Rebekah Brettle writes in the Neighbourhood Prayer Network Friday email:
Love Calderdale, Halifax
Last Saturday, I joined Paul Blakey (Love Your Streets/CNI) at a prayer meeting for Love Calderdale, Halifax. Love Calderdale is taking place on 18th May and is a family festival organised for the local community. Last year 10,000 people took part. We were able to share the vision to pray for streets and quite a number of people were interested. What was striking at this meeting is how much is going on in Halifax as a whole. They listed many projects such as Street Angels, youth work, healing on the street, food drop ins and many more. Halifax used to be a no go area at night time, but in recent years has been transformed into a much safer place, in large part due to the work of Street Angels. You can read more about this in "Neighbours, Transform Your Street." (page 180)
Violent Crime in the UK falls
This week it has been reported that violent crime in the UK has fallen faster than anywhere else in western Europe. Please give thanks to God for the work of the police, government, youth workers, Street Angels and Street Pastors and all those who have worked towards preventing domestic violence and of course, all the prayers for our nation! There is still more to be done, but this is welcome news! Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22275280 to see a UK wide map showing the best and worst areas of the UK. We believe Christians, just by praying and caring for neighbours living closest, contribute to lower crime levels overall. In time we aim to prove this.
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