A new initiative to help us to pray at home! We’ll use key ‘days’ as our inspiration, and provide prayer pointers to guide our prayers. The latest post is below:
November 25: International Day for elimination of violence against women.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent, and devastating human rights violations in our world today.
Why the 25th of November?
On November 25, 1960, three sisters, Patria Mercedes Mirabal, María Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia María Teresa Mirabal, were assassinated in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. The Mirabel sisters fought hard to end Trujillo’s dictatorship. Activists on women’s rights have observed a day against violence on the anniversary of the deaths of these three women since 1981.
On December 17, 1999, November 25 was designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the UN General Assembly.
During COVID-19, calls to violence against women helplines increased up to five-fold in the first few weeks of the pandemic. For every 3 months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million women are expected to be affected by violence.
Let’s us come together and pray for those in our community of Milton Keynes, our country and countries all over the world:
- For protection of women and girls in danger and living in fear today in their homes.
- For those who have escaped home and are in safe places that they receive the right services to help them deal with trauma and effects of violence.
- For perpetrators to know that their actions are wrong because we know God can change them.
- For Governments to fund essential services on gender-based violence and women’s organizations who are at the forefront.
- For governments and civil societies to respond to the needs of survivors, including especially now during the global pandemic.
- We also know that there are men and boys who also victims of violence. Let us pray for them too.
- For us (the church all over the world) to be alert and to take right steps where we encounter or know someone in our community or elsewhere living in danger.
If you would like more information and stories of those at the forefront do visit United Nations website on the link below
Friday 20th November is World Children’s Day
World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
It is a time to celebrate and a time to remember children in our prayers.
Let’s pray for children in our neighborhoods, in our community of Milton Keynes and around the world:
- For those living in poverty. Especially those without enough food to eat.
- For those who are unwell at home and in hospitals. Pray for access to good medical care for those without.
- For those whose home is not a safe place.
- For those with little or no clean water, sanitation and hygiene.
- Protection and support of children and families living through conflict, disaster and displacement.
- For those who have taken on caring responsibilities
- For those orphaned and those living in care.
- For all children to have access to education.
- For governments to make vaccines affordable and available to every child.
To watch the ‘Happy world children’s day’ video from World Vision, click here.
If you would like more information or ideas on how you can be practically involved in promoting awareness, Unicef is a good place to visit. Please click on this link: https://www.unicef.org/world-childrens-day