I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone. 1 Tim 2:1
This week's PrayerCollege is slightly different because, rather than give you some teaching and an assignment I want to actually encourage you to engage in some spiritual warfare and pray for specific needs. I'm going to draw to your attention three ministries with which I have contact and which urgently need more prayer support.
Special Needs Network and Prayer Support does exactly what it says on the tin! It aims to provide practical and emotional support for those caring for children with special needs whether at school or in the home. It also has a small network of people who are willing to receive prayer requests in the form of emails. More pray-ers are required. If you'd like to know more or to receive these email prayer requests please respond to Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betel is an outstanding ministry. It works with people who want to get off drugs. It's success rate is phenomenal with many of its current staff being ex-addicts who've got clean through the Betel programme. With no government funding and ever increasing demands on them, they need all the prayer backing they can find. For more information email Mary Alice Martin at email@example.com.
New Hope Foundation, China
Because of the strict "one child" policy of the Chinese government families are sometimes reluctant to care for children who are less than perfect. This leads to many sick or disabled babies being abandoned. Robin and Joyce Hill run a number of centres in China where abandoned youngsters can be loved with the love of Jesus, cared for and treated for their various ailments before being fostered or adopted by new families. Joyce sends out a monthly update on the children and the development of the ministry. To be added to their email list contact Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer College Assignment
Please give careful consideration to whether you can become a prayer partner with one of these organisations. We should always be expanding our horizons and becoming more aware of the concerns of God's heart.
Also, please have a look at the following web page and consider how you could respond in prayer: Christians 'told not to preach'