This Sunday we showed a video from Home For Good, highlighting the great need caused by the refugee crisis, and in particular its effects upon children.
Currently, 2 million children have left home due to fighting in Syria. In Europe there are already 10,000 refugee children alone without parents or any adults to protect them, and there are 3,000 unaccompanied children in the UK needing foster care.
Home For Good have released a rendition of In The Bleak Midwinter, rewritten to highlight the plight of refugees. You can watch the video below, and purchase the single through iTunes.
And here is the prayer we used on Sunday. You may find it helpful to fuel your own prayers over this Christmas period.
God of refuge and strength,
We pray for refugees and displaced people everywhere who are living in fear, fleeing danger and seeking safety. Would you be their strength and protector this Christmas time.
We ask for the provision of resources so that people’s needs may be met. And we pray for those who are providing aid, that you would strengthen them and enable them to get care to those who need it most.
We pray for protection, especially for those who are most vulnerable. We ask that you would protect unaccompanied children, guarding them from danger or exploitation. And would you provide loving homes for all who need them, in the UK, in Europe, and in other nations.
We pray that you would bring peace in warring countries and justice against oppressors. Give wisdom to Governments and leaders of the international community as they work to find solutions to this crisis. Would you give them clarity of mind and a caring and courageous spirit, and would you protect our world from further conflict over this Christmas period.
This Christmas time we remember you as the Prince of Peace, and we ask that you would extend your peace to our world, in anticipation of the day when you will make all things new.
In Jesus’ name,