Prayer Requests - June 2019

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God’ - Philippians 4:6-7

Praying for Our Children across Africa

Throughout 2019 many of the local Hands at Work teams across Africa are working with the volunteer Care Workers to identify and assess the most vulnerable children with a view to increasing the number of children that they are supporting. Please join us in praying for:

  • Each child who will start coming to the Care Point this year, that they will feel welcomed, safe and accepted by the other children. Pray that when they come to the Care Point they will experience the love and acceptance of the Care Workers and pray that they will come to know the unconditional love of their heavenly Father, through the Godly example of the Care Workers.

  •  The Care Workers, to have the wisdom, grace and gentleness that they need to support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the new children. Ask God to prepare the Care Workers’ hearts to welcome the additional children, that they will have the energy and strength needed.

  • The Primary Caregivers of the children who will be coming to the Care point, that they will feel encouraged and supported by the Care Workers. Pray that they will see the Care Point as a place where they can also come to build relationships with other men and women who are facing similar challenges, and that they will experience healing and restoration.

  •  The local Hands at Work teams, to have the wisdom and discernment that they need to help the Care Workers identify the most vulnerable children in their community, who are in desperate need of the holistic care given at the Care Point.

 

Praying for the Local Hands at Work Team in Swaziland 

Hands at Work has Local Teams across Africa who are committed to supporting the Care Workers and the most vulnerable children. The local Hands at Work team in Swaziland consists of African and International Volunteers.   

  • Vusi is the coordinator of the local Hands at Work team in Swaziland. Pray that he will lead the team with patience and encouragement; that he will listen to Gods guidance on where to go and who to see. Ask God to give Vusi the wisdom that needs to know how best to support the most vulnerable children and families that we are caring for.

  • Our desire to grow the local team in Swaziland. Pray for God to send more African Volunteers in Swaziland with hearts that desire to be set apart from their cultural norms and sacrificially serve the most broken.

  • Pray for each team who will be visiting Swaziland to be impacted as they walk in these rural communities and pray that they will see God’s heart for the most vulnerable. Ask God to give the local Hands at Work team in Swaziland, the wisdom, strength and energy that they need to support these teams well.

  •  At the beginning of June, there will be a Maranatha Workshop for the Care Workers from the communities of Msengeni A and B. Pray for each of the Care Workers to come with open and willing hearts to receive all that God has for them. Ask God to give each person facilitating this week together, wisdom and discernment as they lead.

  • Weekly, people in the local Hands at Work team, travel to Swaziland from South Africa. Ask God to give them continued protection as they travel.

40 Days of Prayer - Easter Sunday

Day 40 - EASTER SUNDAY

He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! – Revelations 22:20

He Is Risen

Arising from the dead, Jesus has shown us that there is no wound too deep, no scar too unbearable that He cannot heal. As we await His triumphant return, He is still ‘binding up the broken-hearted, proclaiming freedom for the captives and releasing from darkness the prisoners’.

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Thank you for praying with us!

40 Days of Prayer - Holy Saturday

HOLY SATURDAY

Today, we pause to anticipate the coming of Easter Sunday and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. - Isaiah 53:5-6

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40 Days of Prayer - Day 39

Day 39 – Crucifixion

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

The Crucifixion is the most scandalous event in history. This is how the world meant to put a stop to Jesus and all that He was about. He came to proclaim good news to the poor, set the captives free, to bring sight to the blind, give liberty to the oppressed. Thank Jesus for His sacrifice and for showing us an excellent way. Pray that Nonchle and other vulnerable children, Care Workers, Primary Caregivers across Africa, churches and volunteers with Hands at Work in Africa and the world, would feel the weight of what it means for Jesus to die for us. Pray that God would compel us to lay down our lives as living sacrifices. Let us begin our prayer with a few moments of silence.

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40 Days of Prayer - Day 38

Day 38 – Maundy Thursday

So, Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. – Hebrews 9:28

As Jesus spent time in the garden of Gethsemane, He prayed in agony, knowing the weight of the sacrifice that was to come. Contemplate on the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice.

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40 Days of Prayer - Day 37

Day 37 – Holy Wednesday

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. – Luke 15:3-7

When Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep, he said that the shepherd left the ninety-nine to go and look for his lost sheep. This is exactly what Jesus did and continues to do for us. Pray that we will become like the good shepherd. Pray that we will follow the heart of God to the lost and the destitute; sharing the good news of Jesus with them. Ask God to open your eyes and ears to the needs of the people around you.

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