An Event for Everyone
"There were shepherds camping in the neighbourhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Saviour has just been born in David’s town, a Saviour who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the shepherds talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the shepherds were impressed.
Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The shepherds returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!"
Luke 2 : 8-20 The Message
Do not be afraid. Hear, act, believe and go like the shepherds.
As we hear the familiar story once again and reflect on Jesus' birth let us be as excited and as motivated as the shepherds to tell everyone the Good News and be inspired to act.
We need those of you who pray to join with us, those who can give to give generously and we need you to encourage others to do the same. We need those of you who will go to sign up for a team and those who can't to inspire others to go.
As a staff team we meet weekly for devotions. We pray for each other, for the charity and for our partners and projects and would love to pray for you also. If you have any prayer requests, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to pray for you.
Thank you for faithfully praying with us.
God Bless you
Please continue to pray for the preparation and planning of the trip due to take place in February 2023.
The team will be building 2 more classrooms to accommodate the growing numbers of pupils .
Please pray for the funds to complete these so that the children currently being taught on the hillside will have a classroom where they can learn.
Please pray for funds to continue arriving in order to complete the kitchen project in Rushararazi..
As a new 2023 Mission Direct project location is sought in Rukungiri, pray for God's wisdom and discernment for all involved in that search.
Global Warming is severely affecting many parts of rural Uganda. Pray for all those families and communities who are trying to cope with a lack of food and water due to the recent droughts. Pray for a successful harvest this month.
Pray for the large number of children whom have dropped out of school this year. Teenage girls are very susceptible, especially during times of menstruation. Many never return to school. Pray for Mission Direct as it considers ways to combat such issues in 2023
Please pray as requested by our partners Serve Cambodia-
For foreign teaching assistants who can provide assistance with the curriculum at Serve Cambodia
Pray for the Cambodian people to understand the benefits of enrolling their children, nieces and nephews to get an education..
Pray for the Cambodian people to have a clear understanding of road traffic to reduce accidents
Pray for Cambodians not to migrate to work abroad so much.
Pray for Cambodia to continue to be peaceful and keep developing like our neighbouring countries.
Pray for a wide market for Cambodia to help farmers get a fair price for their produce.
In January the office staff and the overseas staff will be meeting for the first time in a long while. It will be a chance to debrief from the last couple of years, offer some training and looking at some new ways of working. We will also have plenty of time for talking to each other face to face and for having some fun.
Please pray for the remaining preparations, that every aspect of the time away will be considered.
Please pray for safety in travel for all attending. People will be travelling from across England to Hertfordshire.
Please pray for a spirit of fellowship, unity and a common vision.
We are excited for this time together and are very grateful to God for this opportunity.
Thank you to all who are praying for Chris, He and his family still need our prayers for complete healing and for comfort. We are so grateful to God for His healing and for restoring Chris home to his family
Please pray for the food distribution taking place through four of our partners to reach child headed families, widows, disabled and elderly people who have been hardest hit by the food price inflation in Uganda. We pray this is received as God’s compassionate hands reaching out and touching hearts.
Please pray for Kumi Prison where the number of guests is approaching double normal numbers. Again this is a reflection of the high cost of food which leads to people turning to crime through desperation. We pray that the assistance we have given will be enough to help them celebrate Christmas thankful for your love and care for all, in all circumstances.
Pray for the builders as they complete the Teacher’s Homes at Kumi Primary school and for the Teacher’s and families that will occupy them. We pray that you will live in each and every home.
Pray for God’s healing hand on one of our partners “S” as she struggles with ongoing health issues. We pray for her recovery and a blessing on her ministry to the children.
We thank God that after lots of hard work fundraising the second classroom block is now well underway.
We are so grateful to everyone who has enabled this plan to come to fruition.
Please pray for enough time before the rains start to get the roof on the building.
Please pray for volunteers to book on to the trip in July 2023, for the preparations both here and in Malawi.
Where could you be in 2023
We are planning our trips for next year, please pray for our preparations and for relationships with our partners. Pray for our overseas staff who are making their preparations; pray God's blessing on them as they work so tirelessly and sacrificially.
Please pray for all those who God wants to be a part of our short term mission trips next year. We pray that their hearts are being prepared and that they find all the information they need to help in their decision making.
Please pray that the work we are doing will bear much fruit and that everything we do will continue to have Jesus at the centre.
Simone is our Regional Manager who is battling cancer.
Please continue to pray for Simone, specifically that the treatment plan continues to work for her and that her mobility improves.
Please continue to pray for Dorothy at Crown of Life School, who is slowly recovering from a long illness. Please pray for restoration to full health.
We give thanks for all the donations from volunteers which have allowed us to continue supporting teachers and providing school lunches this year, particularly as school incomes remain low after the pandemic.
We give thanks for the new Science Laboratory at Crown of Life School and the Toilet Block at Kiine School which we have been able to build this year, which will provide better facilities for these expanding schools.
Thank you for all who are sponsoring a pupil next year, giving them the opportunity to continue their studies, which will enhance their future prospects.
We are so thankful to God that we have experienced only minimal disruption to flights and very few problems caused by Covid infections. Please pray for flight costs and availability of seats to improve next year.
Rising costs both here and overseas, including flight costs, mean that we need to make up a significant shortfall on our finances Please pray for an increase in one off and in regular donations to enable us to continue serving others who are in much greater need than we are. Finances are being squeezed both here in the UK and for our partners overseas, we have been astounded by God's provision and people's generosity but we need that to continue.
We thank God that teams have travelled this year. Pray with us for all our volunteers who have returned from trips that their experiences will be positive, inspirational and motivational.
We are excited to send more volunteers in 2023. Please pray for God to inspire people to book a trip with us, so that together we can complete vital projects which will impact our partners and our volunteers .