Mildenhall Anglican Church

Prayer focus – Refugees and homeless

Refugees in many parts of the world are suffering, and now as winter takes hold the problems are increasing for those in the cramped, makeshift dwellings in camps, they suffer from the cold, hunger and illness, having left their homes and possessions to flee conflict in their own country

Christmas is a special time of the year for most of us, but for refugees in Lebanon and across the middle east it will be a nightmare unless something is done for them..

The Ipswich Winter Night Shelter will run from 13/11/19 to 30/3/20. The shelter accommodates up to twelve people per night, and provides a warm and safe place for guests. Guests can freshen up, enjoy a hot nourishing dinner, spend the evening in a warm and safe place, share time in friendly company, sleep in a clean and comfortable bed and eat a good breakfast in the morning before they depart for the day. Pray for all the staff and volunteers who make this possible

Lord, Hear our prayer today for all women and men, boys and girls who are homeless this day.

For those sleeping under bridges, on park benches, in doorways or bus stations. For those who can only find shelter for the night but must wander in the daytime. For families broken because they could not afford to pay the rent. For those who have no relatives or friends who can take them in. For those who have no place to keep possessions that remind them who they are. For those who are afraid and hopeless. For those who have been let down by society For all these people, pray that shelter, security and hope will be provided Pray that those of us with warm houses not be lulled into complacency and forgetfulness. Jesus, help us to see your face in the eyes of every homeless person we meet so that we may be empowered through word and deed,and through all the means we have, to bring justice and peace to those who are homeless. Amen