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29 April 2015
For many years, we have supported the ‘International Day of Prayer for Madeleine and All Missing Children’ and asked all of you to pray for all children who are missing, abused and exploited.
Full details of the Prayer Day – and a suggested Prayer – are included BELOW.
About Madeleine McCann. . .
It is now 8 years, on Sunday 3 May, since Madeleine McCann (then 3 years old) disappeared whilst holidaying with her British family in Portugal.
The organisers of the Day of Prayer have provided the following information and a suggested Prayer…
Official Flier - click here.
A message from the Australian co-ordinator, Dr Reina Michaelson…
The 7th International Day of Prayer for Madeleine McCann and all missing, abused and exploited children will be held on Sunday 3 May 2015, exactly 8 years after Madeleine tragically disappeared.
Every day news of the horrendous crimes committed against innocent children by those in positions of trust, power and authority dominate the headlines, as well as the corruption in high places that has served to cover up these crimes for decades.
But your prayers are resulting in miracles year after year:
* kidnapped children escaping their captors,
* missing children being rescued from captivity and slavery,
* closure for grieving parents who can finally lay their beloved children to rest,
* perpetrators being held accountable for their crimes,
* victim-survivors being given a voice and having the opportunity for justice after being silenced for decades,
* a global awakening of the truth regarding the reality of criminal pedophile and child pornography networks...
Sometimes we feel powerless because it seems that the evil is overwhelming, but there is POWER in our PRAYERS. So please join us in prayer again this year and watch as God delivers more miracles on behalf of our beloved children.
And remember, we are God's instruments here on Earth. If we allow Him to work through us we CAN change the world for our precious children.
Please share this Invitation as widely as you can (please see the attached Official Invitation and below for the text).
With love and prayers,
International Day of Prayer for Madeleine and all missing children
Please join the Madeleine Prayer Circle (MPC) and thousands of people worldwide as we unite together in prayer for Madeleine McCann and all the missing, abused and exploited children in our world.
This will be the seventh International Day of Prayer for Madeleine and All Missing Children and it will be held on Sunday 3rd May, 2015, exactly eight years after Madeleine McCann disappeared from her holiday apartment in Portugal.
Our prayer is for God’s divine protection and perfect peace to be with all children who are the victims of our broken world, and that we will, as God’s appointed custodians of this world, strive to make it one that is worthy for our precious children.
"Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." Matthew 18: 19-20
Please pass this invitation on to your church, prayer group colleagues and friends around the world. Our previous Days of Prayer have resulted in more than 200,000 people worldwide praying together for these precious children … Please join us.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us... (Eph, 3: 20)
We pray Lord God for your divine protection and perfect peace to be with Madeleine McCann and all missing children around the world. We pray that no matter what circumstances each precious little child is in, that they will never be alone, that You will always be with them and that they will never be separated from Your perfect love. We pray this with thanksgiving, knowing that each and every little child is cherished by You, and that no matter what their circumstances, nothing can separate them from Your precious love (Romans 8:37).
Lord God, we pray that You will create the circumstances for the imminent release and safe return of all missing children to those who love and care for them. Where a miracle is needed we ask You for that miracle, knowing that where things may be impossible for Man, nothing is impossible for You (Matthew, 19:26). Where children have been hurt we pray for Your healing and inner peace; where the truth has been hidden we pray for Your revelation and justice. For the children who are no longer in this world, we grieve for such devastating loss but we thank you that Your kingdom is theirs (Matthew 18:2-4).
We pray that Your peace be upon their loved ones. We pray that Your mercy and grace will bring healing to the broken and the broken-hearted and that they will experience the tenderness of Your unfailing love. May the knowledge of the joyful reunion that awaits them in Your Heavenly Kingdom give them courage, strength and hope.
Lord God, we say a special prayer for all the children who have been born, abducted or trafficked into organised networks that abuse children for their own evil purposes, including cults, institutions, pedophile, prostitution and pornography networks. These children are so precious to You; You know even the very number of hairs on their heads (Luke: 12,7), and yet so often in our world they are unseen, unheard, and unknown. We pray a special prayer for each and every one of these children today; we pray that they will know we have not forgotten them, and we will stand up for them. Above all, we know that You will stand up for them as You are faithful and true (Psalm 46).
Lord God, today we commit our lives to You and ask that You use each and every one of us as Your instruments, in whatever way You will, to create a world where all children are loved, protected and cared for (Matthew 10:42). We pray these things in the Almighty Name of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, our Lord and Saviour, Amen.
I really do try and make these News Updates shorter – but there are always so many issues to deal with!
This week we cover – Anzac Day, surrogacy, vaccination, the 'Current Affair' segment on the new Hillsong movie, jihad plot in Melbourne and a lot more...
This week I’ve provided longer summaries of the ‘jihad plot’ in Melbourne and the ‘A Current Affair’ segment about the “Hillsong: Let Hope Arise” movie…. so you can get the ‘big picture’ without reading ALL the articles!
Hopefully, with the headings, you can browse and read the items that interest you!
Read the News Update:
22 April 2015
Our original article, which reported on statements made by Nicole Conner about the acceptance of homosexuality, is posted on our website - click here.
Perhaps this was prompted by the interview his wife, Nicole, did last week on homosexual radio station Joy FM, for their ‘Inside Ex-Gay’ project where, among other pro-homosexual statements, she said that it would be unjust to expect homosexuals to be celibate. Perhaps it was also in response to our post on the issue last week last week.
Whatever prompted Mark to write this blog post, he didn’t mention the situation regarding Nicole’s interview and her position on homosexuality. In his blog post, Mark outlines the position of CityLife Church - as Nicole noted, the Church does not agree with her views.
Our detailed report comments on the statement made, and an audio message given to CityLife leaders in 2014...
The Family Council of Victoria is made up of a number of pro-family and pro-life organisations (see website). The Council meets every second month, to consider policies and strategies on a wide range of issues.
The FCV is holding a special public meeting – on 19 May, with Bobby Schindler from the USA as the Guest Speaker.
This year, I’m the President, so I would REALLY appreciate your SUPPORT … If you live in Melbourme, will you attend this event?
If you plan to come, please let me know [this isn’t essential but it will help give us an idea of how many are coming!]
Full info and flier follow…
POST from the Family Council of Victoria website . . .
On Tuesday May 19, the Family Council is hosting a meeting where Bobby Schindler will be the guest speaker.
Bobby is the brother of Terri Schiavo (photo at right), the American woman who died ten years ago last week, after her estranged husband successfully gained a court order to force medical staff to not feed her any longer.
When she collapsed, Terri was diagnosed with hypoxic encephalopathy - a neurological injury caused by lack of oxygen to the brain (source). This week, Christine Flowers wrote an article about Terri's death - click here.
Bobby established the Life and Hope Network ... which "works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable and disabled from the threat of euthanasia."
Bishop Peter Elliott will speak about euthanasia and the challenges we face in Australia.
FREE ENTRY - a collection will be taken to cover expenses.
Meet others over supper following the meeting.
Everyone is welcome - invite your friends and colleagues!
Date: Tuesday 19th May, 2015
Venue: St Leonard’s Catholic Church, 349 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley.
Read Flier: Family Council meeting - Bobby Schindler
Read post at the Family Council of Victoria website – click here.
Just a few items this week – but some in more depth…
ID for voting, euthanasia motion, vaccination and welfare, halal certification fact check, taxation (income splitting and ’bracket creep’), Hillary Clinton nominates for US President and announces support for homosexual ‘marriage’…