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Weekend of prayer for children at risk to involve 40+ nations

The promise of Jesus “I am with you always” is the theme of this year’s global World Weekend of Prayer campaign for children at risk on 6-7 June ...

The promise of Jesus “I am with you always” is the theme of this year’s global World Weekend of Prayer campaign for children at risk on 6-7 June.

Hundreds of thousands of Christians from more than 40 nations are expected to gather in prayer marches, church services, city centres and special events to pray for vulnerable children.

According to the UN, in the world today, one billion children worldwide live in poverty, with 6.6 million under-fives dying from preventable causes, 15% of children engaged in work and one in 10 girls married before they reach the age of 15. In addition, child poverty has increased in 23 developed world countries since 2008.

Andrew Dubock, Viva’s Communications Manager says, “When you see the world through the eyes of a vulnerable child it can be painful, frightening and lonely. And yet we believe that God is a God of protection, provision and promises.

“We’re calling on Christians wherever they are that weekend to join us in praying on behalf of the hurting children in our communities, and those in far-off places – that God would give them strength and carry them through their desperately tough times.”

During last year’s campaign, almost 50,000 Christians took part in Mwanza, Tanzania’s second biggest city. More than 40 children were connected to their churches for the first time, including eight-year-old Laura, who lives with her aunt because both parents died. She doesn’t regularly go to school because she can’t afford stationery or shoes.

Laura says: “My friend told me about the World Weekend of Prayer so I joined in and was warmly received by the pastor.” As a result, she was accepted on a church project and one of the members is paying her school fees.

“This is the day I’ve smiled most in my life!” says Laura.

Meanwhile, in San Jose, Costa Rica, Gilbert Barrantes, a pastor arranged for his church to collect and distribute food in the homes of the poorest families in the community.

“We recognise that prayer is also to act, so we believe that our work begins with prayer and continues with action,” he said.

Go to www.worldweekendofprayer.com for downloadable resources, including stories, activities, prayers, reflections and a video of children around the world thanking God for being with them. We have also produced prayer postcards to encourage individuals to pray.

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