This article was originally published in Edition (6) of Prayer Magazine,  Apr-Jun 2006.

World Weekend of Prayer for Children at Risk

More than two million Christians in over 100 countries are expected to unite in an unprecedented weekend of prayer for the world’s most vulnerable and needy children on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June 2006.

With half of all the world’s children “at risk”, it is more vital than ever that we pray… Last year, 1.2 million people prayed for them during the first weekend of June.

Children are often in the news. Natural disasters, conflict, and food crises have happened more and more frequently in the last few years, and children are the most vulnerable to their effects. UNICEF has called 2005 “an unprecedented year of emergencies for children”. Think of the Asian tsunami, the hurricanes in North and Central America, and the earthquake in Pakistan… In all of these situations, children have been amongst the hardest hit.

Alongside this, the AIDS pandemic is affecting an increasing number of people – 40.3 million are now living with HIV, and every minute of every day, a child dies of an AIDS-related illness.

Our prayer theme this year will be “Transform”, and we will be praying for God’s promises of change, hope and healing to be fulfilled in children’s lives. Using stories, statistics, a powerpoint presentation and children’s activities, groups around the world will come before God to seek this transformation in situations of poverty, neglect, abuse and exploitation.

The 2005 Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) mobilised 200 million people to pray, and in 2006 we are working together to get people – especially youth – to prioritise prayer for children at risk as part of the Global Day of Prayer. See www.globaldayofprayer.com for more details…

We will be encouraging Christians around the world to set time aside on the 3rd or 4th June to join with others in prayer for children at risk.  Events will be hosted all over the world for adults and children to pray together over the weekend. Whether you pray with your family over breakfast, hold a special prayer meeting at your church, or meet in a football stadium, Viva Network would like to hear about it!

Cathryn Hall

Prayer Mobiliser, Viva Network

Tel: 01865 320100  Email: chall@viva.org   Website: www.viva.org/pray

 

Prayer School starts in Leicester.

A Prayer School in the centre of the City of Leicester has started, we are asking God for the city, there are 4 churches working together with this new initiative at present and we trust that more will come on board to work in unity for the heart and souls of the city.

We began meeting in a central church and when we had to move to make room for their Alpha Course felt God ask us to go to the City Football Stadium, where every tribe and tongue of our multicultural city is represented. We now meet in the conference facilities there and have great favour with the management, God has also miraculously provided for the hire of the facility, week on week. Praise God.

For more information Contact Lynne Eveson, 01455 291022

Carriers of the Fire National Womens Conference in Wales

Ladies use inspiration of 1904 revival to seek God once more.  It is expected that hundreds of ladies will gather just a few miles from where the 1904 Welsh Revival took hold, to seek God for a new Revival.   The speakers of this  three day conference include  Karen Lowe (Antioch Church, Llanelli), Debra Green (City Links), Samie Greig (24/7 Prayer), Lucy Smith (BlushUK) and Ruth Rogers (via evangelist, Birmingham).  For more information please contact City Links on  0161 - 946 - 2373 or visit www.citylinks.org.uk

THE PRAYER BARN

The vision of the Prayer Barn is precisely that, a vision that began with a retired minister wanting to have a barn for people to pray in.    He hasn’t yet found his actual barn, but we have started the vision and began to pray together.

The first monthly Prayer Barn meeting was in Bolton approximately 3 years ago.   Out of that another one started on the Fylde.   Another has recently started in Southport on 21st January 2006, with much local encouragement.

We have been blessed with many joining with us from different churches.  We pray for our communities, our towns, national and world issues, for the voice of the Church, for Christians who are persecuted, and for the Coming of God’s Kingdom.  If the Prayer Barn stands for anything it is to make prayer the first priority - to move and see things established in the spiritual realm and to seek God’s will with action following on. 

We seek to recognize and respect each other and our different church backgrounds, to encourage each other to pray in differing ways in freedom, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  We are greatly encouraged to see Christians sharing together in prayer, recognising our essential unity in Christ. 

Meetings: Saturday mornings from 10.00 am until 12.30 pm

Bolton - 2nd Saturday each month - Contact Keith Ashworth - 01253 855793

Southport - 3rd Saturday each month - Contact George Smith - 01704 380557

Fylde - last Saturday each mohth - Contact David Tarbuck - 01253 891922

 

CELEBRATION OF 10 YEARS OF PRAYER MINISTRY        

Partnership Ministries of Derby recently celebrated ten years of prayer ministry. John Ward and Jennifer Robinson began praying with others some years before but in 1996 began ministering full time in this area. 

In January this year we thanked God for His direction through 2287 appointments and 110 workshops! These have been mainly in Derby and surrounding areas with some further afield. Many can testify to the blessings they have received from God. It is a privilege to see God miraculously healing, cleansing and delivering people from wounds, sinful habits and oppression. Many have been released into their ministry at home, work and church and rejoice in that. Four have trained by participating in workshops and have responded to the Lord’s call to lead them.

For further information e-mail: jennifer.robinson@mailstonenet .co.uk.

 

Blowing you cover – new training for Evangelism back up by Prayer

With over 30 national Vision and Training days under our belt it's exciting to know that more dates are planned. We have nearly every Saturday between January and the end of April booked, allowing churches throughout the country are experienceing the benefit of their leadership team and small group leaders attending a day prior to running the course.

Check the website for a full list of dates, and look out for one near you! Better still ,why not host one in your local area?

We are looking to run additional training days throughout Wales, Scotland, Avon Valley and the Channel Islands. If you would like to host one, please contact the BYC office on 01425 280425

 

LOCAL CHRISTIAN RADIO COMING SOON TO THE UK

In 2006 many local communities will start to have the option of hearing permanent Christian radio not just via the TV but also on FM and DAB radios at home and in the car.

These new stations are focused on being radio with a Christian ethos for the whole community and not just ‘preach-teach’ style Christian radio for church attendees. The formats will differ from one station to another depending on the area being covered and amounts of speech and styles of music broadcast.

Already some Christian groups have been awarded 5-year Community Radio licenses. This new style of radio license is designed to serve a smaller area than existing commercial radio stations and to have specific ‘social gain’ objectives.  

It was only with the passing into law of the Communications Act 2003 that Christian radio broadcasters were allowed to apply for DAB Digital Radio licences. One member of the group was prompted by the LORD to apply for one of these new licences in order to be able to provide a local radio service for the part of the Midlands surrounding Wolverhampton. Day One Radio has been awarded a local DAB licence and is planning to commence broadcasting in 2006. They will play gospel music and contemporary songs with Christian lyrics including some modern worship. The format is based on radio audience research that shows that this style of music radio, including elements of positive talk, will be popular with a large number of listeners and not just Christians.

While Britain already has “Thought for The Day” and the Daily Service on national BBC Radio these new local radio stations bring a new opportunity for Christian leaders. They will now be able to co-operate and partner with these broadcasters to reach out across the local transmission areas in ways that Christian ministers in other parts of the world, from Australia to Zambia, have had for many years.

The contact details of the stations with full-time broadcasting licences are:

Banbridge, County Down – Community FM

Shine FM, 48A Bridge Street, Banbridge, County Down, BT32 3JU

Tel: 028 4062 2445 Email: info@shinefm.org.uk Web: www.shinefm.org.uk

 

Cumbernauld – Community FM

Revival Radio, PO Box 106, Cumbernauld, G67 1JX

Tel: 01236 721110 Email: info@revivalradio.org.uk Web: www.revivalradio.org.uk

 

Plymouth – Community FM

Spirit of Plymouth FM, Cornerstone House, 28 Old Park Road, Plymouth PL3 4PY

Tel: 01752 242272 Email: chris@cornerstonevision.com

 

Stoke-on-Trent – Community FM

Cross Rhythms City Radio 101.8 FM, PO Box 1110, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1XR

Tel: 0870 011 8008 Email: radio@crossrhythms.co.uk Web: www.crossrhythms.co.uk

 

Wolverhampton/Black Country/Shropshire/South Staffordshire – Local DAB

Day One Radio, PO Box 4289, Wolverhampton, WV10 8WX

Tel: 0870 203 4510 Email: info@dayoneradio.co.uk Web: www.dayoneradio.co.uk

 

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