Thursday, July 26, 2012
Samaritan’s Purse UK to Mobilise Prayers For World’s Poorest Children at Wembley
By Peter Wooding
Europe Bureau Chief for ASSIST News Service
LONDON, ENGLAND (ANS) -- Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse UK is partnering with the National Day of Prayer and Worship to mobilise thousands of believers towards London's Wembley Stadium, to join with them in praying for some of the poorest and most vulnerable children around the world.
Operation Christmas Child is the largest project of Samaritan’s Purse and on September 29th, as tens of thousands of Christians gather together at Wembley there will be a time of prayer for the children in over 105 countries who’ll be receiving OCC shoeboxes this year.
“We’ll be coming together to pray for some of the neediest children around the globe, including those who are orphaned, living in poverty and disease and victims of trafficking,” said Samaritan’s Purse UK Executive Director Simon Barrington.
He added: “We’re also coming together to praise God and celebrate all that’s been done through the 94 million acts of compassion that have been carried out through Operation Christmas Child over the last 22 years. Each one of these shoeboxes is an opportunity to share God’s love and for Churches overseas to point children to Jesus Christ as their saviour at Christmas.”
NDOP Wembley organisers say the event will be an historic opportunity for the church of the British Isles from every denomination, stream, and tradition to unite at Wembley Stadium to pray for our nation.
Last year, hundreds of thousands of children and adults from across the UK got involved in OCC - including many churches, schools and workplaces - wrapping, packing and sending nearly 1.1 million shoeboxes full of gifts to disadvantaged children in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Simon Barrington believes prayer is fundamental to the work of Samaritan’s Purse, and is the key to the Church reaching out to children in the UK and overseas, which is why the charity is partnering with NDOP Wembley:
“Children have often been neglected by the Church and neglected in mission. Prayer is vital to reaching the next generation, so I think this is a significant moment when the church comes together to pray for the world’s children and to pray for the global Church as we all seek to bring the good news of Jesus Christ and the life of Jesus Christ into our neighbourhoods.
“We also need to pray for a fresh outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on the children of the UK and on Churches as they seek to present the Gospel to them in a relevant way. They are the future and the present and the real hope for our nation.”
To find out more about Samaritan’s Purse in the UK, visit
To book your tickets today for NDOP Wembley call +44 800 756 5451 weekdays 8:30am – 5pm or you can book your tickets securely online at www.ndopwembley.com
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