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Covid-19. Hope from the countryside

One of the most positive benefits of lockdown has been a new appreciation of nature. Skies have become bluer, the air cleaner, the roads quieter and wildlife more visible. And people have noticed. For example, in a survey conducted in early April by YouGov, 51% of respondents said they had

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Covid-19. Seeds of Prayer

‘Hope for the Countryside’ is a partnership between Village Hope, Agricultural Christian Fellowship, World Prayer Centre and Top Barn Trust. The partnership’s aim is to inform, mobilise and resource prayer for the rural communities and churches of our nation, especially through regional prayer days and a monthly “Seeds of Prayer’

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Covid-19. ‘The Lord reigns’

Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you (Jeremiah 32:17, NIV). If the overarching trajectory of Jeremiah’s message was one of hope, it was undergirded by the affirmation and assertion of the Lord’s reign

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Covid-19. Deeper into the desert and the priority of mission

This article is a supplement to the earlier prayer guide by introducing what I believe are some important additional directions for prayer in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. The central burden here is for us to know God’s will and timing for the ending of the pandemic and lockdown,

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Pastor Sam’s ‘lockdown assemblies’. 1 – Gideon

Image: Sweet Publishing /   Unable to visit his local school and lead assemblies, Pastor Sam Brinkley, a close associate of Village Hope, has started making a series of video ‘lockdown assemblies’. Here is the first, the story of Gideon.  

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Covid-19. Is there any word from the Lord?

  This was the question King Zedekiah asked the prophet Jeremiah when their nation was in profound crisis (Jeremiah 37:17). And it is surely also a question many are asking in our present crisis. Jeremiah’s answer to Zedekiah and to the other political leaders was not a comforting one (Jeremiah

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