18 September 2012
Christian charities on their way to Wembley
Samaritan's Purse will be leading prayers for some of the poorest and most vulnerable children around the world.
"With just over two weeks to go until NDOP we are really excited to be part of this historic event, where we will be highlighting the plight of some of the neediest children around the globe," said Samaritan's Purse UK executive director Simon Barrington.
On 29 September, as tens of thousands of Christians gather together at Wembley, there will be a time of prayer for the children in over 105 countries who'll be receiving gift-filled shoeboxes through this year's Operation Christmas Child campaign.
Tearfund will also be joining thousands of Christians at the event. David Westlake, director of integral mission at the charity, said: "We'll join together in prayer for some of the world's poorest communities – families, widows and orphans – for whom hunger is a daily reality.
"As Christians we have a responsibility to challenge the injustices of hunger and poverty, and prayer is an incredibly powerful way to do that."
Simon Barrington of Samaritan's Purse added: "We're also coming together to praise God and celebrate all that's been done through the 94 million shoeboxes that have been delivered to needy children through Operation Christmas Child over the past 22 years. Every shoebox delivered, each one an act of compassion, is an opportunity to share God's love and for Churches overseas to point children to Jesus Christ as their saviour at Christmas."
Before Simon leads the thousands gathered at Wembley in a time of prayer, a special children's choir will perform a song specially written for the day, that highlights the plight of the world's poorest children, followed by a series of video presentations that will look at the impact of the work of Samaritan's Purse in Nepal helping the victims of trafficking and also looking at the work of Operation Christmas Child in Mongolia.
Simon said: "Our hope is that those gathered at Wembley will be challenged and inspired to continue to be praying for and acting on behalf of those who are orphaned, living in poverty and disease and victims of trafficking."
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