Head of UK Evangelical Alliance Backs Weekend of Prayer for Children at Risk

More than two million Christians in over one hundred countries are expected to unite in an unprecedented weekend of prayer for children at risk on 3-4 June 2006.

“With half of the world's children 'at risk', we need God to intervene,” said Reverend Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance. “Join in the World Weekend of Prayer for Children at Risk in 2006, as God's people unite on their behalf.”

After ten years of success with the World Wide Day of Prayer for Children at Risk, this year will see record growth and expansion in the annual event. Viva Network in partnership with Oakseed Ministries and the Global Day of Prayer movement, will facilitate a unique worldwide prayer event for children at risk.

The weekend of prayer will highlight the terrible plight facing millions of children around the world. Last year more than 1.2 million people prayed during the World Wide Day of Prayer for Children at Risk, resulting in more than three million hours of prayer.

Many Christians will pray because of testimonies of answered prayer from previous years. HIV positive children have been healed, child soldiers have been released and governments have improved children’s lives through changes in legislation.

This year’s prayer theme is “Transform,” based on God’s promises in Isaiah 61. Viva Network has produced resources around this theme to help people pray over the weekend using stories, statistics and children’s activities–including a PowerPoint presentation and a service plan to help churches and individuals organising prayer events.

Whether you pray with your family over breakfast, hold a special prayer meeting at your church or meet in a football stadium, Viva Network would like to hear about it! Log on to www.viva.org/pray to register what you are doing and see what else is going on around the world.

“UNICEF called 2005 a year of unprecedented disasters for children,” said Edwards. “We must keep seeking God for protection and change in their lives.”

For more information on this year’s World Weekend of Prayer for Children at Risk, please go to www.viva.org/pray or email [email protected].

(This article was edited from a Viva Network news release.)