28 April 2016
Small but mighty: call for prayer for children at risk
Christians around the world will come together in June for the 2016 World Weekend of Prayer for children at risk.
The theme of the weekend, which takes place over 4 - 5 June, is 'small but mighty'.
Churches are being encouraged to enable the children in their congregations to lead prayers for children at risk.
Andrew Dubock, communications manager at Viva, said: "God uses children to change nations. No one is too small or insignificant in His eyes! The Bible is full of children used by God and children who've overcome the odds to become great men and women of God.
"Today, children are born into situations of great risk of abuse, trafficking, disease, disaster, early death – yet are being used by God to share His love and to change society.
"Our desire is to turn to God together in prayer for a change of attitude and action by all communities around the world towards their children."
"The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly." (Isaiah 60: 22)
People from more than 40 countries will gather together on the first weekend in June to pray for children around the world who are at risk.
An initiative of Viva, there are resources available for churches and groups to use as they pray. Viva is calling on Christians to pray for:
· Children who feel neglected and forgotten would experience lasting change in their lives, receiving genuine love and compassion.
· God would turn around the thoughts and actions of those adults who look down on, ignore or even despise children.
· Child leaders would be raised up and anointed as ambassadors for Christ: committed in prayer, selfless in action and spiritual in their decisions.