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Seeds of Prayer – August 2020

  Hope for the Countryside’s ‘Seeds of Prayer’ for August 2020 is available here. A supplement published in May provides directions for prayer in the midst of Covid-19. While events have moved on, many of the issues and opportunities highlighted in this remain and call for our perseverance in prayer.

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Covid-19. ‘In the wilderness, a door of hope.’

Hosea and Gomer, Amiens Cathedral Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her.  I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope. (Hosea 2:14-15) And I will bring you into the wilderness

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Support & release or command & control?

“Remember that your position does not give you the right to command. It only lays upon you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated.” (Dag Hammarskjold) One of the central burdens of my Covid-19 prayer guide was to recognise the way

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Pastor Sam’s ‘lockdown assemblies’. 3 – Change is possible

Image: Sweet Publishing /   Unable to visit his local school and lead assemblies, Pastor Sam Brinkley, a close associate of Village Hope, is offering ‘lockdown assemblies’ online for the children to watch at home. The first was the story of Gideon. The second – ‘Valuable interruptions’. Here is

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Covid-19. Meeting places & sacred spaces.

  In my recent articles, ‘the matrix uploaded’ and ‘locked down, but not locked out’, I commented on our current ‘exile’ in cyberspace and cyberchurch, and urged caution, or at least some thoughtful reflection, as regards our relationship with the Internet and social media. However, our current exclusion from our

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