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News Update January 2020
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Pray... that God will give many opportunities to speak about Christ.
(Colossians 4:3 NLT)

Happy New Year and welcome to the new decade! We are so grateful for all that God has done in the past year. And it was amazing to hear how churches reached out into communities over Christmas making Jesus known: praying, giving away HOPE magazines, serving through winter night shelters, festive meals and so much more – talking every opportunity to talk about Jesus and to invite friends, neighbours, co-workers and family members to Christmas events to hear the good news.
It is thrilling to see so many different expressions of Church in the UK preparing to take the gospel to the nation in 2020. We are expecting God to move in significant ways. Over the past few years we have been dreaming and planning for this year with many different partners. Now 2020 is here, will you join us praying regularly through the year as part of Prayer 2020? We are asking God to give us opportunities to speak about Jesus.

Roy Crowne
HOPE Together's Executive Director
Prayer 2020 resources
Pray in 2020 on the 20th of each month at 20:20 for 20 minutes. Pray … that God will give many opportunities to speak about Christ (Colossians 4:3 NLT).
Prayer 2020 kicks off on Monday. There are people around the globe in church communities and organisations who are taking part. You can pray on your own or with a group at home, at church or with colleagues. To help everyone feel connected across the world as they join #Prayer2020, we have created a great social media package of images and logos for you to use on your own social media and in your church’s and/or organisation’s social media. The purpose: to unite those taking part in Prayer 2020 and to invite others to join in!
We have filmed lots of different people praying about Prayer 2020. Be inspired as you pray this month with HOPE's associate director Rev Canon Yemi Adedeji here.

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You can pray spontaneously or you can use prayers we have prepared. The January prayer is: Father, as we start Prayer 2020, we ask that this year we will carry your light into every place we go and share your good news with those we meet. May we walk and work in unity to reveal your love and goodness (John 8:12). Prayers for the rest of the year can be downloaded here.

If you would like a bookmark or business card to remind you to pray, they can be ordered here.

How-to-prayOur booklet ‘How to Pray’ gives a framework for praying for your community and you can download a summary of seven spheres to pray for, from our partner Hope for Every Home.

Please encourage your home group and your church to pray as part of Prayer 2020.
2020: the year even more young people come to know Jesus!
In 2020 we are believing and praying for people to come to know Jesus, as we join Prayer 2020 and release more evangelists through Advance 2020. We are seeking to see hundreds more young people trained to share their faith through Mission Academy Live. Already more than 500 youth groups in the UK have run Mission Academy Live, and those that use the course for a second time find it is even more successful. More than 3,000 young people have been trained through Mission Academy Live and those identified as young evangelists are gaining further training through Amplify. If you’ve not used Mission Academy Live, it is series of 10 innovative video-based sessions, with a focus on peer-to-peer evangelism. Find out more here
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Mission Academy Live Promo

Mission Academy Live is series of 10 innovative video-based sessions, each one empowering young people as missional disciples within a small group context. With a focus on peer-to-peer evangelism, each session will provide an understanding of today's contemporary context, with teaching, discussion, and testimony, all leading to a practical response as young people respond to the call and command of Christ to be witnesses to show and share the love of God (Acts 1:8).
Don't forget to set your alarm for Monday 20th January at 20:20 to pray with us. And do let us know how we can pray for you and serve you in this coming year. Together, let's make Jesus known.

With love and prayers from the HOPE Together team.

 
Glenys
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