October Prayer Diary

Thanks for your prayers for September. I’m not sure where the month went… I’ve just come back from a renewal retreat looking at identity and authenticity! Its so important we know who we are IN Christ and also that we are real. I know with young people they automatically see through you if you’re not being real!

Please keep praying for our two new interns. It’s such a privilege to work with them! They are already having such an impact on the work and bringing new ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop throughout the year and the impact they will have in individuals lives.

Also do pray for Saturday as we have our second ABLAZE NOW event in Penrith (a Cumbria wide youth event) and there’s over 100 young people booked on.

If you could pray for Tommy our previous intern. His dad has an operation soon. Message me if you want to know when.

All is well personally for us. We are settling into our new home. Mart is working hard on his photography and architecture. We are still overwhelmed by Gods faithfulness to us!

Thanks for your prayers.  October Youth Prayer Diary

Vic

Victoria Sekasi

Furness Network Youth Minister, The Journey

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New Interns working with Youth Minister

Vic has introduced two new interns this month.  Here is a summary:

“Hello, my name is Thomas, I’m turning 20 in September. I come from a small town in Norway, and I really looking forward to meeting you guys. I really enjoy playing music, I play piano, guitar and sing, and hopefully I can teach you some of it. I chose to travel to England because I wanted to share what I have gotten, in such as my journey with God, or my experience. And I love to be around new people, to talk with them and help them in anyway possible.”

 “Hi, my name is Henriette Marie Saga, but almost everybody just calls me Saga. I’m 21 years old and from a small town south in Norway. I love to have something to do and I really love sports, and my favourite is handball. I also like singing and dancing. I believe that this year will give me new experience and new friends.  

 I really looking forward to meet you all in England and to be able to spend this year with you all.”

Pray for Thomas and Saga.  Pray for youth.

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Stand in the gap and pray

A week ago on Sunday, Pamela introduced the concept of praying for five people to come to Christ.  A helpful reminder was in the form of 5 key fobs that were passed out to everyone.  Here’s a picture of a bracelet that offers an additional opportunity to the one who is brave enough to wear it.  I think it might attract a few stares and questions and isn’t this a perfect time to share your faith story.

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I hope everyone is engaged in expectant prayer out there.  Having read the words of Ezekiel 22:30 yesterday, I read the faith story of Kathi Mills, who had a friend who stood in the gap and prayed for her in hospital.  Kathi actually heard her friend telling the doctor that she would not only survive but walk out and live for God one day.  Well five years later, she gave her life to Christ.  Don’t stop praying!  I am awed at the privilege and power of prayer.

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Join us in The Great Wave of Prayer

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has called on all churches across the land to participate in a week of prayer, from 8 to 15 May.  You are invited to join the following events taking place in Coniston. 

St. Andrew’s Church, Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Open Prayer Space, 11:00 to 12:00; 12:30 to 15:00

Time Out, Prayer & Praise, 12:00 to 12:30

Why pray?  Christians believe that ‘prayer changes things’, and we are all very aware of the need for peace and hope in our world which is trying to cope with so many issues of local, national and international concern.  Even the scientific and  medical communities have recognised that when people are prayed for, even if not believers themselves, their recovery record is consistently better than those who were not open to prayer.

The Prayer Space is in the body of the warm church and is there for anyone to pop in at any time.  You may wish to sit quietly and reflect in peace, write a prayer on a tag and attach it to the prayer tree, light a candle for someone you care for or just ‘be’. There is usually someone there to talk to or pray with if you wish to, but that choice will be yours.

Time Out is for those who want to come together with others to focus on a theme in an active spirit of worship with music and prayer.  Time to listen to God.

Often when crisis strikes we can feel helpless or even hopeless, not knowing what to do to help…when that happens…we can always pray!

‘Fear not for I am with you,

Be not dismayed for I am your God,

I will strengthen you, I will help you,

I will uphold you with my victorious right hand’

Isaiah 41:10

So let’s do something positive, and ‘pop-in and pray!’

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Prayer Diary March 2016

If God is for us, who can be against us! Romans 8:31

Vic has put together the March diary to pray for the youth of Furness Deanery. 

Thought for the month from Tommy
Let’s be honest. Being a Christian isn’t always easy. Some would even say it is harder to be a Christian sometimes. We suffer, we experience hard times and pain. But is this God punishing us? No, I don’t believe it is. I believe it is God trying to wake us up! Trying to awaken us from this world and to acknowledge Him and seek to be with Him. In the book The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren quotes C.S. Lewis and says “Pain is God’s megaphone. It is God’s way of arousing us from spiritual lethargy. Your problems are not punishment; they are wake-up calls from God.” He wants us to wake up! To be awake together with Him in an intimate friendship.

Prayer Diary March 2016

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The Journey, February 2016

Vic Sekasi has put together the latest Youth Prayer Diary, February 2016 .

Her latest letter is full of news and some call for personal prayer.  Her Father is suffering from a personality changing dementia and Tommy’s Dad has a rare condition which has caused his aorta to expand to double the normal size with surgery required down the road.  Health issues are never easy so pray for healing and God’s hand to open doors in these difficult times.

Some highlights from January, with the remainder of this directly from Vic:

  •  Building a team to organise the annual youth weekend away. It was great to hear all the amazing feedback from the young people from last year and then to see how great and committed the leadership team is to enabling the young people to explore the Christian faith.
  • Being involved with Meeting Point (youth group in Broughton). We had a great leaders meeting this term followed by a great quiz. I loved seeing the leaders and young people having fun together and being competitive.
  • It was great to see Charlie again. We had a great time catching up and also we went to see Lexi (one of the young people in hospital with anorexia). Do pray for Lexi as she has had a difficult month and has had a blip and lost weight again.
  • We had some amazing testimonies at EMPOWER. It was great to hear how God had rescued 2 teenage girls from depression and suicide.
  • We had a great opportunity to go into John Ruskin school in Coniston and do an assembly on BIG Questions. We got the whole school to write down a question – If God did exist what would you ask? We then started a club the following Thursday and had 16 turn up from every age group. We are using their questions to theme the club.
  • Tommy led a great session on family at NJOY which was quite challenging for me never mind the young people. It’s exciting to see his gifts develop and grow.

In February we are looking forward to:

  •  Seeing some of the young people from the Youth alpha course we helped run at Low Furness get confirmed in Urswick. Do pray for Lily & Daniel
  • A relaxing break ;-).
  • Seeing the Big Questions at Coniston develop
  • Thwaites Youth as we haven’t met yet since Christmas!
  • Preparing ourselves spiritually as we go into the season of lent

Can you also pray for UVHS and Millom as they haven’t got back to me about the emails I’ve sent about lessons and prayer spaces.

Thanks again for all your prayers.

GB

Vic (& Tommy)

Victoria Sekasi

Furness Network Youth Minister

The Journey

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