Hull Youth For Christ
Prayer Requests

April 2017

Hull Youth for Christ works in the Boulevard area of West Hull with links to other ministries across the city. Please support our work through prayer to see changes in the lives of young people and their families who face many challenging circumstances.

Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.
(Psalm 27:14 )

Please pray for:

The teenagers who attend our Youth Club. For the on-going conversations that are being had to share about Christ and for their engagement with the Prayer Pit, which is using the story of Narnia to inspire prayer and prompt reflection and questions.

A family that has just started attending Breakfast Club. The son has just been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and the family is struggling to cope. Please pray that we might be able to help meet some of their needs.

The team as they take time off over the Easter holidays -may they find rest and refreshment.

Continued impact of the Lent reflections upon our Breakfast Club families. We have been encouraged to see how well parents have responded and engaged with the mixture of reflections, bible verses, memes and challenges.

Our role in encouraging and inspiring other organisations and individuals to reach out with the Gospel and support those living in deprived communities, particularly with our on-going conversations with National YFC. Also thank God for the successful CMS mission training weekend for MA students who visited Matt's House to reflect on mission in different contexts.

The parenting course which will start at the end of April. Pray for the 6 Mum's who have signed up and for the four who are still considering it. Pray that it will not only be an opportunity to improve parenting practice but also for the opportunities it creates in encouraging parent's to nurture their whole selves; socially, physically and importantly spiritually.

Please pray for Matt's House:

Pray for Sam when at the start of April he will fly, alongside a few others, to Lampedusa (a little island south of Sicily) to visit camps where people fleeing north Africa seeking refuge are being held. The trip is organized by the Churches Together In Britain and Ireland. Please hold the trip in your prayers, especially the people that they are going to meet, and pray that they may be a positive presence there and come back and share what they have seen in a way that makes a difference.

Pray that the work on the house will begin and that it will all go smoothly.

Pray for Martin as he finishes of the chicken coup and welcomes its new residents.

Please pray on a:
Monday for Godly Play / Zone 3 2.30pm - 4.30pm and the Football session 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Tuesday for the Mum's group 9am - 11.30am and the Tuesday Meal 5pm - 8pm
Wednesday for Orts 10am - 12 noon and the Youth Club 4pm - 6pm, Orts 10am - 12 noon
Thursday for Schools work 9am-12pm, Orts 10am - 2.30pm
Friday for Schools Work 9am-12pm
and for the Breakfast Club which happens each school day 8am-9am

Give thanks for:

The Breakfast Club Easter family celebration where families walked from the Baptist Church to the Parish Hall meeting various characters who through drama shared the Easter story. Please pray that God continues to use all that they learnt and enjoyed from that, to reveal Himself to them this Easter.

For the incident-free and highly enjoyable trips for families to Eureka Children's Museum and Rebound Trampoline Centre for our Youth Club teenagers. May God continue to strengthen and build those relationships we have with everyone who attended.

Cathy and Laura from SEARCH who led the fantastic 'Our Place' course with 9 of our Breakfast Club mums. May we be able to build on and continue the profound process of confidence and identity building that the course has started.

Each month we will endeavor to share a bit more detail about a young person or adult that we supporting and ask you to pray for them as much as possible throughout the month. Names are changed to maintain confidentiality.

Prayer Focus - Sarah:

Five years ago we attended the funeral of a neighbour at the local crem, a fairly non-descript soulless-feeling space. We had known Jess for a number of years and had become good friends. We supported each other in many ways when we were new to the area (our children were of a similar age); she was from around here and so was able to show us the ropes. Jess worked on the streets and had a heroin addiction which she had started to manage with a daily Methadone prescription. She found out that she was pregnant and was concerned that the baby would be born addicted; we told her we would pray, and of course we did, but I think we were all surprised when the baby came into the world clean. She met a guy, stable and respectable who held down a good job and treated her like a princess. We went to her wedding full of hope for a new start, a new chapter where the old ways might get left behind. With great sadness, just days later we learned the marriage was over. It seems Jess's husband had played power games with her, manipulating the complete commitment of marriage and then walking away cold; it soon turned out he had gone down that road before.

It wasn't long before Jess was back on heroin and the streets working, and it wasn't long before we had her mum at our door telling us she was found dead from an overdose. The funeral was somewhat surreal: Alan, Jess's brother, was permitted day release from prison and entered the service flanked by two officers, shaved head, wearing a prison jump suit and heavily chained hand and foot. Tempers flared, arguments ensued and the ceremony became a farce, but what was real was the pain, the hopelessness, and for all of us the deep deep sadness and loss.

But this story isn't actually about Jess, it's about Sarah, her niece. She was seven at the time of her aunty's passing. Her own parents also both addicts struggling with life, Sarah's dad Pete was in and out of jail and mum drinking and using. We sat with Sarah at Jess's funeral. Could we show her that another world is possible, a world which Jesus inhabits and abides with us? Sarah has been a part of the Hull YFC family for many years now, early starts at breakfast club, camps in the summer and now at senior school she comes to our weekly youth club. In recent weeks she has felt the need to talk about her dad a lot, because this February we sat with Sarah at another funeral after her dad Pete died from an overdose. Is another world possible? We are defiant in hope, that God's kingdom is within Sarah's grasp, if we can live in it and live it out, if we can hold her as we both discover it and co-create it with Christ in this place.

"For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently". Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)

Thank you so much for your prayer support, it is such an encouragement to us and so vital for the work that we do here.

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