This week we are praying for FESTIVE whoseek to equip and inspire Gospel work in the often-overlooked area of Further Education (16-18 year olds).
They support individual students and Christian unions around the country offering mentoring, encouragement, prayer, and free resources.
Please pray for the evangelistic exam giveaway packs that we are sending out to Christian students to give to their non-Christian friends. Pray that God is at work through the literature in them and that they start some Gospel conversations.
Please pray for CU’s and CU leaders during this term where exams and deadlines are dominant in many colleges and 6th forms. Pray that CU’s would keep meeting and that momentum wouldn’t be lost.
Please pray for students facing the stress of exams. Many have not had to deal with big exams before (because of Covid). Pray for peace and perspective. Pray for Christian students that they would know how to encourage and support their non-Christian friends well and point them to the prince of peace at this time.
Please pray for Festive as it exhibits at multiple events this summer and does some seminars. Pray that we would be able to connect with lots of Christian young people who we can then support and equip during their time at college.
Pray for our growing FE staff network and events. Pray that we would be able to connect with more Christians working in FE this term and our next event would be a real encouragement and inspiration to those that attend.
Please pray for Festive finances as one of our major grants ends this summer. Pray that other funding will come in and we will see more people and churches become regular supporters of our work.
Sunday 15th May is Further Education Sunday and we are being encouraged as a church family to find out more and & pray for our local FE colleges and VI Forms.
Pray for all our students at BH at FE college or studying A -levels during this exam term, including those at BHASVIC, Brighton MET, Newman College, Plumpton and Brighton College. Many of them are regulars at KO & would love to tell you what you can be praying for them.
This week we are praying for Susanna Baldwin in Darwin, Australia working with Wycliffe on a PEV (Plain English Version) Bible translation project.
1. Give thanks that God has helped me reach a decision to stay in Darwin for at least the rest of 2022. Pray that I can sit well with the discomfort of 'divided loyalties' between Australia and Ethiopia, my original planned destination. Please continue to pray for God's guidance as to whether I should still seek a return there one day.
2. Please pray for my continued progress on translating Genesis into the Plain English Version (PEV) - that my work will be faithful to God's truth and message, and that my gospel motivation will always outweigh my enjoyment of the intellectual challenge!
3. Pray for the Aboriginal people around Darwin who help us test-read the draft PEV chapters - it's a great opportunity for informal ministry as we discuss Bible passages with them, and they will often ask for prayer from us. Pray that lifelong disciples will be made and nurtured.
4. The PEV Mini-Bible (containing 70% of the New Testament and a few excerpts of the Old Testament) was due to be printed and published early this year, but the process keeps stalling due to various technical and personnel issues. My colleagues tell me this is very common when a major volume of Scripture is about to be launched - Satan will try everything to stop God's Word reaching people's hearts. Pray that his schemes will not prevail.
5. Give thanks for my colleague Melody, who originally came to work as our publicist but who has developed an interest in translation work. She has begun a draft of the Book of Hebrews for the PEV and is making great progress so far. Please continue to pray for more much-needed translators and other ministry workers in the Top End
6. Give thanks and pray for my involvement at Christ Church Cathedral, Darwin, where I'm co-leading a youth Bible study and working with a team to establish a new 'missional' evening service. Pray for grace, peace and unity between members of the cathedral from different backgrounds and traditions, and for the minister Rob as he seeks to shepherd us. 7. Give thanks for the opportunity to visit England in the middle of the year and to reconnect with family, friends and supporters there (including a visit to BH on Sun 19 June).