31st August 2019

Lifewords Prayer September 1 - 7

 

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.

He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied,

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Then they

spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.

At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then

immediately he and all his household were baptised. The jailer brought them into his

house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe

in God – he and his whole household.

Acts 16:29–34 NIV

God’s Spirit in us is a powerful thing. It changes us, shapes us, reveals who we were

created to be. It also spills out from us to impact our families, friends and communities.

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas find themselves in prison after an incident in Philippi. The

jailer who is guarding them asks what he must do to be saved. Paul and Silas tell him

to believe in Jesus. The jailer believes and is baptised. Then he experiences further

transformation: he cares for Paul and Silas – washing their wounds – and he is filled

with joy. Not something one would expect from a jailer who was asked to “guard them

carefully” (Acts 16:23). His actions are changed and so is his heart. And his family are

impacted by this transformation – they too believe and are baptised.

This month as we pray, we hear stories about people who have experienced God’s love

for them and God’s Spirit changing them. Then they share it with their families and

communities: young people who find healing through Pavement Project and whose

families are changed too; people who share good news using our resources and see

people impacted by God’s desire for relationship with them; churches and schools who

teach biblical values through Choose Life and see a whole generation start to think

differently about their opportunities and futures.

Welcome to the September edition of Lifewords Prayer. This month we hear an update

from our Pavement Project team, stories from people using Lifewords resources

around the world, and news from Lifewords Kenya. Please join us as we pray.

1–7 September

Pavement Project – restoring families

Pavement Project has spent the last 19 years reaching vulnerable children and their

families with the life-transforming power of the Bible. We have heard hundreds of

stories of how God’s Word has restored lives and changed perspectives. Pavement

Project is also helping children – having found restoration through the counselling

process – share God’s love and healing with their families.

 A Pavement Project worker shared a story of a girl from Paraguay who was self-harming: “Isabel*, a 16-year-old student, came to me very distressed and

asking for help. She had cut herself, wanting to end her life. Her parents had a lot of problems in their marriage, and it was affecting her. She looked

like a very scared girl. At the end of the counselling session she said she felt strong. I have been following Isabel since the session and she seems happier

and more confident. Her parents are undergoing marriage therapy with the high school chaplain and they say it is because their daughter went through the

green bag counselling.” Give thanks for the positive impact of Pavement Project on relationships and for the way it helps individuals, families, and communities

find hope and transformation.

 

 Another worker talked about the impact of the process on Lara* and her family: “She was a teenager who felt hatred towards her mother who abandoned her

and was also afraid her father would be killed because he was a drug user and was living on the streets. At every session with the green bag I felt Lara

was being shaped; she opened her heart and spoke of her mother in a more caring way. Her father came back home and got a job. Lara participated in a play

on the Passion of Christ and for the first time her father went to watch her and cried a lot. God has used Lara's life, and her father has already taken

another step and is now visiting the church. He is struggling to leave drugs and to stand firm in the presence of God, but Lara has impacted her father's

life.” Give thanks for how God’s love brought healing to Lara and gave her the strength to reach out to her father. Pray that God would give Lara and her

father what they need to have a healthy, happy and safe life together.

 

 Give thanks for the first ever Pavement Project training that took place in Acarigua, Venezuela last week. A number of street workers were trained in

how to use the green bag app. From 1–2 September, Cleisse Andrade from the Pavement Project team is training people on how to train others to use the green

bag and app. Please pray for this new territory for Pavement Project and for the new workers. Ask God to give them compassion, strength and resilience

for this ministry.


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