Current Prayer Points: 5â€“25 August
Leaving and new staff
‘But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.’ Psalm 33:18
Join us in thanking God for the committed and Christ-centred service of all the staff who are moving on from UCCF this summer. Their work has been hugely valuable, and countless students have been encouraged by their witness. Let’s pray that they would continue trusting God for what comes next, and for a smooth transition as new staff step into the roles.
SUN 5 Give thanks for Nathan Jarvis, who has served as a Staff Worker in East Anglia for three years, and for all his work in equipping students to better share the gospel. As he works out what to do next, ask that God would give him wisdom, clarity and boldness. Please pray for Rosamund O’Donnel, as she takes over from Nathan. Pray that she’d quickly settle into her new role this summer.
MON 6 Praise God for the brand-new Staff Worker role in Essex. With five university campuses in Essex, a large student population of 25,000 and some CUs doubling in size in recent years, there was a growing need for greater support through this new role. Ask God to guide Helen Richardson as she equips the students there, seeking to make their mission on campus as effective as possible.
TUE 7 Praise God for Sarah Oliver’s seven years of faithful service as a Staff Worker in Liverpool and Chester, and give thanks for all the students she has seen love and trust Jesus more, and the others who came to faith. Pray for her replacement, Matthew Thompson, that he would build good relationships, and depend on the Lord’s strength to do His work.
WED 8 Helen Taylor will finish as a Staff Worker with Nottingham and Derby this summer, but will continue to support the work in the Midlands as the Assistant Team Leader. Praise Him for the individual students she has helped grow in faith, and for how God has used her to cultivate the CUs for the last three years. Ask that her replacement, Harriet Delahoy, would rely on God in prayer in all that she does.
THU 9 Give thanks for the ministry of Niv Lobo, who has served Southampton and Southampton Solent CU as a Staff Worker for four years. In his role with Christian Persuaders, he has helped to equip students to give evangelistic talks and speak publicly about their faith. Praise God for Niv’s service, and ask Him to guide both Niv and his wife Lucy, as they move to Oxford for ordination training. Pray that Chris Collinson would be confident in his new role, as he takes over from Niv in September.
FRI 10 Lift Becca Sweet to the Lord, as she prepares to move on from her role as Staff Worker in Brighton and Sussex. Thank God for how she has influenced CUs to be bold in mission and watched as students grew in their understanding of the gospel. Ask that God would be with Oliver Butler as he steps in to take her place, and that the work of the CUs there would flourish as he guides them.
SAT 11 Bath CU Staff Worker Andrew Berry says, ‘After four incredible years of working with the CUs of Bath, it is with sadness that I'll finish this summer. My time with UCCF has given me wonderful opportunities to encourage students in their evangelism, and see the Lord bring a number to faith.’ Thank God for Andrew’s service, and for the five Relay Workers he has supervised over the years. Pray for Jimmy Thomas as he steps into the role, and that the CUs in Bath would remain urgent in their evangelism.
SUN 12 Catriona MacKenzie is stepping down as Scotland’s Art Staff Worker after three years of equipping students for mission. Praise God for her work in helping CU members bring their friends to faith in challenging environments. During this time of transition, ask God that she would grow in her love for Christ and thank Him for providing a new Staff Worker to take over the role – Chris Amer, Catriona’s first Relay Worker.
MON 13 Thank God for Jamie Haxby who has worked as a Staff Worker in Lancaster for five years. Pray that God would help the CUs there maintain their urgency in evangelism.
TUE 14 Praise God for his provision of Giles Cattermole as the London Team Leader, and for a good start in his role since November. Ask that he’d be equipped with wisdom and clarity as he guides the London team.
WED 15 Praise God for Sam Liu who has lead the CUs in Cardiff faithfully for the last three years. As he moves on to be a Trainee Assistant Pastor at his current church, pray that God would sustain him and give him wisdom in his work there. As Nathan Davies steps into the Cardiff Staff Worker role, join us in praying for him.
THU 16 Thank God for the faithful service of Sam Pilgrim over the last three years, and for his work alongside the CUs at Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University. Give thanks for his replacement, Elizabeth Hyde, and pray that she and the CUs would have a fruitful time together at Forum, building relationships for the year ahead.
FRI 17 Praise God for Chris McBurney, who has served the CUs in Canterbury as both a Relay Worker and Staff Worker. Thank God for how the CUs have evolved since he first arrived, as they’ve become more centred around the gospel and now run regular outreach events. At the time of writing, we’ve sadly not been able to appoint a replacement for Chris. Pray for wisdom as we continue to support the CUs in Canterbury.
SAT 18 Thank God for the leadership of the UCCF Directors and Team Leaders as they guide staff during a time of transition. Pray that they would be able to provide thorough training, and equip new staff for mission as they take up their roles in September.
SUN 19 Thank God for Tom Wilson as he moves on from the Bristol Staff Worker role, and pray for wisdom as he decides what next step he should take. At the time of writing, we’ve sadly not been able to appoint a replacement Staff Worker in Bristol. Pray for the South West team as they continue to support the CUs there.
MON 20 Today is the first day of the Orientation training conference for this year’s new staff. Ask God that they would have an encouraging time together as they build relationships and are equipped to help to support and equip the CUs for mission.
TUE 21 Praise God for Emily Muwowo, and how she has faithfully been witnessing to Christ as a Staff Worker of Bournemouth. After five years with UCCF, she leaves to go on maternity leave. Thank God for her heart for the gospel, and for the growth of the CUs in Bournemouth under her guidance. At the time of writing, we’ve sadly not been able to appoint a Staff Worker to replace Emily. Pray again for discernment as we continue to support the CUs in Winchester and Bournemouth.
WED 22 As the Staff Workers are midway through their Orientation, pray that good relationships would be formed between them. Ask God that they would unite around the gospel, and be inspired to help students spread the good news on their campuses.
THU 23 Thank God for Pete Gower, who has led the North West CUs as both Liverpool Staff Worker and Assistant Team Leader. Give thanks for the students who came to new life under his guidance, and ask that Matt Thompson would build good relationships with the Liverpool committees as he takes over as Staff Worker there.
FRI 24 On the last day of their Orientation week, pray that the new staff would be refreshed in the gospel. Ask that, as they head out into their new roles, God would give them an enthusiasm for evangelism and a love for Christ that models godliness to their students.
SAT 25 Pray for the UCCF leadership team as they continue to lead this ministry. Ask that they would have wisdom and would all grow in their love for the Lord Jesus each day.
To see an up to date list of our first year staff visit: https://www.uccf.org.uk/pray
These daily prayer points were taken from our prayer diary, Focus. Sign up to receive Focus Prayer Diary & Impact magazine