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Daily reading: 17 May

Who knows what a child could go on to do? 

Something to read

For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore, I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.

- 1 Samuel 1:27-28.

Something to think about

Samuel grows up to do great things as a prophet of God. He is instrumental in God’s plans.

How might things have been different? What if Elkanah had rejected Hannah because she couldn’t have children?

Entrusting Samuel to God’s care was a massive risk, and a massive sacrifice – what if she hadn’t been willing to do that and instead kept him at home to live a ‘normal’ life? Samuel’s story would have been over before it even started.

Something to do

Each child has amazing potential and deserves to experience fullness of life. Who knows what a child reached by your gifts this Christian Aid Week could go on to do?

This Christian Aid Week we can stand together in support of mothers like Tenneh. We have the power to do something which has amazing consequences. Could you use your voice to act in support of the poorest people in the world?

Sierra Leone’s debt crisis means mothers like Tenneh are 150 times more likely to die giving birth in Sierra Leone than in the UK. But the UK Government has the power to do something about it. You can call on the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to drop Sierra Leone’s debt.

Sign the petition now to drop Sierra Leone's debt

Something to pray

Christian Aid Week prayer

God our Mother and Father,
we praise you
for the blessings you shower upon us.
Bless the lives of our sisters and brothers
and their precious children.
In life's saddest moments,
that’s when we feel your love most, O Jesus.
Continue to dwell in our hearts, Lord.
May your love keep us strong.

Today’s daily reading is based on the Christian Aid Week devotional.

Published on 17 May 2019

Resource language
  • Africa
  • Sierra Leone
Themes – Areas of work
  • Theology