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Constituents offer their MPs hand crafted thank you prayers

by Cara Bentley

MPs have been receiving letters of prayer from Christians who want to show their appreciation. 

The idea was inspired by Christian charity Open Doors, who encouraged supporters to thank and stand with the UK's 650 MPs by sending them handwritten, drawn and painted prayers. 

So far over 80 people have either sent prayers via Open Doors, who campaign for Christian freedom from persecution, or taken a picture of their prayer and posted it on social media.

From pencil drawings to watercolours and felt tipped pen to caligraphy, kids and adults have contributed. 

Christian MP David Linden, SNP representative for Glasgow East, said it was appreciated: "We're receiving hundreds of emails every day, a lot of them are really heartbreaking. I've got constituents who have lost their jobs, whose loved ones are dying in care homes and they can't get to see them - if MPs get an email that says 'we're praying for you', that's hugely encouraging." 

Other MPs who have received prayers include Labour's shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds, Conservative Harriett Baldwin and Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk. 


Matthew Rees, head of Advocacy for Open Doors UK & Ireland, added: "These parliamentarians are under incredible pressure due to COVID19.

"We want to show parliamentarians that we stand with them. Our supporters are regularly lobbying them throughout the year on issues related to Christian persecution, it's nice to have no ulterior motive except to offer them some encouragement."

Anyone who wants to make a prayer can do until the end of May and take a photo of it and post it on social media tagging @opendoorsuk with the hashtag #WeStandTogether.


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