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13 May 2020: Prayer for EfL
   Wednesday, May 13, 2020

 
                                   Prayer for Equipping for Life
 
Heavenly Father, we thank you for this new ministry, Equipping for Life, which has been launched on the Shankill Road and other areas.  Thank you for bringing it into being, and for the work that has been done so far.  We pray for all the schools which have given us such a warm welcome.  Thank you for the good work being done by so many dedicated teachers and staff in these areas.  Lord, by your grace, may our presence in these schools be a blessing to the children and to their parents.
Thank you, Lord, for the guidance You have given us as to the way ahead.  As we continue to give this ministry to You, may You continue to bless all of our endeavours.  And in everything, Lord, may You be lifted up and glorified.  In Jesus' name we ask this.  Amen
 
During this period of lockdown may the good Lord be your constant companion and best Friend.
 
                                             David Jardine
April/May 2020 Prayer Topics
APRIL/MAY 2020 Prayer Topics

CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOLS
That their health may be protected and that the enforced break will not damage their educational prospects.

STAFF OF THE SCHOOLS
Head Teachers
Pray for the children you personally are taking for reading
Pray for the families of the children

CORONA VIRUS
That the Lord will protect us from this virus and that soon it will be overcome
Pray for those who have the virus
Those who have been bereaved because of it
Health service staff and others in the service industry

EQUIPPING for LIFE
Give thanks for the quality of people the Lord is giving us as Volunteers. Pray that all of them will come back when the emergency is over.
Setting up Homework Clubs
Exploring taking young people in secondary schools for reading
Possibly starting up in East Belfast

CHRISTIAN LITERATURE
We have £5000 worth of books to give to the children
That these books will be a blessing to the children and help them to grow in their relationship with God
Jenny Hurst and Heather Boyd distributing the books

NEW AREAS
Rathcoole (3 new schools). Rev. Billy Davison and Rev. Ruth Patterson organisers.
Lisburn (2 new schools ). Rev. Arthur Young organiser.
Taughmonagh Primary School (Head Teacher Mrs. Janet Douds )
Wheatfield P.S. in the Ardoyne (Head Teacher Emma Clark)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS for David Jardine
That we will find plenty of these when the schools start again
That through these engagements we will find plenty of new VTs
That there will be engagements for team members as well

OTHER IMPORTANT AREAS OF THE MINISTRY
In the areas where we work people suffered a great deal during the Troubles. This suffering has increased their lack of motivation. Pray for the healing of hurts.
That the talent of the children will be fulfilled.
That the website, run by Heather Boyd, Jennifer Dwyer and Alan Graham will start to build up a big following.
Finances—that the Lord will provide all the money needed to run the ministry

Guidance for David Jardine as he plans the way forward
Pat Hutchinson doing all the administration, a very big job
Colin Dickenson as Development Manager
Tommy Stewart as our very valued advisor
Gordon Bell, Chairman of the Board of EfL
April 2020: A Prayer for EfL
A Prayer for Equipping for Life
Heavenly Father, we thank you for this new ministry, Equipping for Life, which has been launched on the Shankill Road. Thank you for bringing it into being, and for the work that has been done so far. We pray for all the schools which have given us such a warm welcome. Thank you for the good work being done by so many dedicated teachers and staff in this area. Lord, by your grace, may our presence in the schools be a blessing to the children, to the young people and also to their parents.

We pray for the work we have become involved in with Impact Training, and for any future ventures that they may grow and flourish.

As we plan towards the future we give all of this work to you and pray, Lord, that through it You will be lifted up and glorified, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
April 2020: A Community of Prayer
One of the blessings of being isolated at the moment is, that if you are a person of faith, you have a great deal of time for prayer. This is a subject which has not been mentioned nearly enough in the public debate about corona virus - the power of prayer. We all know that at times of anxiety prayer is comforting. But I believe that it is much more than that. Through prayer, and God's response to it, He can change the whole situation. I have found that when praying for people who are sick they normally receive a real measure of peace, and the whole healing process is quickened up. And sometimes miracles happen....On May 26, 1940 King George V1 called for a National Day of Prayer in Britain. People were terrified that they were going to be invaded by Germany. So millions responded to the King's call and came out to pray in thousands of churches. Two significant events immediately followed. First of all a violent storm arose over Dunkirk and the German aircraft were unable to take off. Secondly, the sea was calmer than it had been for a generation. This allowed the fleet of small boats to get right in to the French coast. The result was that 338,000 soldiers were rescued instead of the projected 30,000.

We can look for a similar response from God concerning the corona virus. On Palm Sunday, 5th April, Church leaders and some prayer ministries asked people all over the country to pray for an hour between 3 and 4pm. They reckon that tens of thousands responded. I noticed that for the next 4 days the number of deaths in Northern Ireland from corona virus dropped. What I think we all need to do now is continue to pray, most of us in our own homes. Taking time to pray, praying as we watch the news on TV, listen to the radio, read the papers. If enough people pray enough, then the surge which we are told is definitely coming, can be weakened and driven back.
March 2020: A Letter from Brother David
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August 2019: A letter from Brother David
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Prayer and News 14 May 2020
   Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Hello, Brothers and Sisters, I hope you are still coping well with lockdown.  The good weather has been a blessing to us, especially if we have some space around the house where we can take fresh air.
During the past week I have gone back to spending time listening to God.  I asked Him to give me some guidance on the way forward for Equipping for Life.  I felt that He gave me three things: Firstly, He told me not to limit the ministry just to the areas where we are working now, or about to go in to. He said to start to take the ministry to the whole of Northern Ireland.  Secondly, I asked Him for guidance on how to get involved in working with teenagers.  He said to go through the Secondary schools.  The structure there would enable us to make a meaningful contribution.  Thirdly, I felt the Lord telling me to form a group of  'Friends of Equipping for Life '  - individual people, groups, churches, clergy, organisations - receiving our communications, promoting the ministry, possibly praying for us and making a financial contribution.
I then felt the Lord say that this is enough in the meantime.  All of these activities will require a lot of work to get them up and running.
I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you would like to make about this proposed way forward in the short term.
 
SOME OTHER MATTERS
 
1 East Belfast
Bishop David McClay has given us a warm welcome to come and work in East Belfast.  I feel that in the days to come he will be a good friend to the ministry.
 
2   Spiritual food on the radio and internet
On Sunday past I listened to the service on Radio 4 at 8.10am.  Then I listened to the service on Radio Ulster at 10.15am.  At 11am I went Livestream with Lowe Memorial Presbyterian Church.  All were excellent.  There is a lot of very rich spiritual food available on the media at the moment.
 
3 Friends of Equipping for Life
Could you start to think about people, clergy, churches, organisations who could become Friends of EfL?  Before very long we could start to contact them.
 
4 Website
I think our website has some very good stuff on it at the moment.  Could I ask you please to recommend it to your friends?  Encourage them to visit it.  I think the section on profiles is particularly good.
I am doing a short video on the website today Wednesday at 2pm.  It should be up a short time after that. www.equippingforlife.org.uk 
 
5 Prayer for our Land
The next hour of prayer for our land will be on Sunday, May 17 from 3 - 4pm.  If you feel that you can fast some of us start at 6pm Saturday and go through to 6pm Sunday.
 
6 Morning of Prayer for EfL
The next morning of prayer will be Wednesday, June 3 from 10am to 12.30pm.  Maybe you could spare some time to pray during those hours?
 
                                   Prayer for Equipping for Life
 
Heavenly Father, we thank you for this new ministry, Equipping for Life, which has been launched on the Shankill Road and other areas.  Thank you for bringing it into being, and for the work that has been done so far.  We pray for all the schools which have given us such a warm welcome.  Thank you for the good work being done by so many dedicated teachers and staff in these areas.  Lord, by your grace, may our presence in these schools be a blessing to the children and to their parents.
Thank you, Lord, for the guidance You have given us as to the way ahead.  As we continue to give this ministry to You, may You continue to bless all of our endeavours.  And in everything, Lord, may You be lifted up and glorified.  In Jesus' name we ask this.  Amen
 
During this period of lockdown may the good Lord be your constant companion and best Friend.
 
                                             David Jardine


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