Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
There were many hopes that the calendar turning would mean the burdens of 2020 are left behind. A change of date cannot live up to such aspirations, yet we still have hope. A greater hope. And, because of that, we find comfort and the resources we need to comfort others.
We give thanks for God’s upholding presence throughout 2020 and pray that we would honour Him in all that we do in the year ahead.
We give thanks that the UK government is doubling donations until 19 February. We’re grateful for this amazing opportunity to bring lasting change to families dealing with chronic illness and disabilities in hard-to-reach parts of Nepal. Praise God for those who have already given so sacrificially.
We pray for governments worldwide to have wisdom in balancing coronavirus response with the wider needs of their peoples.
Pray for perseverance and protection for healthcare and other key workers responding to COVID-19 in resource-poor countries. As well as the pressure at work, the virus also affects their families and communities too. Pray that they can continue to find hope in all circumstances.
We give thanks that the new Palliative Care Centre for Excellence is up and running in Pokhara, Nepal. In particular, we give thanks that it can assist in the response to COVID-19. We pray that it is a beacon of hope for those with life-limiting illnesses and their families. We pray for the safe completion of the annexe building.