Thank God for the enthusiasm of young people in True Vine Church and all sponsors and benefactors who have supported these events and Kidcare generally with their presence, giving and help. *Thank God for our fundraisers, for our charity Trustees, for their leadership support, advice and oversight of Kidcare and for all who volunteer and who assist in the Kidcare office. Pray the Lord blesses them and makes provision for them in areas of their own needs. *Please Pray for new initiatives this year to raise Kidcare’s publicity and sponsorship in churches, schools, businesses and invisible funders across the UK. Pray that the Lord will open doors for these groups to be a blessing to Kidcare and that more people will come and support this cause. *Thank God for the Kidcare film that is being made. Pray that this film will touch people and will open doors in more ways than one. *Please Pray for our Kidcare Social Enterprise Project, which we would want to establish in 2014 in the UK by the grace of God. Pray the Lord enables us get a building and bring all the necessary resources and manpower together. Pray that the Lord opens up the vision and direction of this work more clearly in 2014. *Please Pray for Kidcare Family’s Conference that will be hosted on February 8th 2014. Pray that many will attend and that it will strengthen families and be a huge blessing to all who attend. *Please pray for the +Zone children’s program as children are mentored to study and memorise scriptures. Please pray that the children will have the Grace of God to do this, parents will be supportive. Pray for financial resources for this ministry. For the +Zone Assistants and leaders that the Lord will bless them as they mentor children.
‘This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.’ Psalm 34:6 UGANDA *Thank God for the successful mission trip to Uganda with a team of 7 – namely Susie, Ray Jr., Cheryl, Shanna, Greg, Akua and Miles and for the provision of travel and living expenses for all in the team. May God bless them and all who supported them. *Thank God Kidcare organised a successful youth camp, with over 80 young people. The Word of the Lord was proclaimed; all the members of the Mission team ministered powerfully, in bible group discussions, prayer and in games. *Please Pray for the students of S4 (which is equivalent to GCSE) and S6 (equivalent to A level) and primary school leavers who have taken their end of year exams and are awaiting their result. Pray that they will have good results and God will open new schools to them. Pray that all groups will do exceptionally well in their exams by the grace of God.
*Please Pray with us for funding to continue to meet all the needs of poor sponsored children. Generally, all school fees and school requirements have increased in prices due to the high inflation in Uganda. Please also pray for God’s provision for the cost of all those who are moving to secondary school, higher education or university, in regards to the costs for schooling, uniforms, new books and increased fees etc. *Please Pray for all schools supported by Kidcare in Uganda and the Kidcare children’s home in Uganda. GHANA *Please Pray for Madame Amegashie and Joshua Nyamekye of the Ghana Kidcare children’s home. Pray that the Lord’s grace and provision will be with them. ‘Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 PAKISTAN
Thank God for the success in the exams for the Kidcare sponsored children in Pakistan *Please Pray That the sponsorship program in India and Pakistan will continually run smoothly by the grace of God *Please Pray for many people to receive Christ in the midst of persecution in Pakistan. *Please Pray for protection upon all Pastors and believers, especially the new believers *Please Pray for Pastor Labin and his wife Mercy for God to bless them and meet all their personal needs at this time. ‘For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect.’ Psalm 18:28-‐32 email@example.com Kidcare International, SBC HOUSE, Restmor Way, Wallington, Surrey SM6 7AH Tel. 020 3417 5727 www.kidcare.international.org firstname.lastname@example.org