Charity partners with London event to pray for world’s poorest children
Samaritan's Purse is partnering with the National Day of Prayer to mobilise people to pray for vulnerable children across the world
As tens of thousands of Christians gather together at Wembley for NDOP on 29 September, there will be a time of prayer for the children in over 105 countries who’ll be receiving the charity’s Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, the largest this year.
“We’ll be coming together to pray for some of the neediest children around the globe, including those who are orphaned, living in poverty and disease and victims of trafficking,” said Samaritan’s Purse UK Executive Director Simon Barrington.
He added: “We’re also coming together to praise God and celebrate all that’s been done through the 94 million acts of compassion that have been carried out through Operation Christmas Child over the last 22 years. Each one of these shoeboxes is an opportunity to share God’s love and for churches overseas to point children to Jesus Christ as their saviour at Christmas.”
Last year the UK sent nearly 1.1 million shoeboxes full of gifts to disadvantaged children in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Simon Barrington believes prayer is fundamental to the work of Samaritan’s Purse, and is the key to the Church reaching out to children in the UK and overseas, which is why the charity is partnering with NDOP Wembley:
“Children have often been neglected by the Church and neglected in mission. Prayer is vital to reaching the next generation, so I think this is a significant moment when the Church comes together to pray for the world’s children.”