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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 those effected by the recent earthquake that claimed many lives. 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.

Hong Kong

As the new government lead by John Lee commences, pray for that it would govern with justice, integrity, and wisdom, using its resources and opportunities for the good of all in our city. Pray that the needs of the poor and the refugee, the marginalised and the voiceless would be met. Pray for effective policies in areas of housing affordability, health, and education. Pray that people in our city would not be given over to despair or disunity, but to hope and consideration for the needs of those around them.

Pray for the ‘Inner City Ministries’ (ICM), which seeks to minister to ethnic minorities, especially the Nepalese and South-Asian communities in the Yau Tsim Mong area. Pray for Emmanuel and the team, for wisdom, provision and perseverance as they seek to care for the poor and share the love of Christ to them. Pray for that the needs of ethnic minorities would be understood and provided for, and that we would be generous in seeking to care for those who have little.

St Andrew’s

Pray for our daughter churches, Shatin Anglican church led by Rev Heewoo Han, and Resurrection Church in Sai Kung led by Rev Lucas Durant. Give thanks for these communities of faith. Pray for these communities, that they would be bound together in love and faith in Christ, that they would grow in maturity in Christ, that they would give active witness to their faith in him, and that they would seek to use their time, treasures and talents for God’s kingdom.

Pray for those in our community who are suffering in this time. For those burdened with extra responsibilities; those who are feeling the toll of loneliness and isolation; those who’ve lost work and income; the ill and the grieving. Pray for their provision and protection, for healing and hope, for their care and comfort in Christ. Pray that St Andrew’s can be a community of mutual care and support, providing practical care, and pointing one another to Jesus.

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