Prayer Points

Although you don’t need to be a Christian to either stay at the Broxbourne WNS or be a volunteer, many of us are. For those that pray we produce from time to time prayer points which will be published here as appropriate.

Tuesday 3rd February

Thank you for your continued prayers for the Winter Night Shelter. We are seeing God at work in many ways.

  • Praise God that one of our guests found permanent accommodation last week.
  • We currently have three guests at the night shelter. Please pray that each of them will be able to find accommodation which suits their needs, before the end of this month, when the night shelter finishes.
  • Please continue to pray for health and stamina for all the volunteers
  • Pray for discussions with the Council about how our partnership with them can be even more mutually supportive.
  • Pray for discussions with the Quakers about the future of Peace Cottage.

Monday 24th February

Thank you so much for your continued prayers for the Winter Night Shelter. It is so encouraging to have this work undergirded by prayer.

  • Some of the guests are getting anxious about their future, as they realise that not many landlords will take people who are receiving Universal Credit. Also, if they work while on Universal Credit, over 60% of their earnings is taken back from them. Please pray that they will be given realistic hope.
  • Praise God that we have now been able to fill all the volunteer rotas, including the overnight ones. Please pray for health and continued stamina for the volunteers.
  • Pray for sensitivity to the needs of each of the guests.
  • Pray for the future of Peace Cottage once the night shelter has finished, that ways can be found of using it to support vulnerable people in the area.

Tuesday 18th February

Thank you so much for your prayers for the Winter Night shelter

  • We could have had seven guests staying at the night shelter last week. In the event, not all arrived, so the maximum we have had is five so far. Please continue to pray for each of the guests, especially those who were in need but didn’t reach the night shelter.
  • Please pray that the guests feel loved and valued just as they are.
  • There is still need for more overnight volunteers. Thank God for those who have come forwards and pray for more to offer.
  • Please continue to pray for stamina and good health for all the volunteers.

Monday 10th February:

Thank you for your continued prayers for the Winter Night Shelter

  • We had five guests at the Winter Night shelter last week, all of whom have very different needs. Please pray that each of the guests feels valued and supported, and that the volunteers are given wisdom to support them appropriately.
  • At times volunteers may disagree on the best way to help guests. Please pray for love and harmony between the volunteers.
  • There is still need for more overnight volunteers. Thank God for those who have come forwards and pray for more to offer.
  • Please continue to pray for stamina for all the volunteers.

Tuesday 4th February:

Thank you so much for your prayers for the Winter Night Shelter. It is encouraging to see the way that God is answering our prayers.

  • Thank God that some guests are already moving forwards in their lives. Two have alternative accommodation, and one has started some temporary work.
  • We had two guests last week. Please continue to pray that those in Broxbourne who are currently homeless and suitable for the night shelter, will be able to contact the Council.
  • Praise God that some new volunteers have come forwards to help overnight.
  • Pray for those volunteers who are currently unwell.
  • Pray for continued energy and stamina for all the volunteers.

Tuesday 28th January:

Thank you for your prayers for the Winter Night Shelter. We are seeing encouragements along the way!

  • Please pray that those guests who are actively seeking to find a more permanent home will be able to find somewhere that they can afford.
  • Pray that those in Broxbourne who are currently homeless and suitable for the night shelter, will be able to make contact with the Council.
  • Pray for the venue coordinators, who are all working very hard, that they will be given the strength and stamina they need for the full 12 weeks.
  • Pray for one or two people to put themselves forwards as overnight volunteers who can help out at short notice.
  • Thank God for the facility of Peace Cottage.

Thursday 16th January:

Thank you for your prayers for the Winter Night Shelter.  We are seeing God at work in many ways!

  • This week we have had 4 guests at the Winter Night Shelter, and two of them have come along to Peace Cottage
  • The pressing practical issues with the equipment at Peace Cottage have been sorted, with a replacement washing machine and fridge, and a longer shower curtain!
  • Please pray for adequate overnight volunteers, especially at Waltham Cross Baptist Church on a Monday night.
  • Please pray that each of the guests is able to move forwards, finding the right next steps for them.
  • Please pray for the volunteers, that they will be given peace, wisdom and love.

Saturday 11th January:

Thank you for your prayers for the winter night shelter and Peace Cottage, which have got off to a good start. We have had just one guest this week, and he has really valued being with us.

  • Thank God for the enthusiasm and good teamwork amongst the volunteers
  • Three guests were referred to us this week, but two of them did not arrive. Please pray for those two men, who needed housing support, that they find help elsewhere.
  • There has been some sickness in the council housing team and also amongst our volunteers. Please pray for health for all those involved, and for good medical support for those who are struggling with longer term health issues.
  • There have been some practical issues with the shower, the washing machine and the fridge at Peace Cottage. Please pray that all these get resolved for next week.

Wednesday 1st January:

Thank you to all of you who are praying for the Broxbourne Winter Night shelter and the daytime facility, Peace Cottage. This will be starting next week, and running for 12 weeks until 29th March.

  • Pray that the night shelter will get off to a good start, with guests being referred in time this week, so they can be helped from Monday next week.
  • Please pray for each of the venue coordinators at the 7 churches, that they will be kept in good health, and given the stamina they need for the full 12 weeks.
  • Pray for each of the volunteers, especially those helping for the first time this year, that they will find encouragements through their volunteering.
  • Pray that Peace Cottage will be a haven for guests during the day, where they feel warm, safe and valued, and where they can find help to move forwards in their lives.

Friday 20th December:

We are into the final preparations for the Broxbourne Winter Night shelter and the accompanying Peace Cottage, ready to start on 6th January:

  • Thank God for the generosity pouring out of our local community. We have had lots of gifts of bedding, towels, hats, gloves, jumpers, socks and underwear, and gifts of furniture and equipment for Peace Cottage. People have also been motivated to give financially. And numerous people are giving of their time. There are many caring people in Broxbourne, which is so heartening.
  • Please continue to pray that we will have enough drivers to take the beds from one venue to the next, early in the morning, especially on Saturday mornings.
  • Pray for the volunteers as they get Peace Cottage started. Pray that there will be a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the guests, where they are able to feel relaxed and valued.

Tuesday 10th December:

  • Thank God that over 200 people have volunteered to help with the Winter Night Shelter this year. We now have volunteers to fill most gaps in the rotas, but we particularly need more people to volunteer to drive the electric Foodbank van to take the beds from one venue to the next, early in the morning. Pray that we will find enough drivers.
  • Pray that each volunteer will enjoy the experience and will grow to feel confident in the role they have with the Night Shelter.
  • Pray that each guest who comes to the night shelter will feel loved, and treated with respect.
  • A day facility for the guests will be provided 11.00am until 2.30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Quaker Meeting House in Hoddesdon. This will be called Peace Cottage. Please pray that this will be a real sanctuary for the guests, where they feel welcomed and valued, and can relax, as well as find support and help for moving forwards in their lives.