11th August 2018

Lifewords Prayer August 12 - 18

 

International Youth Day

On 12th August 2000 the United Nations held the first International Youth Day to celebrate the contributions made by young people in education, employment, conflict resolution, social justice, and more. Since then it has become an annual event.

 

* This year’s theme is "Safe Spaces for Youth". Governments across the globe have recognised that not having enough safe, inclusive, welcoming, and non-judgmental spaces is one of the challenges faced by many young people today. Our youth platform VerseFirst recognises this too. VerseFirst works to provide young people with a safe, open space online where Bible verses are shared, alongside blog articles with character-building challenges. Give thanks for VerseFirst as it invites young people to experience Jesus’ love, care and generosity for their lives.

 

* In addition to the online platforms, VerseFirst provides a range of Bible booklets and postcards. Jake from Canterbury says, "Last summer I attended Limitless Christian Festival where one of the speakers spoke to us about their journey with anxiety and gave us free copies of VerseFirst’s Little Book of Chaos to take home. Almost a year later I still go back to this booklet, because of how healing it’s been for me. I find it so hard to express myself sometimes, but having this booklet has made room for conversation, and lets me know that it’s ok to not be ok. And whether I’m having a rough day or not, I still look to God." Praise God for the unique and individual ways young people are connecting with the Bible and learning to put their faith, trust and hope in God.

 

* For some young people school can be a distressing time where they feel scared or vulnerable. Please pray for children and teenagers around the world to experience peace at school. Pray that they may connect and engage with someone they trust if they are feeling apprehensive about situations in their lives, and that more safe spaces become accessible to help accommodate the needs of young people worldwide.

 

Please visit www.versefirst.com <https://global.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4bb2690302f87e09194c69f96&id=bbb1eda95c&e=1222455c69> to find out more, or follow @versefirst on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.


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