Invitation to Prayer, TODAY
Thank you for joining me in prayer for the children of the world. If you can, we'd love to have you pray together with us this Wednesday - TODAY - at 11:30 a.m., in the gym conference room at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas, followed by lunch together.
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All the best,
We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19, NIV
Happy Valentine's Day!
I pray this week you not FEEL very loved, but I also hope you are able to show someone else how much they are loved. This afternoon, I spent a few hours with my little girls, preparing Valentines for their class parties this week. I remember Valentine's Day when I was young was a day of great social anxiety; I was never sure if there would be any in my construction-paper plastered shoe box, and frankly I was afraid to pass them out to some kids for fear that they would misconstrue my meaning. These days, with young children at least, it seems the dominant classroom custom is that everyone should get a Valentine. And as I watched my oldest carefully print out the names of each of her classmates, choosing the child's favorite color for their name or drawing a special picture to remind her friend of a funny inside joke, I couldn't help but think that children teach us so much if we're just paying attention. They know how to love with abandon, and that's something the whole world could use a little more of.
In addition to that, please join me in praying for the following matters this week:
For the last few weeks, we have been focusing our prayers on the Rohingya. Quite frankly, things keep getting worse. The reports from various human rights monitoring agencies are frighteningly awful. Recently, Pope Francis spoke out on behalf of the Rohingya, calling for their rights to be restored and their freedom to be respected. But it seems the world isn't really listening. "The UN has previously dubbed the Rohingyas, who are also denied access to university education and in 2013 were hit with a two-child policy, as "the most oppressed people on Earth".
"Pope Francis' comments should serve as a wake up call to the international community," Charu Lata Hogg, an associate fellow with the Asia Programme at Chatham House, told The Independent.
"Despite the scathing UN report and the stream of NGO reporting on the plight of the Rohingyas, there doesn't seem to have been much international condemnation. "Strong political leverages need to be exercised to stop this egregious assault on a stateless people."
Please continue to pray for the Rohingya people -- for the children and their families to be saved from destruction. May God have mercy on them.
• Read more here ...
USA // Over 500 arrested in Super Bowl sex trafficking sting
national sex trafficking sting ended in the arrests of 552 would-be sex buyers or sex traffickers. The National Johns Suppression Initiative began three weeks ago, ending on Super Bowl Sunday. 23 law enforcement agencies in 14 states took part in the crackdown."
raise God for this successful crackdown! Please pray the victims receive the after care they need in order to not return to this industry and pray for the customers -- that God would work in their lives to bring about repentance and healing so that they would not hurt others in the future.
• Read more here ...
Please pray for 1-to-1 Tutoring, a local program supporting high school students with one-on-one tutoring and mentoring relationships. Currently they are in the running for the Rather Prize, a $10,000 grant for innovative educational ideas. Please consider going to www.ratherprize.com, clicking Vote Now, and vote for idea #4. You can vote daily!!
As you vote, please also pray for this program to continue transforming lives by providing educational support and friendship to local students. Pray for the volunteers to be able to connect with the kids, and for life-long friendships to form.
Praying with you,
Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
(432) 684-7821 x153
If you have prayer requests about children, those who care for them, those who have authority over them, or those who harm them (the really hard prayers to say sometimes), please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org