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Weekly update

Praise God For Who He is

‘Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord’ (Lamentations 3:22-26). During these times of trial and anxiety, we can give thanks that God is enough. His compassions never fail, and he is always faithful. Pray that we would put our hope in God and wait for him.

Pray for the World

Afghanistan. Pray for this country that has suffered war and violence for so many decades. As the Taliban continues its rule in the country, pray for the restraint of violence and the protection of the innocent and vulnerable. Pray for NGOs and charities seeking to care for the needs of the poor, build infrastructure, and train locals, that they’d be an influence for healing and growth. Pray for the small Christian church in this predominantly Muslim country, that it would be sustained in faith and a witness to the love and truth of Christ. Pray also for peace in nearby Kazakhstan, following recent anti-government protests, the arrest of over 6000 people, and many deaths in protests.

Pray for the restraint of COVID-19 in many places of the world that are being heavily affected by the virus. Pray for healing of the sick, perseverance for medical workers, wise government policies to meet the challenges, and the effective distribution of vaccines.

Hong Kong

Pray for the city amidst the recent escalation of COVID-19 infections and the return of increased restrictions. Pray for protection for the city, for wise and effective government policies in dealing with COVID, for safety for those caring for the sick, healing for the afflicted, and comfort for the those in confinement or quarantine. Pray that we would not be overly frustrated or exasperated by these circumstances; that we would persevere and be patient in these trials.

Pray for that the needs of the refugee and asylum seeker, the poor and homeless, and the marginalised are not neglected. Pray for adequate shelter, educational and health provisions, and that solutions can be found to their problems. Pray for those organisations and charities that work to care for the marginalised, for Christian Action Centre for Refugees, for St Barnabas’ Home and Society, and for Inner City Ministries.

St Andrew’s

Give thanks for our Home4U ministry which seeks to care for our domestic worker community. Give thanks for their joy and faithfulness in Jesus, for the community of care that they provide for one another, for their opportunities to learn from God’s Word and grow in their love for Jesus. Pray for them as they serve in HK, persevere under COVID restrictions which limit their time-off, and for comfort as they’re away from the families abroad.

In these times of increased social distancing restrictions, pray that we would strive to draw close to God. Pray that we would be eager to practice our spiritual disciplines of prayer and bible reading, and that we would be quick to look at what God is teaching us in these times.