Resources Prayers This Week in Prayer: Feba UK Feba UK works with partners and communities across Africa, Asia and the Middle East to transform lives using life-giving media. As followers of Jesus, we believe that media can be used to bring hope and change to communities in need. SUNDAY 22nd December On this fourth Sunday in Advent we give thanks for Dan McNamara who joined as Feba’s ‘Head of Supporter Engagement’ in late November, and for Sheila Leech who will be joining in mid-January as ‘Head of International Ministry’. These are two key posts in the team, so we look forward to seeing how God will use each of them in the coming months to help shape and strengthen Feba’s work with UK supporters and overseas partners. Please pray they would settle quickly and their network of relationships – both internally and externally – would develop well. MONDAY 23rd December After many months of false hope, with abandoned plans from several prospective purchasers of our building Skywaves House, we hope and pray that the most recent interested party will proceed to completion. Whilst we have yet to exchange contracts, we are hopeful for a sale in early 2020. Please continue to pray for the sale process and for God’s leading as we seek a new home. We give thanks for God’s provision of Skywaves House and the way it has served Feba’s ministry for over 30 years. TUESDAY 24th December Assuming Feba relocates in 2020, the process of vacating Skywaves House and re-establishing our office somewhere new will be a significant undertaking. Please pray that all the practical details would be clearly thought-through and managed well. Please also pray for the staff, specifically the impact that any move will have on the team in terms of their commute and the office environment itself. As a small team, the upheaval of any more will inevitably be unsettling; we pray for God’s comfort and strength, grace and patience during this time of transition. WEDNESDAY 25th December On Christmas Day, we wish you much joy and happiness as you celebrate Christ’s birth – the greatest gift we could ever ask for. Please join us in praying for our partners this Christmas time, including those for whom celebrating Christ’s birth is extremely challenging due to constraints in their contexts. We give thanks that we stand together today as brothers and sisters in Christ’s family, whilst acknowledging that our personal experiences are so very different. We pray that the joy and wonder of Christ’s birth would reach into even the most dark and difficult places. THURSDAY 26th December The Christmas season is the only time in the year when the entire UK staff team has leave concurrently. At the end of a busy year and with significant changes planned in 2020, please pray that the festive season would be a time of good rest for everyone – that all would be recharged physically, emotionally and spiritually. Please pray for special times with families and remember those for whom Christmas is difficult, especially for those missing loved ones. FRIDAY 27th December The Board of Trustees carry a great deal of responsibility for the oversight of Feba’s ministry. We give thanks for their dedicated service and for the various complementary skills and abilities they bring to bear on all sorts of governance matters. Please pray they would govern wisely, particularly in light of an increasingly complex and demanding operating environment for charities and Christian organisations in the UK. SATURDAY 28th December The shape of Feba’s ministry portfolio is reviewed often, but changes are not made lightly. As we continue to explore how our relationship with the FEBC International Association and other partners should evolve, please pray that we would make wise decisions about the projects we support directly, seeking always the advance of God’s kingdom and His glory. There is always great need or opportunity for ministry that we can resource, and we seek to invest well in impactful work. SUNDAY 29th December Feba’s church partners play a vitally important role in our work. We give thanks for the church leaders, missions groups, and members of congregations in churches across the UK with whom we have relationships, for all their interest, encouragement and support. Feba’s ministry is undergirded with prayer, and our church relationships are key to that. We are considering how we can best engage with churches to foster even closer bonds, so please pray that we forge some more, new special links with key contacts over the coming months. MONDAY 30th December As we approach the end of 2019, we give special thanks for Feba’s Diamond Anniversary year. Over the past 12 months we have reflected on the ministry of the previous 60 years with a spirit of thankfulness and also dedication; we have much to celebrate, but we’re very aware that there is more to be done as we look to the future – and that was certainly the tone of our celebration event in June. Please pray that we would remain strong and focused, seeking always to discern and follow God’s will for Feba as we play our part in His mission. TUESDAY 31st December The opening verses of Hebrews 12 are well known: ‘And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.’ On the eve of this New Year, these words are a timely reminder of our primary focus and a call to action – with clear reference to the ‘perseverance’ required. Please pray that we would each have that focus and determination as look forward to 2020. (In a very literal sense, please also pray for Feba’s CEO, Bob Chambers, as he prepares for the London Marathon - which he is running in April to raise money for Feba. You can find out more at www.feba.org.uk/marathon).