The Great British Summer

Tirzah L Jones

In the middle of August and in Herefordshire at least, the rain was coming down in torrents, the thunder was rolling and the lightening was flashing, oh and we had some localised flooding (my church car park an impressive example!) Not a great summer weather-wise.

Yet in all this weather up and down the country there has been much gospel outreach to children and young people.

There have been camps, beach missions, summer teams and Holiday Bible Clubs. We’re British we carry on rain or shine! And this is fantastic; we praise God for these opportunities.

Yet what about the post-evangelism lull, that short time between ending one outreach and planning the next? Do we remember to pray as much? Your children’s and youth workers need just as much prayer (often more) during the regular week to week ministry as they do in the big outreach events.

Remember those you have met, and pray for the individual children and their families. What about the other massive influence on our children’s lives? School! How often do we pray for our local school? Pray for the teachers and head teachers, the classroom assistants and the midday supervisors. What an impact a school could have on the lives of its children if there was a large, solid base of Christian staff.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4