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Prayer needs for this week - Saturday 25 November

Dear Peter

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17

We’re so blessed to be able to count ourselves ‘citizens of Heaven’ (Philiipans 3:20): subjects of a divine King who knows us intimately and who cares for us with the love of a father and the authority of a sovereign. However, there are many around the world whose earthly governments don’t recognise them as citizens of the country in which they live: this disconnects them from society and forces them to effectively live as ghosts. With no birth certificates, they are unable to get jobs, travel freely or even be buried in an official cemetery after they die.

Their life would leave no official record that they existed at all.

Today we can give thanks to God that just a few weeks ago Indonesia’s Constitutional Court ruled that people from religious minorities should be allowed to state their faith on their ID cards. There are around 450 minority faiths, so this affects millions of people, who will finally be able to register their faith on their ID cards. For many, this will mean receiving an identity card for the first time, allowing them to register their marriage and their children’s births, apply for healthcare, government jobs, and so much more. This is really encouraging news that will have a huge impact.

In summary, please pray:

  • Thanking God for this ruling that is good news for so many in Indonesia
  • That this would be the beginning of more positive change for religious minorities
  • That those in other countries who face similar troubles being recognised, such as the Rohingya in Burma, would have similar good news.

Stuart Windsor

You may have already heard of the death of our Special Ambassador, Rev Stuart Windsor, who passed away at his home on 17 September. As tributes and messages poured in, we were reminded again of how special a man Stuart was, with an enormous heart for God’s people and a deep and genuine love of Jesus. Stuart touched so many lives over the last quarter of a century of working for CSW: his loss is sorely felt. 

Each day this week features a tribute from someone who knew Stuart. Please use each tribute to inspire you to give thanks for his legacy and to pray for his widow Ethel, their children Elizabeth and Stuart, and their grandchildren. 

Sunday 

“He was passionate about his faith, and people loved him for it. He was an incredible man of prayer, and he firmly believed everybody’s prayers counted and made a difference. Anyone who knew Stuart would know that he often quoted “The prayer of a righteous person availeth much” (James 5:16), to encourage us in our prayers.” – Mervyn Thomas

Monday 

“A man with a heart full of love has departed this world that is so increasingly filled with hate. He had a love of people, a passion for human rights and freedom of religion or belief, an absurd but hilarious sense of humour, and an ability to motivate people by his enthusiasm. He was a friend of everyone, whatever your religion, because he was motivated by love.”– Benedict Rogers

Tuesday 

“When I met Stuart at CSW he made me feel at home immediately. He did his best to speak Russian to me and he knew all Russian villages better than I did! I will never forget the words of encouragement he has given to me over the last 12 years of knowing him. When I needed his advice or help he was always there to help. I am going to miss him massively. I loved him very much.” – Luda 

Wednesday 

“Stuart taught me to embrace life in a full way, brought so much life into the CSW family and through Christ, has brought life to so many all over the world. Even now, I can hear him say how he would start every phone call, ‘Ruthie, it is so good to hear you, God bless you my friend.’”– Ruth Donaldson

Thursday 

“Rest in peace Stuart Windsor. If I can live my life with a fraction of the strength, courage, determination, integrity, compassion and joy that you did, I will be rich indeed. Thank you. ‘Christ in you the hope of glory.’”– Scot Bower

Friday 

“He would do anything for anyone at any time. His heart was for the suffering, and he poured himself into the fight against injustice. A colossal loss – to his family and friends, to the Church worldwide, and to the cause of human rights.”– Khataza Gondwe

Saturday 

Lord of all comfort, thank you so much for the life of your servant Stuart, who now stands with you in glory. Thank you for everything that he achieved in the struggle against injustice, and for the thousands of lives he touched and people he loved. Please comfort, encourage and strengthen his family as they remember this extraordinary man. May his memory be a blessing. Amen.

 

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Posted on 25 Nov 2017

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