On 1 October we sent out a short email to our supporters, with the subject line: ‘How can we pray for you?’ We’d expected a large response. However, we really were caught off guard...
Tearfund asks a lot from its supporters – there are emergency appeals, requests for prayer and campaigns to sign up to and publicise. And, well, we don’t want to take your incredible generosity for granted.
Also, 2018 has been our 50th anniversary – our Jubilee year. We were determined that, however else we marked it, prayer would be at the centre.
We plotted out every hour of the year to be covered by prayer. And we dedicated five full days to prayer and reflection across the organisation. It was a collective pause, to let God into our work more fully.
However, for all our best endeavours, it’s the prayers of our supporters that are the true lifeblood of Tearfund’s work. So October’s email was a way to say thank you, and to give back in a small but meaningful way…
Tearfund, we have a (brilliant) problem!
In the end, more than 2,500 people sent their requests. They ranged from those with serious health problems and urgent family struggles, right through to someone whose washing machine had broken down.