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Tearfund: Pray for the Government

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Dear Peter,

‘The God who loves us… is willing to give us hope and to use us to bring hope.’ Rev Les Isaac speaking at the UK Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast earlier this month

The past week has been a turbulent one for the UK Government. After a wave of resignations from more than 50 MPs and Boris Johnson’s announcement that he would step down, you might be wondering: What happens now?

One thing’s for sure: the climate crisis isn’t going anywhere. Millions of people in poverty are still relying on the UK and other governments to deliver on climate finance promises. This interruption in our politics will possibly delay action on these urgent issues, or push them further down the agenda.

But in Hebrews 6:19 God reminds us we have hope: ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.’ He is our anchor in times of uncertainty and change.

I encourage you to turn to our anchor and pray – on your own, or with friends or your small group. Please pray:

  • for peace and unity amid uncertainty
  • for wisdom for our political leaders, that they will be guided by God and act with integrity
  • for the UK Government to be a force for good, that they will respond to those most affected by the climate crisis and make decisions that care for, not harm, God’s creation
  • that climate finance promises will be fulfilled
  • that those living in poverty will have access to the finance and solutions they need to help them respond to the climate crisis



What else can I do?
You can still take action and speak out for those on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Why not write to your MP to remind them the climate crisis hasn’t gone away? 

And if you haven’t already done so, please sign and share our petition calling on the UK Government to influence other wealthy nations to deliver the $100 billion of climate finance they promised from 2020. We will be handing this petition to the new prime minister in the run-up to COP27 in November, so there’s still time to make a difference by adding your voice.

Sign the petition

You can also give to our Time to Deliver appeal. By making a donation, you can help those most affected by the climate crisis access climate solutions through Tearfund’s network of partners and local churches.

Every blessing, 

Naomi Witherick
Tearfund Action

PS Take a look at Tearfund's new report – Dying to adapt: A comparison of African healthcare spending and climate adaptation costs. It finds some African countries could face climate adaptation costs up to five times higher than their healthcare spend – despite having contributed the least to the climate crisis. The report supports our Time to Deliver campaign, and we're excited that it's been covered in The Guardian today! Please pray for it to reach the right audiences and have a positive impact.
 

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Posted on 14 Jul 2022