Prayer cam­paign for chil­dren at risk

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A CHRIS­TIAN char­ity is or­gan­is­ing a World Weekend of Prayer to cam­paign for chil­dren at risk.

Viva has set 7 – 8 June as time to pray on the ques­tion of: ‘How do you make your com­mu­nity more child-friendly?’

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of Chris­tians from over 40 na­tions are ex­pected to gather for marches, ser­vices and con­fer­ences.

They are all be­ing asked to pray for ‘child-friendly com­mu­ni­ties’.

Ac­cord­ing to the UN, over a third of all births are not reg­is­tered and 115 mil­lion chil­dren are en­gaged in haz­ardous child labour, 61 mil­lion pri­mary-aged chil­dren don’t go to school and 275 mil­lion wit­ness do­mes­tic vi­o­lence each year.

Viva is call­ing on Chris­tians to pray for these marginalised chil­dren, that they ‘would be loved and pro­tected, that lead­ers would be wise in cre­at­ing poli­cies, and that churches would have a heart for chil­dren in their com­mu­ni­ties’.

Andrew Dubock, Viva’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, said: “We’re en­cour­ag­ing Chris­tians wher­ever they are that weekend – whether in homes, churches, Sun­day schools or youth groups – to join us in turn­ing to God in prayer.”

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