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Syria: Yarmouk Refugee Camp
The situation in the Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Damascus is desperate. The Yarmouk camp was established in 1957 for Palestinian refugees who fled their homes after the establishment of the State of Israel. Before the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War it was home to over 150,000 people. Now, fewer than 18,000 remain. Having suffered severe hunger for some years, the situation for civilians is now impossible. Close range combat is taking place in a three-sided conflict in the camp between Syrian government forces, Islamic State/ISIS and the Free Syrian Army. Civilians now cannot flee even if they had anywhere else to go, which most don't.
Please pray for the following:
- For donor nations to fulfil the UN's requests for aid. The UN’s US$415m appeal for Palestinian refugees in Syria is only 20% funded.
- In particular, for emergency food aid for civilians in Yarmouk. Throughout 2014, Yarmouk residents survived on only 400 calories per day, less than a fifth of normal human requirements. The situation is now even worse. People are starving to death as fighting rages around their homes.
- For children in the Yarmouk Camp. Around 3,500 children remain trapped in the camp. They have gone hungry for a long time and are now in the gravest danger.
- For a renewed effort to bring peace to Syria, and for all those working to make that happen. The Syrian Civil War has now entered its fifth year, and the death toll is approaching a quarter of a million, with no end in sight. The Church of England has joined over 100 Christian, Muslim, Jewish and secular organisations worldwide in the #WithSyria campaign, keeping the conflict on the radar of the major world powers.
Anglican News has posted an update making it clear that the people are resilient, not helpless! More here
The Mothers' Union has posted prayers on its website, including the following points:
- Vanuatu’s motto is ‘In God We Stand’. We pray that in this time of trouble and devastation, the people of Vanuatu would know God’s presence with them.
- We pray for the Archbishop of Melanesia and Bishop of Central Melanesia, The Most Revd David Vunagi and his wife Mrs. Mary Vunagi, Provincial President of Mothers’ Union, as they make contact with the Bishops in the affected areas, support Mothers’ Union members and consider how to respond to the situation.
- We also pray for the National Disaster Management Office of the Vanuatu Government who is coordinating the response to this disaster.
- As the aid effort begins, with limited information and scarcity of resource, we pray Lord that you would help relief workers to have wisdom and clarity in assessing need.
- As communications are coming back online we pray that the people of Vanuatu will be able to communicate their need and that it may be met.
- We pray for all those waiting to hear if their families are safe.
- We pray for comfort for all those who have lost loved ones and their homes in this time of distress. May they know the gentle touch of God at this time and in the coming days.
Anglican Alliance call for prayers and support. Full details
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Sudan and South Sudan
Children and Education
The Diocesan Adviser for Work with Children and Families is Barbara Meardon:
Praying for schools: www.prayforschools.org
Bishop Nicholas, as C of E lead for the environment, and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town, the Anglican Communion's lead for the environment, are praying and fasting for the climate on the first day of every month. They are asking people to consider joining them and Christians across the world. Learn more at www.prayandfastfortheclimate.org.uk
Spirit of God, You established the dance of Creation;
bring life out of death
bring order out of chaos.
Call us to radical action:
to care for the web of Creation
to share our resources justly
and to work for the renewal of our Mother, Earth.
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The diocesan Cycle of Prayer is issued every three months and covers all aspects of the work of the Diocese. Download the latest edition from the 'Resources' box on the left
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- Send prayers for publication to the Bishop’s Liturgical Assistant, Bridget Trump:
01722 334031, email@example.com
The Arthur Rank Centre, a Christian Charity, has asked people to remember dairy farmers in their prayers, especially in the context of the fall in milk prices.
Loving God, we give you thanks for all the food that is produced for us by farmers every day. We thank you especially for milk, a vital food, which we don't always fully appreciate. We pray for dairy farmers and the particular pressures that they face at this present time. We remember farmers under pressure because of low prices and late milk payments, may they know the peace of your presence. May we consumers never take our food for granted and may we value and support those who work tirelessly to feed us.
This we ask in Jesus name, Amen.
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Lord God of compassion,
whose will is for peace built on righteousness,
we pray for peace in Gaza and Israel:
for an end to hostilities,
for comfort and help for all who suffer,
and for reconciliation between Palestine and Israel,
through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
We have not forgotten.
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Christian Aid Prayers for Iraq here
The Diocese of Salisbury has been twinned with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia since the late 1980s. Click here for the page: there are prayers at the bottom.
A network of praying men, based in Wiltshire. Events happen periodically.
Latest prayer letter here
Year of Prayer in Salisbury
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The Diocese is associated with a number of retreat houses throughout Wiltshire and Dorset, including Hilfield Friary.
Click here for the Events page
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The Vocations and Spirituality Adviser to the Diocese is the Revd Ian Cowley:
01722 411944, firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Spirituality page, click here
Click here for a page with creative resources from staff prayers on Wednesday mornings.
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Pray that the agreement will hold and the ceasefire will take effect more widely. Pray for an end to the conflict in areas where the ceasefire has not been implemented. Pray for those made homeless and in desperate need of food, clean water and sanitation. Pray that the second round of peace talks due to begin on Friday take place and lead to a deeper and wider peace.
A Prayer by Brother Trevor Huddleston, CR
God Bless Africa;
Guard her children;
Guide her leaders
And give her peace, for Jesus Christ's sake.
Prayer is central to our link with the church in Sudan. Often, the first things that we are asked for in any situation are prayers, given in a true spirit of fellowship.
We operate a diocesan-wide prayer network which works via e-mail. Regular monthly prayer requests are sent to anyone who would like to receive them. If you would like to join our prayer network or log a prayer request, contact the prayer co-ordinator by e-mailing email@example.com
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A Prayer for Reconciliation in Syria
God of history,
Witness of the struggles within families;
we pray for the divided family of Syria
as brother fights against brother,
and sister rejects sister.
We pray for those whose love of neighbour
has been destroyed in the bitterness of enmity.
May fear be submerged in compassion.
May distrust be diluted by hope,
as a vision of peace illuminates
darkened minds and hate-filled hearts.
We pray in the name of Christ,
our source of light and love.
Bishop John Wraw, formerly Archdeacon of Wiltshire, has been diagnosed with cancer and is being treated in Southend Hospital. Please keep John, Gillian and all the family in your prayers.
Women's World Day of Prayer
Takes place on the first Friday in March each year. The service is written by a different country each year. Click here for the website.
Click here for topical prayers from the CofE.
You may like to pause for a moment, whatever you are doing, and remember God’s presence with you now.
What is before us in life we know not, but this we know:
That all things are ordered with unerring wisdom and unbounded love by You, our God. Grant us all in things to see Your hand;
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
- Charles Simeon