News Update May 2018
Thy-Kingdomcome
Thy Kingdom come … Thy will be done!
When you pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ – what do you expect God to do? That was the question Archbishop Justin asked me when we met to prepare for the 10 days of prayer known globally as Thy Kingdom Come. (Watch the video above.) For me, it’s a prayer that flows out of my relationship with God, and I know that I am part of the answer to that prayer. As we live out Kingdom values in our families, workplaces and communities, God uses us to bring his kingdom closer. Let’s put our words into action this week as we show the love of God in practical action to the people we meet.

Roy Crowne
HOPE's executive director

Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God doesn’t come by counting the days on the calendar. Nor when someone says, ‘Look here!’ or, ‘There it is!’ And why? Because God’s kingdom is already among you’ (Luke 17:20-21, The Message).

Being part of the answer
As partners in the prayer initiative Thy Kingdom Come, HOPE’s associate director Canon Yemi Adedeji and HOPE Board member Dr Rachel Jordan-Wolf also offered their thoughts on how to pray Thy Kingdom Come – watch their video contributions here.

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Dr Rachel Jordan-Wolf   Canon Yemi Adedeji
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Remembrance 100

One hundred years ago King George V led the nation in a national day of prayer for peace on 4th August 1918. One hundred days later the war ended. Churches across the UK will be praying for peace in the 100 days before Remembrance Sunday from 4 August to 11 November.
SilenceTo help you pray through the 100 days and to consider what it means to be a peacemaker, HOPE has compiled a 144-page anthology of prayers and stories called 100 Days of Peace and Hope written by Christians across the denominations, living and working in different contexts and countries. 

We are also providing churches with a giveaway, pocket-sized booklet called Silence to use at Remembrance services and to reflect on life's big issues. Copies of both books will be available to order in June.
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Prayers for an end to violence

Christians in London have knelt in prayer on the city’s streets on several End To Violence prayer walks through London in the past month. Watch a video of the Tottenham march here with prayers and encouragement led by Rev Nims Obunge from the Peace Alliance, David Lammy MP, RCCG UK leader Pastor Agu Irukwu and Hugh Osgood, one of the Presidents of Churches Together in England.
TJ-Course
Together we can make a huge impact on our nation… one by one.... amongst our friends and family as we follow the call of Jesus to share our faith! Are you up for the challenge?

Talking Jesus - The Course includes six practical, video-based teaching sessions with inspirational testimonies to give real-life examples from people who are talking about their faith in Jesus in everyday life. There are also five short parable-style films designed to get you thinking. Find out more at talkingjesus.org where you can watch the first session free and pre-order the course which will be out at the start of June.

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, says: ‘The most helpful way people hear the Good News of God in Jesus Christ is by a follower of Jesus Christ sharing their encounter with Jesus Christ. This inspiring course will help Christians to be witnesses to Jesus Christ wherever God has placed them.'

Lynn Green, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, adds, 'Jesus tells us to "Go!" and gives us family, friends and colleagues who are open to hearing more about faith. This course will inspire Christians with the confidence to talk to people about following Jesus.'
HOPE across the UK
All over the country, churches are working together to make Jesus known using the HOPE logo as a symbol of their unity.
In Huddersfield’s year of evangelism churches have pledged to deliver the gospel to every house. Christians are each being encourage to pray for five people as part of the year.
More than 1,000 Christians gathered at Eastbourne’s bandstand to pray Thy Kingdom Come as part of HOPE Eastbourne.  
In Tamworth  plans are being made to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1.
In Crystal Palace, London, they are planning Peace Parties to remember the end of the Great War. In Canterbury Summer Fun days are planned and also Share a Meal for Harvest.
We are thrilled to hear news of what you do. Please contact Sue Jennens to tell us what’s planned in your area as part of HOPE 2018.
Giveaway updates
All 274,000 copies of our HOPE at Easter magazine were snapped up. During the summer the book Who Do You Say I Am? makes a great giveaway – 10 copies of this coffee table book cost £11.50 plus p&p. One reader told us recently: ‘It’s a terrific piece of work. I’d gladly hand that to any friend.’ Copies are available from the HOPE shop
HOPE Revolution
HOPE Revolution LogoWe are thrilled that 442 groups have signed up for Mission Academy Live. Already there are 30 regional hubs set up to support young people as they introduce their peers to Jesus. One young girl was so changed for good by involvement in her Mission Academy group that her mum rang the youth leader to find out what had happened!. Find out more and watch the first of the 10 Mission Academy Live sessions here.
Prison HOPE
PrisonHOPELogoSmallStories keep coming in to the HOPE office on how churches are linking with prisons and how prisons have used the book 40 Stories of HOPE. One prisoner in a segregation unit said he had never read a book before, but over a week he read the book twice. That has helped him on a journey towards faith. Please keep praying for prisoners and Chaplains.
National Day of Prayer
The World Prayer Centre is holding a National Day of Prayer in Birmingham on 9 June 2018 from 11am-5pm, at the International Convention Centre.
World Prayer Centre director Steve Botham says, ‘We will stand in God’s presence, to humble ourselves and pray for the goodness of God to be poured on his Church and our nations. It is Time 2 Turn. His promise is that as we turn he will heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). ‘Time 2 Turn sits alongside all that God is doing in and through “The Turning” which is releasing his Church into witness, evangelism and discipleship. We are partnering with them.’
Book online www.trumpetcall2018.eventbrite.com – more details at www.worldprayer.org.uk
A Weekend of Invitation
Don’t forget the weekend of invitation – Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June. Find out more here.
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Love from the HOPE team