Pray – Belarus and the Baltics

Thank you for your prayer support!

  • Please pray for the summer camps / activities in Belarus August 2020, for health and safety and for the message of Jesus Christ clearly proclaimed.
  • Pray for the urgent need for more volunteer leaders and full-time staff in Belarus and Lithuania.  We need 30 new volunteers and two new staff to help us with growth and reaching more teens.
  • Pray for our leaders in Belarus and Lithuania as they connect with teens at school and local hangouts to build friendships and share their faith.
  • We are looking for others to come and join with us to help grow Young Life in Belarus and the Baltics.  Pray God will call others to partner with us for 1-3 years.
  • We are also looking for a gap-year student or someone who would love to come to live in Lithuania to help Lera home school our kids.  Pray the Lord will supply our needs in this area.
  • Pray for our leaders’ relationship with Jesus to grow and mature, pray for team unity and continued love to reach the lost.
  • Pray doors will open to allow us to start youth ministry in new locations.  Due to political and cultural world-views there is a lot of opposition to Christian outreach.
  • Pray we will make some significant new church partnerships locally allowing us to bless the local church and journey together in discipling teens and reaching the lost.

Mark Hamilton

markhamilton@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Dubbo

  • Pray for safety for our Dubbo community, particularly for our vulnerable population. 
  • Pray for the Aboriginal young people we have the privilege of working with, that they may experience God’s love, healing and protection. 
  • Pray for all young people in our community who live in anxious and uncertain times. Pray they will know the Lord’s comfort and care for them. 
  • Pray for Karla, Drew and Aaron as they use this time to study and be further equipped for when we return to our programs. Pray that we stand firm in faith. 
  • Pray for the Lords provision and that we don’t fret, but simply trust in his goodness during an economic downturn, of which we have felt the impact of in our area.

Karla Stait, Area Manager Dubbo

karla@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Macedonia and Albania

Thank you for including our requests from Macedonia and Albania in your prayers.

Please pray…

  • For wisdom for how we can safely do some form or camping outreach and discipleship with students here (still awaiting government recommendations) in both Albania and North Macedonia
  • For encouragement for our DGLs (Developing Global Leaders) who are university students who are facing taking online exams or having their exams moved
  • For the cases to go down of COVID-19 especially in North Macedonia as a spike has come the end of May/beginning of June and currently we are leading the Balkan region in terms of cases and deaths/million people
  • For the registration of Young Life as NGO organisations in both Albania and North Macedonia that is planned for this summer and for strong local boards to be formed in both nations
  • For the Filipovski family who was meant to come back to Australia for August-half of September to have wisdom when to return for a visit and for family to remain healthy and finances strong for the ministry

Brook Filipovski

brooke@younglife.org.au

 

Pray – Young Life in Greater Melbourne & Casey Area

Pray for the Greater Melbourne region:

  • Pray for what is happening in various areas throughout Greater Melbourne and the work in Monash and newly-established Casey
  • Pray for relationships to be built to enable more Young Life areas throughout Melbourne
  • Pray for Liz, personally, as she tries to manage the work/life balance such as health issues, sleepless nights and young children. May God sustain Liz spiritually, physically and emotionally through this challenging time

Liz Merritt, Area Manager Greater Melbourne

lizmerritt@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Casey

  • Pray for Youth Alpha re-launch in Term 3 at Lakeside College and resuming games at lunchtime. Pray that kids will turn up and be encouraged by the ministry.
  • Pray for more volunteers with a heart for the ministry to help establish Young Life in this area really well so that the ministry continues to build and isn’t reliant on one person.

Isabelle Poulos, Volunteer Casey

isabellepoulos@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Hobart

Thank you for praying for our work in Tasmania!

Some prayer points:
  • Schools – With all the Covid-19 changes please pray Young Life will be able to resume our previous contact work and for new opportunities 
  • Local Chaplains – We are praying for Jenny, Michelle and Vic as they begin to welcome students back at school 
  • Barriers of fear put up because of Covid-19 – effecting youth attending club and contact work at schools
  • Hobart’s Northern Suburbs – We have a dream for a new club  and are praying for leaders, church partnerships and donors to join with us 
  • Kingborough Area – Another dream and prayers for leaders, church partnerships and donors
  • Thanks for the Government’s JobKeeper funding which is helping not-for-profits including Young Life through this time
  • Donorship increase – for opportunities to welcome more regular donors on board
  • Fundraising ideas – Covid-19 has impacted all the events that would have raised funds. Please pray for inspiration!

Alexandra Vesper, Area Manager Hobart

alexandravesper@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Ryde

  • Praise God for the volunteers who helped to create the online content as a way of connecting with teenagers when Covid-19 closed down Club
  • Praise God for the youth who have interacted with Insta Club and our Zoom meetings. Please pray for more to join us
  • Pray for wisdom regarding the decision of when and how to restart Club when social-distancing restrictions are lifted
  • Give thanks for our supporters and donors who have continued to give and offer encouragement during this time
  • Pray for our church connections and their ministries; and pray that together we will continue to find ways to make Jesus known among the young people and families living in the area
  • Pray for the Young Life Ryde Committee, for new members to join and be part of setting the course for Young Life in Ryde
  • Pray for me, Ben Hura in my role as Area Manager of Ryde and my conversations with schools in the district about how Young Life might serve in their setting

benhura@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Parramatta

  • Please pray for the online content that we do at Parramatta (Insta Club and our Zoom Club gatherings). We would just love to have more young people turning up
  • Please pray that we can minister to the kids who are tuning in and those we have maintained contact with during social distancing
  • One of our kids is currently in India and will remain there for the foreseeable future. We would love prayer that he would be able to return safely back to his home in Australia 
  • Lastly, would love prayer for a potential return to Club, whenever that will be. No idea how that will come about as there is so much uncertainty but would love you to pray for that in the long term

Michael Senthilnathan, Parramatta Field Staff

michaelsenthil@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life’s National Mission

  • Pray for young people as they navigate this time of Covid-19, pray the Holy Spirit would revel the truth of who Jesus is as they seek answers to the questions they have at this time 
  • Pray for the adults who engage with young people on a daily basis, pray they would bring hope and security at this time.  For those Christian adults, pray they would have opportunity to share a little bit about they hope they carry in Jesus. 
  • Pray for schools and teachers, pray for wisdom as they welcome students back to the learning environment of daily school life and have to enforce new hygiene and social distancing protocols.  Pray they would see this as appropriate care with everyone’s best interests as heart
  • Pray for churches, pray as restrictions ease that they would be able to welcome new people who are seeking answers and looking for a community to care and support them
  • Pray for Young Life volunteers and staff as they begin to reconnect with teenagers again.  Pray for favour as they meet together and process all of 2020 with fires and Covid-19.  Pray they would meet new young people who don’t know Jesus and find ways to communicate God’s love for them 
  • Pray for Young Life donors and supporters, pray for their families, employment and businesses as they return to work places and social connections.  Pray they would have favour within the sphere of influence and find ways to love, support and encourage those who are less fortunate than themselves
  • Pray for Young Life, pray for the board management team as we support the work in the field with young people.  Pray for wisdom to make the necessary decisions, pray for ongoing finance as we look to connect with more young people and support them through this time of Covid-19 and beyond
  • Pray for those who have lost their jobs and income, pray for new opportunities and capacity to provide shelter and food.  Pray they would not loose heart at this time of change and that God would sustain in this time of trouble
  • Pray for all levels of government as they continue to lead our nation and communities, pray wisdom and insight as they make decision that will impact all people

Glyn Henman, CEO Young Life Australia

glynhenman@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Canberra

  • Thanks to our Father God that although this year has been significantly disrupted, He still has plans to reach young people with the gospel and for allowing us to be a part of that 
  • Thanks we have been sustained spiritually, physically and financially through this challenging time. 
  • Thanks to our Canberra community who have continued to support us in prayer, donations, through kind words and in action
  • Thanks for our volunteers, committee and staff who have given us their time and energy even as life has become that much more complicated for each of us 
  • Thanks for how this crisis has brought together our national team to greater unity and cooperation, and for all the work in brain storming, production and child safety and that has gone on to ensure that ministry could continue online 
  • Thanks for the young people we’ve been able to connect with online both nationally and locally through Instagram club videos, zoom hangouts and our discord server 
  • Thanks for Tim and Jono who have endured in their commitment to learning, growing and serving as trainee staff this year, without complaint whether online or in person, and for the simple practical ministry that has provided for me to focus on
  • Thanks for the period of rest and renewal that this time has provided from the often hectic pace of ministry
  • Prayer for a renewed vision and strategy to reach unchurched teens in Belconnen and across Canberra in light of Covid-19 and its unknown long term impact 
  • Prayer for new and creative ways to connect with, do life with, and share the gospel with Canberran young people, in particular, in Hawker and Evatt
  • Prayer for greater cooperation between churches and ministries in reaching young people in our area 
  • Prayer that workers would be raised up, both volunteers and staff, who would have a hunger to connect with the unreached
  • Prayer for favour with young people, schools, carers, local government and the community as we look toward recommencing in person activities
  • Prayer that our Lord Jesus would make Himself known to this rising generation and that He would bring about a transformation of new life to our community
  • Thanks for you for praying with us! 

Alex Lee, Area Manager Canberra

alexlee@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Monash

  • That Young Life will grow into new areas and restart post-Covid with new life in existing areas 
  • That local churches will look for and find common ground with Young Life, in ways of presenting Jesus to the youth of the area. 
  • That staff & volunteers will practice good self-care while role-modelling and entering the world of young people 
  • That our Leader’s Retreat weekend at Halls Gap will go ahead in July and all who wish to participate will be able to, and for unity among our states to grow
  • For Monash City Council as they consider the future of their Community Grants program, and if Young Life’s application is still feasible post-Covid. 
  • For a consistent female leader to join in our contact work with youth, creating more demand for the Drop-In Space from young girls

Anthony Wheaton, Field Staff Monash

anthonywheaton@younglife.org.au