We pray for asylum seekers. Last week, the Nationality and Borders Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons, a Bill which will make the asylum system in the UK more punitive if it becomes law. God, we pray for robust scrutiny of the Bill, and for a compassionate asylum system for those fleeing conflict and persecution.
We pray for Madagascar. More than one million people are food-insecure as severe droughts caused by climate change cause widespread famine. God, we pray for a compassionate and ambitious international response to famine and other climate-related disasters, and food security for those who are suffering and starving.
We give thanks for adoptive parents. A new £48m National Adoption Strategy published this week seeks to improve adoption services and help place more children with families as it launches in England. God, we give thanks for those who give adoptive children a loving home, and pray for a better and more equal adoption system with these proposals.
We give thanks for mental health advocates. After gymnast Simone Biles dropped out of the Olympics this week to focus on her mental health, fellow athletes and advocates have stressed the importance of mental as well as physical wellbeing. God, we give thanks for those promoting positive approaches to mental health and tackling stigma.
We pray for people in forced labour. Globally, there are injustices embedded into our supply chains, including forced labour of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, with around 80 brands potentially directly or indirectly benefitting from this forced labour. God, we pray that human rights might be upheld in supply chains and labour, preserving the dignity of human life.
We pray for people experiencing extreme weather in the UK and abroad. Scientists warned last week that extreme weather will strike the UK more frequently because of the climate crisis. Last year was one of the warmest and wettest on record. God, we pray for decisive action to safeguard your creation, and support for those suffering because of extreme weather.
We pray for refugees. The UN has warned that they may run out of food for refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where around 24,000 refugees are living. God, we pray for global action to ensure the safety and security of refugees and for peace in the region.