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Jesus' hands and feet: On 1st July, 350 teens and leaders poured into the University of Queensland, Australia, for five days of fun and discipleship at TeenStreet Australia. With the aim of growing and deepening their relationship with Jesus, Australian teenagers looked at what it means to be holy and victorious in Christ. They also had the opportunity to be ‘Jesus' hands and feet’ in the local community by showing His love in practical ways. 250 teens and leaders visited nursing homes, painted houses and did gardening, cleaning, prayer walks and barbecue outreaches. Many teens and leaders shared that they had been stretched in their faith and positive responses were received from the community.
(Operation Mobilisation - September 2013)
The need for trust: The Church in Mauritania needs your prayers. Worshipping groups are often infiltrated by those who would try and destroy the Church. Believers need to be able to trust one another. Pray for the Church to grow in depth, discernment and maturity. As a new wave of workers arrives in Mauritania, pray for the Lord to enable them to build healthy and sustainable patterns of ministry. May the Spirit give workers wisdom to live in a challenging context, and courage to speak for Christ when opportunities arise. May issues related to finances and projects not cause conflict between believers, as it has in the past.
(Arab World Ministries - September 2013)
Severe monsoon floods: According to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, severe monsoon floods during August affected around 330,000 people in 770 villages, left more than 100 dead and destroyed 2,400 homes. Punjab was the worst affected province, with hundreds of villages being inundated by the flood waters. Food and water purification supplies are being distributed by Tearfund partners in two of the worst affected provinces. With existing clean water sources, such as boreholes, damaged by the floods, water purification tablets are vital to prevent people drinking from unsafe supplies and therefore being exposed to waterborne diseases. Please pray for these relief efforts and for people rebuilding their lives after the loss of loved ones, homes, crops or livelihoods.
(Tearfund - September 2013)
Bringing people together: For many older Cambodians the emotional scars from the Khmer Rouge regime remain. Urban families were often separated during the forced move to the countryside and never discovered whether relatives were alive or dead. A reality TV programme, It’s Not a Dream, has been running in Cambodia which reunites long-lost family members in front of a live TV audience. Some will find the format distasteful but the producers believe the show can play a small role in bringing people together. Pray that old wounds will be healed and for the churches as they play their part in rebuilding the nation.
(OMF International UK - September 2013)