Pray – Young Life in Central West NSW

The Central West team would like to share these prayer requests with you:

Regional prayers

  • Thank God for the staff and volunteers who make up Young Life’s Central West team.  For Heather Gant, who leads the team, Hannah in Warren; Karla, Laura & Drew in Dubbo; Owen & Rachel in Bathurst.
  • Pray for the upcoming camps – Wyld Life Camp in October school holidays, and Summer Camp in January.  Pray for the young people who are attending – that hearts may be changed; pray for our volunteers – giving thanks for their willingness to come and serve and for patience in signing young people up for camp; pray for safety getting to and from camp, as well as while we are on camp; pray for finances for the young people & volunteers who need financial assistance to attend – may the funds come freely and may we trust in God’s provision.
  • Pray for our communities that we have made connections with over the last number of years – Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Brewarrina, Wellington, Nyngan, Orange, Oberon.  May we be attentive to God’s timing if and when to see Young Life started in these communities.
  • Pray for rain.  The ongoing drought is causing such deep despair for many of the communities that we know and love.  May we use the dry to share faith, may we see people turn to call our God, Father, and please be praying with us for rain to fall across our land.

Bathurst

  • Thank God for the faithful staff and volunteers that have been serving this year. They are small in number, and yet incredibly faithful in continuing to show up in young people’s lives.
  • Thank God for the position of the Student Support Wellbeing Officer in the two public high schools here in Bathurst. It was a dream of committee’s for almost 10 years, which we saw answered at the end of last year. Pray for Owen, who fills this position.
  • Pray for people to rise up and join the Young Life Bathurst committee.
  • Pray for wisdom as we vision what 2020 will look like.
  • Pray for patience as we navigate some rebuilding of what Young Life looks like in the Bathurst community.
  • Pray for Owen and Rachel, our staff workers in Bathurst.

Dubbo

  • Thank God for wonderful community engagement with Young Life in Dubbo.
  • Thank God for the committee in Dubbo – they are a faithful group of volunteers who deeply care about the mission.
  • Pray and give thanks for Macquarie Anglican Grammar School (MAGS) and for our Young Life team as they connect with young people there in the lunchtime group and in the Boarding House.
  • Pray and give thanks for Dubbo Christian School, and for our team as they disciple young people in 2 lunchtime groups.
  • Pray for Karla, Laura and Drew, our staff workers in Dubbo.

Warren

  • Thank God for the success of the recent club nights that have occurred in Warren.  The Warren team are running club nights a couple of times / term to get to know the young people in town.
  • Thank God for the vision of the committee in Warren – their deep desire to see young people in Warren come to know and love Jesus.
  • Pray for the team in Warren – may they grow great relationships with the young people of their town.
  • Pray for Hannah, our staff worker in Warren.  She is going on maternity leave in October, and we are thankful for John, who will fill her maternity leave position.  Pray for him in his role.

Heather Gant

heather@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life Ipswich

Please pray with us:

  • For wisdom and direction in where and how to invest in young people’s lives
  • For organisation and consistency as we build our volunteer network and serve in different settings
  • For open doors and volunteers and new church partnerships
  • For funding. Our area’s great need is to be financially stable and for that reason, we thank God for the commitment of regular donors and pray more will give to this outreach work in Ipswich.

Zach Lipp

zachlipp@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Melbourne

A lot is happening in the Greater Melbourne area for which we are thankful and also prayerful. Thank you for praying with us.

Monash Area

  • Give Praise for the weekly drop-in space having a regular crowd attending each week, allowing greater relationships to be developed
  • Praise God for the connection with a local school requesting our participation in a wellness day with year 9 students
  • Praise God for continued support for the pancake breakfast in Glen Waverley Secondary College
  • Pray for volunteers to help with our drop-in space, pancake breakfasts, committee and the wellness day
  • Pray for financial support to keep all of these awesome opportunities running!
  • Pray for an enjoyable and successful trivia night on 24th August.
  • Praise and prayer for Anthony who is leading the charge in Monash!

Casey

  • Praise God for open doors and great connections forming with staff from Lakeside Lutheran College – Pakenham.
  • Give thanks for a great response to the call-out for volunteers to support new opportunities in Lakeside Lutheran College.
  • Pray for upcoming pancake breakfasts 2nd, 9th & 16th September
  • Pray for Term 4 activities in planning with the Year 7-9 lunchtime club program and Year 12 mentors program
  • Pray for fundraising opportunities and financial support for this newly emerging Young Life area
  • Praise and prayer for Isabelle leading the charge in Casey!

Maroondah

  • Praise for encouraging meetings with church leaders and chaplains over the past term
  • Pray for wisdom and guidance surrounding a potential opportunity within Melba College, commencing 2020
  • Pray for new connections to continue opening up, including new volunteers from the Maroondah area to support new activities

Liz Merritt

lizmerritt@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in New England

Thank you for praying with our Armidale, Uralla and Guyra teams:

  • Please pray for the planning and launch of our Armidale Young Life Club for teens
  • Please pray for Rachael Moran, our new chaplain at the Armidale Secondary College, who starts work at the end of the month
  • Please pray for our upcoming HSC Study Camp, which runs from the 30 Sep until 6 Oct
  • Please pray for the growth and leadership of Young Life in Uralla and Guyra (leaders, finances, church involvement, enthusiastic young people)

Pray – Young Life Parramatta

Thanks for holding our team and the youth before God in prayer.

Area Manager Ben Hura has one prayer point for the 20 to 30 young people who attend Wyld Life Club in Parramatta (and the thousands who don’t yet attend!)

  • Pray that we will see the kids we work with in urban Parramatta just blown away by the love and power of God. That is all!

Please also pray:

  • Those who have been sponsored to attend Wyld Life Camp will come
  • The volunteer leaders giving their Friday evenings to play footy and build relationships continue to spur one another on to invest in young people for the sake of the Gospel

Ben Hura

benhura@younglife.org.au

 

Pray – Young Life Ryde

Thanks for praying with us for the young people of Ryde.

  • Praise God for growing and sustaining our leadership team. We now have 15 leaders (including four junior leaders currently in Year 11) from different churches who serve with us each week
  • Praise God we have been in contact with over 120 local students this year so far, and have seen over 40 kids give their lives to Jesus since the start of last year
  • Praise God for eight new students who have started coming to Youth Groups this term – in particular a boy who we have had at Club for the past two years; after years of prayer, he has started coming to Youth Group with his Summer Camp leader since the start of the term, has been there every week since and even asked his leader on Monday how he could be praying for his week!
  • Praise God for the generosity of those who have given to our ministry at Ryde over the past couple of months to help us make budget for the end of the financial year
  • Praise God for the opportunity Holly Lim has to speak at seven different local churches over Terms 3 and 4 to share what God is doing with youth in the area
  • Please pray for our kids who are often in and out of trouble at school – that the Young Life leaders would be stable figures they can talk to, and that they would one day come to find faith in Jesus
  • Please pray for our local churches as they have experienced an influx of non-churched kids into their communities; please pray for the leaders as they seek to teach and disciple dozens of teenagers only starting out on their faith journeys
  • Please pray for rest and refreshment for Ryde’s leadership team over the winter break
  • Please pray as we begin to raise sponsorships for Summer Camp 2020 next term

Holly Lim

hollylim@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Hobart

Thank you for praying for our work in Tasmania!

Some prayer points:
  • Please pray for open doors into churches/schools to begin contact work in new area
  • Pray for volunteers for new area contact work
  • Pray for female leaders in our current and new area
  • Pray for higher attendance for girls in current club
  • Pray for the Shine/Strength program in schools, that it will bring youth confidence, value, worth and plant seeds of hope for their future
  • Pray for an increase in regular donors to support Young Life’s outreach among teens
  • Pray for the health and welbeing of our current volunteers, committee and donors

Alexandra Vesper

alexandravesper@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Dubbo

The Young Life team in Dubbo thank you for praying for local outreach work among teens.

  • Pray and give thanks for Macquarie Anglican Grammar School (MAGS) and for our YL team as they connect with young people there in the lunchtime group and in the Boarding House.
  • Pray and give thanks for Dubbo Christian School, and for our team as they disciple young people in 2 lunchtime groups.
  • Pray kids will come to Wyld Life Camp, and teens to Summer Camp.
  • Pray for opportunities to connect with more young people in our community and beyond so that more lives might be impacted and changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Karla Stait

karla@younglife.org.au

Pray – Young Life in Canberra

Thank you for your prayers! From the Young Life team in Canberra.

  • Praise God for Club which is now running weekly (instead of fortnightly) with lots of kids attending
  • Pray for new volunteers
  • Pray for new kids to join in our small group bible study
  • Ask God for kids to sign up for Wyld Life Camp in Sep/Oct
  • Pray for our current fundraising goal of increasing our Young Life Area Manager position from 3 days to 5 days in order to expand our involvement in schools and across Canberra neighbourhoods
  • Pray for opportunities into new schools such as Melba Copland Secondary school
  • Pray for the future of school chaplaincy in the ACT

Alex Lee

alexlee@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 our volunteer leaders to really grasp the vision of what Young Life’s mission is here and to incorporate those values – especially spending time in the young person’s world – contact work into their daily experience
  • for our next round of new leader training that will kick off in Skopje on the 4th of September to really recruit and attract the right people to join the team
  • for Nikol as she prayerfully recruits a new team to begin a second club in the Aerodrom neighborhood of Skopje this new school year
  • for Sanja as she steps up in her leadership as a 3rd year DGL* and will take more senior leadership in our Skopje club
  • for Gjorgi as a 1st year DGL and his vision to do some leader training and planting of a club in his hometown of Strumica this year
  • for our new DGLs and staff in Tirana as they continue to develop their vision in their neighborhoods and gain traction with students
  • for both Albania and Macedonia to be officially able to register within our nations for the ministry and for local fundraising to be able to take place after this occurs
  • for the Lord’s continued wisdom and strategies for growth both personally for the people involved to grow closer to Jesus as they lead students closer to Jesus and the development of ministries in these Balkan nations leading to revival in our region

Brooke Filopovski

brooke@younglife.org.au

  • DGL stands for the Developing Global Leaders initiative of Young Life International