Let’s pray for the real Daniel Blakes of the UK
20 October 2016
With the release of Ken Loach's docu-film I, Daniel Blake this week, here at CAP we have been thinking even more than usual about 'the real Daniel Blake', hearing stories of CAP clients who have been in this same frustrating situation - unable to work due to health problems, yet unable to claim benefits due to being deemed fit to work. It is a topic which needs prayer from various angles.
Firstly, for the people struggling as we speak. A man in Derbyshire has had five heart attacks and is receiving treatment for a brain tumour but is being repeatedly put forward for manual labour work by the Job Centre, despite having been categorically told by his GP he cannot work. There are single parents like the film's character Katie, who are going hungry to make sure their children are fed and going to the most extreme lengths to provide for them. Please pray that God brings them to CAP and provides the love, support and change they need.
Secondly, for the people in charge. The DWP and Job Centre are somewhat villainised in the film, but they do a fantastic job of referring people to CAP where they ultimately get the help they need. Please pray for the continued success of this partnership and for other referrers to join with us.
Thirdly, for the work being done by the Church for Daniel Blakes all over the UK. When a couple from Oxfordshire couldn't work due to ill health, fell into debt and faced losing their home, the Job Centre referred them to the local CAP centre. They were brought food (the first hot meal they'd had in a month), supported through a lengthy but ultimately successful DWP appeal and were even able to get married when the church congregation decided to all chip in and give them a wedding they would never have been able to afford otherwise. Let's praise God for the Church actively standing up for people like this and helping to change lives every day.
Finally, let's pray that Loach's film instigates a change; that lots of church decision-makers see it and are moved to make a difference, perhaps by joining with CAP; and that viewers are prompted to support not only debt charities but foodbanks and other help sources as well.
Thank you, as always, for praying.
Church Leaders’ Breakfasts
14 October 2016
Next week, CAP is hosting breakfasts for church leaders in Leeds, Manchester, Dudley and Nottingham. These events will allow church decision-makers to learn more about CAP and are an ideal opportunity to begin paving the way for more churches to partner with CAP, opening centres and bringing hopes to their communities. Please join us in praying God's blessing over these events and that CAP's Christ-centred heart for the poor would be evident to all who attend.
Upcoming fundraising dinners and new centre staff
07 October 2016
As CAP hosts a fundraising dinner in Belfast this weekend, we ask that you would pray for an outpouring of generosity from all who attend as they grow deeper in their understanding of CAP's work and witness God's heart in the centre of it. Currently there are 22 active CAP centres in Northern Ireland - with faith and a little push, we believe this could grow and result in the lives of many more families being transformed in that area and across the rest of the UK. Please keep this in your heart as your pray over the next week.
Similarly, we are in the process of sending out invitations for our London fundraising dinner in November. Please pray your blessing over those invitations as they go out; that each recipient would be encouraged to come along to this wonderful event.
Finally, this week head office welcomed 87 new centre staff training to expand our work to even more parts of the nation. Your prayers would be appreciated as they now go home with lots of new information to process and a real passion to make changes in their communities.
Thanks as always for praying.
Free 20-day devotional
30 September 2016
Yesterday we opened orders for our free 20-day devotional, a collection of messages written by CAP staff, clients, friends and church leaders, with a foreword by our patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Please pray that as our supporters read each devotional, their understanding of God's heart for the poor would be deepened and they would gain a real insight into what drives our passion to see lives transformed.
If you would like to be guided in prayer with an inspiring devotional each morning for 20 days, you can order your copy at capuk.org/connect/more/free-devotional.
Life Changer challenge
23 September 2016
At CAP head office, we're in the middle of our bi-annual Life Changer challenge, which means staff across the board are going all out to encourage new people to sign up as regular givers or existing Life Changers to consider increasing their gift, as well as inviting people to the upcoming Life Changer dinner in Bradford and fundraising dinner in London.
Some have taken part several times over the years and some are just getting a taste; either way, these kinds of asks are always a challenge, albeit vital to the continuing success of this life-transforming organisation.
Please pray both for those asking and for those being asked, that God will fill their hearts will boldness and generosity over the course of the next week and beyond.