Overall an estimated 10,900 children are living in poverty. In some areas of Milton Keynes child poverty rates are as high as 32%.
Eight areas of Milton Keynes are labelled as being in the 10% most deprived in the UK. Two are labelled as being in the 2% most deprived.
(Vital Signs, 2020)
► Homelessness, unemployment and child poverty are all issues in our city. Pray for those in need to be cared for, supported and lifted out of poverty.
► Loneliness has long been recognised as a major problem in our city - amongst both young and old. Pray for the lonely to find community and family in the church.
► Milton Keynes has a number of support services for different ages, such as Age UK, MIND and YiS (counselling for young people). Pray for these services to be well-resourced. Also declare the shalom blessing over the city - health, wholeness, peace, tranquility, etc.
We recently prayed for someone who was facing a difficult challenge in their workplace. Here is their response to this:
"Thank you for the prayers. I was able to make a good progress [with work].
Most importantly, I felt the peace and presence of God in the midst of it and a new sense of purpose. "