We pray for those who have been accepted for resettlement in the UK from Syria through government schemes and are still waiting for transfer. According to the UN, over 2000 refugees are still awaiting transfer through the UK Resettlement Scheme from as far back as 2015. God, we pray that their applications would be processed and that they would be kept from harm.
We pray for the hospitals and maternity wards of Afghanistan. Many are operating without funding and pay, and most new mothers are so malnourished that they cannot feed their children. God, we lift this desperate situation up to you, and pray that the issues around aid and funding could be overcome.
We give thanks for the growing number of people seeking to use their career for social good. A new report says that 7 out of 10 people have re-evaluated their career path in light of COVID-19, with 89% of respondents wanting ‘a career with a strong sense of purpose’. God, we thank you for the gifts of skills, experience, and time. Help us to use them well, in the service of others.
We give thanks for charities that help young people into employment. Approximately 1 in 5 young people in Britain are unemployed, and the effects of the pandemic on the labour market mean many face uncertain futures. God, we pray for all those worried about their future prospects, and give thanks for all working to support them into good jobs We pray for those who are hesitant about the Covid vaccine. Studies have shown that black and South Asian Brits in particular are more hesitant about the jab for a variety of different reasons. God, we pray that communication to persuade people of the safety and necessity of vaccination would be sensitive to these anxieties, and would be effective in protecting all from the virus.
We pray for the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Hyperinflation, shortage of fuel, and the collapse of public healthcare means most Venezuelans are living in a permanent state of survival and emergency. God, we pray for change in the economic, political and social situation to end the desperate poverty and hunger that so many are experiencing
We pray for cancer patients. It is feared that rising hospitalisations and tighter Covid restrictions may once again prevent those with cancer from receiving treatment, taking part in life-saving trials, and from partaking in ‘normal’ life. God, we pray that the most vulnerable would be put first in any measures to contain the virus.