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					                   Prayer for Stepping Stones Trust
                                         November 2008
  “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high
   priest who is unable to sympathise with our weakness, but one who in every
respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence
  draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to
                     help in time of need.” Hebrews 4: 14-16

Dear Friends,
The above verse from Hebrews is a call for us to come to God boldly in prayer, knowing
with confidence that Jesus was human so that he can understand our deepest struggles
and desires. Let us be faithful in prayer, knowing that God truly understands everything
we go through personally and everything Stepping Stones Trust faces as an organisation.
Thank you for continuing to pray for this important work. Your prayers are powerful
and spur on our work!

“Enter His (God’s) gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to
Him and praise His name.” Psalm 100:4
   Praise the Lord that lives are being transformed on a daily basis through the ministry of
    Stepping Stones Trust (SST).
   Praise God for the opportunity for Peter Flower to write an article for Christianity Magazine
    about the work of SST among sex offenders. Please pray that the publicity will be received in
    a positive way.
   Praise God that SST has been brought through to the next phase of a bidding process to
    operate on D wing of HMP The Verne. Please pray for opportunities and wisdom of moving
    this bid forward.

Please pray specifically for . . .

   Fourteen staff members who are participating in Holy Trinity Brompton and Prison
    Fellowship’s Prison Ministry Conference on 7th November. Please pray that all involved will
    learn more about ministering to offenders and ex-offenders as well as bring the message of
    SST to conference speakers and participants.
 Funding for our work. Pray that the Lord will give wisdom to Courtney and Mick and bless
    their efforts as they approach this difficult task.
 God’s guidance in how, as a Trust, we can bring staff, residents and supporters together in
    prayer for SST’s work.
 The project at HMP Belmarsh. Pray for wisdom in knowing the Lord’s purposes for this
    project.
 SST Staff. Pray that all staff members are able to focus on the work Christ has called them to
    within the Trust. SST staff are listed by name. Pray as you are led for the individuals on this
    list.
Alastair ● Barry ● Nigel ● Veronica ● Khumbu ● Bill ● Amanda ● Mary ● Melissa ● Michael ●
Patrick ● Jason ● Rachel ● Rosanne ● Keith ● Courtney ● Mick ● Paul

Residents and Clients:

G5 - Praise God, this man increasingly actively joins in Quiet Times and is now making positive
contributions to our prayer-time. Be encouraged that we see change happening so obviously.
Please pray that he will be strengthened daily so that he stays strong emotionally in order to help
his family and to move forward steadily himself.

Z4 - Several residents have been welcomed recently in visiting him in his new home, they have
willingly helped with the practical tasks beyond his sole capability. He in turn provides a meal
including some of his famous home-made soup! Please continue to lift him up before the Lord
that he might truly understand the depth of God's love for him.

H1 - His final week of home-leave with us went very well, soon he will be here full-time. We
know that he will much appreciate your prayerful support as he settles in and begins the next
stage of his rehabilitation into the wider community.

B5 - The first unit of his course is now complete and he gives testimony to God's strengthening
to cope with it. He believes it to have been very worthwhile although challenging and painful. He
is thoroughly enjoying being part if his Home group and gives thanks too for the friendship and
support of his mentor. Prayers are making a great difference in his life so please let us remain
faithful in this for him.

Y4 - Like B5 this man too is busy with church commitments, his bible study course and a further
module of offending behaviour work. Please pray that he will continue to find true peace in God
and not fall back into trusting in his own strength. This month he is hoping to publicly reaffirm
his life to the Lord and members of his family have promised to come to the service.

A6 - As a household we are looking forward to welcoming a further new resident joining us mid
month. Although he is aged 25, emotionally he is but 16 having experienced great trauma in his
teenage years. Please join us in praying that he will sensibly adjust to his freedom and to the
struggles of "life on the outside". We ask that God will truly speak to him whilst he is with us and
that all here will be a witness to him.

RM1- This gentleman is doing well, decorating and doing most of the odd jobs around the
house. His family is coming down from Ireland to visit him they will be staying in a bed &
breakfast nearby. He is really looking forward to that since he hasn’t seen them for awhile.

RM2- This gentleman was recalled back to prison for breaching his Home Detention Curfew, his
license expires in Nov. He has asked SST to keep his room for him.

RM4- This is a young gentleman, who wants what we offer, but he is struggling with many issues
at the moment. He is not sleeping well at night and cannot wake in the morning. He wants to
move in with his family of which probation is aware off. Let us pray that he is able to move on
smoothly.

RM5- This gentleman is ready to move onto Phase 3 with us. He is also doing a lot of
maintenance work around the house. Please pray that he will move to the next phase successfully.

RM6- This is a gentleman who has the skills to succeed, but he prefers to watch day time
television. Pray for motivation for this individual as we seek to encourage him to use his abilities.

Staff and Projects:

BtW HMP Belmarsh: Please pray for wisdom in knowing God’s purposes for this project.

BtW HMP Wormwood Scrubs: Thanks and praise go to God and thanks to all praying staff.
We recently did a leaflet drop on E Wing to advertise our services because we hadn't had an
application in since mid August. The following day we received 5 applications. We are expecting
more in faith!
We are in the process of being transferred to B Wing in Wormwood Scrubs. The resettlement
wing has been disbanded and we will now be located on the induction wing. This means that we
will have to provide our service for offenders prison wide instead of just those E Wing based on
E Wing. This is proving hectic and very demanding for our small team!

The team at HMP Wormwood Scrubs is facing a lot of change. Please pray for the following
requests.
 Continued prayer for an inmate who is awaiting release on his parole is needed and another
    who is in the last throws of his HDC being granted. Please pray that both would be speeded
    up miraculously.
 Pray that the Lord will have a favourable eye upon our ideas for the SLA that needs to be
    signed (19/11/08)
 Favour over the office that will be allocated for us to work in, that it is spacious enough for 3
    people or that 3 separate offices will be provided. Pray for the provision of three PCs in our
    new office as it has been very difficult sharing two computers.
 Please pray for an answer for the problems all prison projects face with regard to the huge
    budget cuts that the government will be making as from April 09. This will have a
    detrimental effect on SST prison projects if we don't incline our ears to the Lord closely.
    With no possible finances from the prison service over the next 3 years and our own freeze
    on fundraising it is likely to be difficult to sustain any current projects or secure any new
    ones in our local region. We need to hear from the Lord as to his direction!
 Pray for SST to find out more about South East prisons offering resettlement contracts.
    Please pray that the Lord would cause a need for these services to rise from the ashes.

Bridge House: This month will be a challenging one (as indeed most of them are!). Two new
residents are joining us and will be welcomed into the family here. As individuals they are very
different but both need the sanctuary and support which we offer in God's name. Our current
guys are all committed to helping them settle in and to showing them the ropes.

After our recent flood one noble resident has worked hard in the office and has now laboriously
installed new sliding fronts for all our wall cupboards. This may not sound much until you read
that in all my 7.5 years here the original doors refused to slide properly and often chose to fall out
onto us when we least expected it. We are so thankful to have emerged from the 10 weeks post
flood chaos into much improved surroundings. Praise God!

Problems are continuing with one Jobcentre Plus and this seems to particularly affect former
residents who have moved into their catchment area. Michael has re-made arrangements for our
agreed cross-referral system to work but somehow it is still not happening on the ground. This
makes life very difficult for those affected and we would appreciate your prayers in tactfully
addressing this further.

Our house Quiet Times are real times of sharing and growth, thinking about the questions raised
by the studies results in good discussions with plenty of resident contributions. It is good that we
can all pray together and encourage each other.

Thank you so much for your part in covering us in prayer, we would not be able to do this work
without it.

Thank you for faithfully praying for our projects and staff! The Lord’s
            work moves forward through your prayers.

In Christ Alone,

Courtney Loosemore

				
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