‘And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.’ 2 Corinthians 9:8
It’s so amazing to be able to share good news with you! We know how faithfully you pray with us for situations that seem impossibly dark; it’s our pleasure to invite you to join us in thanking God for three ways in which he has richly blessed us.
Much of Mervyn’s work championing human rights and freedom of religion or belief is detailed in his new book, Standing Up, Speaking Out: 40 Years of Fighting Injustice, which provides a fascinating look at the early years of CSW. Buy Mervyn’s book now for just £8.99 plus p&p.
You can also call the office on +44(0)20 8329 0010 to order over the phone.
On 26 December, the UK Foreign Secretary ordered a review into the plight of persecuted Christians around the world, which will also offer recommendations for a ‘cohesive and comprehensive’ response through UK government policy. After joining a select group of advisors to meet with the Foreign Secretary just before Christmas, we welcome this news and look forward to working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on it.
In summary, please pray:
- Thanking God for this amazing recognition of Mervyn’s work defending freedom of religion or belief.
- That the publication of Mervyn’s book will help raise awareness of freedom of religion or belief.
- For CSW’s contributions to the government review into the plight of persecuted Christians, and ongoing work to raise freedom of religion or belief concerns with parliamentarians in the UK.
Join us as we continue to commit CSW’s work to God for 2019 and beyond. Our manifesto sets out the heartbeat of our ministry: what we stand for, what we believe in and the foundations of what we do. Pray with us as we journey through our manifesto this week.
Sunday 6 January
We believe everyone has the right to justice. Heavenly Father, the God of justice, we ask for your blessing on our work for those facing injustice because of their religion or belief around the world. No one deserves to
face injustice because of the religion or belief they choose, and we ask for your divine wisdom as we stand against injustice. Amen.
Monday 7 January
We believe no one should suffer discrimination, harassment or persecution because of their beliefs. Lord, when we think of everyone who suffers unjustly because of their religion or belief, it seems overwhelming: but each and every person is known to you. We commit CSW to you, and ask you to guide and strengthen them in the year ahead as they stand as a voice for justice and freedom. Amen.
Tuesday 8 January
We believe your voice holds unimaginable power and can save lives. Thank you, Father God, for giving us a voice an equipping us to use that voice in the defence of persecuted Christians. Thank you that our prayers and actions can save lives. Help us to speak out for justice wherever and whenever we can. Amen.
Wednesday 8 January
We believe our research and analysis enable policymakers to stand up for freedom of religion or belief. Thank you for the tireless and dedicated work of CSW’s advocates and partners, as they gather evidence and
provide unique analysis of the FoRB situation around the world. Bless their work, we pray, and grant them energy and strength. Amen.
Thursday 10 January
We believe everyone deserves to have their story heard. Every story CSW has ever uncovered, of tragedy and loss, triumph and perseverance, is known personally to you, Lord. We commit the people concerned to you again, and ask for abundant spiritual and physical resources to bring these stories to the highest levels of power. Amen.
Friday 11 January
We believe in mobilising activists to bring change. Thank you so much for the resources and activists you have blessed us with, Lord. In every step we can see your provision for our work through our Ambassadors,
supporters and partners: we’re so grateful for each and every one of them. Amen.
Saturday 12 January
We believe in the power of prayer to bring change. Thank you Lord for hearing each and every prayer lifted to you on behalf of CSW, and those whom they serve. Thank you that we can bring everything we do
to you. Remind us to keep committing everything to you in prayer, and to rely on your strength rather than our own. Amen.