March 2016 Prayer Diary

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
- James 5:16

DAY 1. Pray for all the thousands of children and families in Nigeria whose lives are being touched through our projects. Pray that they will know the peace that comes from trusting in Christ, that they will see life with the eyes of faith and fix their gaze on Him alone..

DAY 2. A new report by the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, says the majority of Nigerian children suffer violent abuse. The report paints says that 6 out of 10 children experience some form of violence before they turn 18, with half of them experiencing sexual and emotional abuse before the age of 11. ADVANCE continues to raise awareness in local communities and churches and trains children workers in basic child protection and social work skills so that children in their care are better protected. Pray that ADVANCE will further be equipped to speak up for justice, raise public concern and effectively address issues of child abuse.

‘Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.’ - 1 Corinthians 13:13

DAY 3. Please pray that God blesses our efforts to serve youth in Ogugu and those seeking life-skills advancement at the Donegore Centre. Pray that our dynamic vocational and skills training programmes will be enriching and bring them closer to fulfilling their dreams.

DAY 4. Pray that all ADVANCE staff and volunteers have a refreshed and joyful heart daily to serve our clients across Nigeria. May our beneficiaries be inspired and feel God’s blessings through our service. Amen!.

‘And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.’ - Philippians 4:19

DAY 5. Ask God to provide the funds necessary for ADVANCE to carry out its various community projects, to mobilise the UEC churches to support local programmes carried out by their local Community Action Teams. Pray that the National Church office will commit itself to funding some projects, mainstreaming the objectives of ADVANCE, and promoting awareness of ADVANCE work across its institutions in Nigeria.

DAY 6. Many children from our Circle of Hope Child Sponsorship Programme will be siting for their second-term examinations this March. Pray that all of them will concentrate on their studies and attain the best results they deserve.

DAY 7. ADVANCE is participating in various activities holding this month that advocates support for the marginalized and the oppressed in various locations across the country. Pray that God will instil, inspire and impart His word to every Christian’s heart; and jointly spread concern and compassion as the body of Christ.

‘“My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.’ - Isaiah 54:10

Day 8. The families under our Family Support Programme and Hadassah Project face great challenges in bringing up their children who have to daily trek to school, fulfil challenging cultural demands, and adapt to poor teaching and education methods. In light of this, our Life Skills Centre organizes series of activities to enrich the children. Pray for a successful outcome so that their lives will be changed for the better through these efforts and that they will find God as the pillar of truth and wisdom.

Day 9. The light of God’s love pierces every dark and hidden corner, and brings into the light issues such as child pornography, child trafficking, accusations of witchcraft and other forms of abuse. Pray that those who abuse and hurt children in Nigeria will encounter the light of Christ and be changed from the inside out.

Day 10. Notwithstanding our tight financial budget, our Hadassah Project coordinator and team strive to work with our clients in fine-tune their micro-businesses through counselling and troubleshooting challenges and other pressing issues in their lives. Pray for God’s continuous guidance and inspiration. Pray also that the clients will seize the opportunity to optimize the loans, knowledge and skills they get to enrich themselves and realize their dreams.

‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ - John 8:12b

Day 11. We are in the process of reviewing our five-year strategic plan and partnership strategies. Please pray for God’s presence and perspective for the best solution to cater to the staff, the organization as a whole, partnership with the united Evangelical Church and our present and furute clients.

Day 12. Pray that this year’s Easter time will be an opportunity for the millions of children in Nigeria who do not know Jesus to hear and learn about him. Please pray that the children we work with in different communities across the country will have a revelation of Jesus as their Saviour and welcome him into their lives as their friend and Lord.