We pray for those at the sharp end of cuts to the UK international development budget. Last week, an amendment which would have restored the budget did not go to a vote, amid reports of projects in Yemen and Syria being axed among many others. God, we pray for those finding lifelines cut across the world, and for compassionate decisions made by UK politicians
We pray for students. A new report by a union showed last week that the mental health of pupils is the single biggest concern of staff working in education. God, we pray for those students struggling with their mental health, and for help for students and education professionals in tackling the issue.
We give thanks for widening access to vaccines. This week, people in the UK aged 21 and 22 were invited to book a Covid-19 vaccination. God, we give thanks for the lifesaving technology of vaccines, and pray that access will be extended to the most vulnerable across the globe, wherever they are.
We give thanks for the contribution of refugees to our society. It’s World Refugee Day, where people come together everywhere to support refugees across the globe. God, we give thanks for your love for the displaced and dispossessed, and pray that we might show such love to refugees across the globe.
We pray for EU citizens in the UK. With just a couple of weeks to go until the deadline for applying for Settled Status after Brexit, academics are warning that many EU citizens may fall into legal limbo after the deadline, particularly vulnerable groups. God, we pray for stability and warm welcome for EU citizens who have made their homes in the UK.
We pray for the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Over 350,000 of Tigray’s nearly 6 million people are living in famine conditions, with a senior UN official stating that famine is being used as a weapon of war in the region. God, we pray for peace in the region, and food and security for those caught in the middle of violence and famine
We pray for areas already affected by the effects of climate change. As government advisers warned last week that the UK is unprepared for the effects of climate chaos, many countries around the world are already struggling with the effects of extreme weather. God, we pray for security for those struggling with climate change, and ambitious global action on climate
We pray for Uganda. The country has nearly run out of Covid-19 vaccines and oxygen as cases have leapt up by 2800% in a month. God, we pray for healing and comfort for those who are sick and suffering, and global support for countries struggling in the third wave of the pandemic.