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Have you decided to do something for Lent this year? Lent begins February 14 and continues through March 31. Many people give up something for Lent, but we’d like to ask you to take on something during the 40 days of Lent. We’d like you to pray for Keys for Kids Ministries. We’re calling it the 40 Days of Prayer for Kids.

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Week 2

Day 11 (February 26) – Pray for our Keys for Kids Chinese department. This department has been recently launched and we are working on translating our resources for the Chinese-speaking population worldwide, including restricted places in Asia. We need to raise nearly $60,000 for the department this year.

Day 12 (February 27) – Keys for Kids Ministries has about 20 people who regularly write for our Keys for Kids devotional (keysforkids.org/getkeys). They come from all walks of life. Please pray for our contributors. Pray that God will give them wisdom as they write stories for Keys for Kids. Pray that God will use stories to lead kids to Jesus and encourage them to read the Bible and share their faith with others as they grow spiritually.
 
Day 13 (February 28) – Emily Tenter, the editorial assistant for our Keys for Kids devotional (and previous host for the Unlocked podcast), is leaving Keys for Kids Ministries so she can stay home with her growing family. We appreciate all the work Emily has done at Keys for Kids over the past five years and are sad to see her go. We are also excited to have Zoe Brickner, a previous intern, join our team as our new editorial assistant. Please pray for both Emily and Zoe as they start these new chapters in their lives. Also pray for our editorial department as we navigate this change and seek God’s guidance in shaping the Keys for Kids devotional in the months and years ahead.

Day 14 (February 29) – The Keys for Kids Storyteller program currently has nine languages completed. We have two more in various phases of completion (Swahili and Pashto). Storytellers are solar-powered MP3 players with an audio Bible and Keys for Kids stories loaded on them (keysforkids.org/storyteller). We continually distribute Storytellers in Nepal and Pakistan. Lack of funding is all that keeps us from doing more. Pray that they would be distributed well, and that they would touch the hearts of unreached people groups in the northwest region of Nepal and Pakistan.
 
Day 15 (March 1) – Pray for the Keys for Kids Ministries staff and leaders as we begin to create a new strategic plan, which we hope to have completed by the end of the year. Please pray that our staff can work together seamlessly to continue doing the work we do. Sometimes plans can get in the way of the Holy Spirit leading us. Pray that we’ll be open to the Spirit’s leading as we ignite a passion for Christ in kids, teens, and families worldwide.  
 
Day 16 (March 2) – Pray for Megan, our editorial intern, as she is nearing the end of her work with us. Pray that God will bless the work she has done and that her experience with Keys for Kids Ministries will lead to more opportunities when she graduates from college. Pray, too, that through her work, more people will be blessed by our materials. 

Note (March 3): Sundays are not included in the 40 days of Lent. Enjoy celebrating Jesus with your church family today!

Week 1

Day 1 (February 14) – “Your prayers are our iron dome,” says a pastor in Ukraine. Pray for Mission Eurasia. They’re helping us translate Keys for Kids and Unlocked devotionals into Russian and Ukrainian in Ukraine. We have 8 months to complete. Pray for the work pastors and Christian leaders are doing in Ukraine as the bombing continues inside the country. Funding is needed to provide these resources to youth ministry leaders, pastors, and camp directors.

Day 2 (February 15) – Pray that the Keys for Kids Radio team would be able to have fun on the air while staying faithful to God’s Word. Pray that they would be able to meet the challenges of writing, recording, and producing many programs a week. Also pray over the hopes of a new streaming service geared towards young families. 

Day 3 (February 16) – Pray for the Keys for Kids Nepali Team. Keys for Kids has been translated into the Nepali language. It’s also being produced into radio programming. Currently, it’s heard on 20 radio stations in Nepal. Pray also that the team in Nepal can determine the effectiveness of the books, Storytellers (solar-powered MP3 players with an audio Bible and Keys for Kids audio stories), and radio programs.
 
Day 4 (February 17) – Pray for the staff of Keys for Kids Ministries as we continue to pursue the calling that God has given each of us. Ask the Lord to protect the team from sickness, discouragement, and sin. Ask that God would make His will clear and draw us deeper into His plan so that nothing can hinder us from igniting a passion for Christ in kids, teens, and families worldwide.
 
Note (February 18): Sundays are not included in the 40 days of Lent. Enjoy celebrating Jesus with your church family today! 

Day 5 (February 19) – Ask God to use our Keys for Camps program to encourage campers who receive our Keys for Kids and Unlocked devotionals each quarter. Pray that the campers would regularly read the devotions, maintain their focus during reading, and take the message of God’s Word to heart. If there are campers who have stopped reading for whatever reason, ask the Holy Spirit to remind them to start reading the devotions again.
 
Day 6 (February 20) – Keys for Kids Ministries has two mobile apps that serve to ignite a passion for Christ in kids and teens. The Keys for Kids app platform is being phased out. We need to find a new platform. That will require about $10,000 to update and transfer our current app platform to the new one. Pray also for wisdom as we continue to promote the Unlocked app to more teens. We believe it’s an effective evangelistic and discipleship tool. The app has been downloaded more than 40,000 times.

Day 7 (February 21) – Pray that the Holy Spirit will intervene to soften the hearts of kids, teens, and families around the world who are reading or listening to our devotions, and that they would give their lives to Christ.
 
Day 8 (February 22) – Pray for Phil Ayres (the voice of Zach) as he records Keys for Kids stories and other audio for Keys for Kids Radio. Ask God to protect him from sickness, give him wisdom as he writes copy for the programs, and provide words that would clearly communicate the message of the gospel through each recording. Phil is also a pastor. Pray God’s blessing upon his preaching and teaching.
 
Day 9 (February 23) – The summer camp season is just a few months away. Ask God to bless our Keys for Camps program. This is a program that helps camps encourage campers to stay in God’s Word all year long—not just for a week at camp—by creating resources sent directly to campers' homes. Pray that Brian Jones (our Camp Coordinator) can recruit camps for the program. Ask God to open these ministry doors to help us touch the lives of more than 50,000 campers this year. Most importantly, ask God to lead kids, teens, and families to Himself and help them grow in their faith. 
 
Day 10 (February 24) – Funding is an essential piece of Keys for Kids Ministries. Funding allows us to print devotionals and books, create and distribute radio programming, translate our materials, and pay our utilities and staff. Would you pray that God would call people to rise and give monthly toward the mission we believe God has set for us? In conjunction, please pray that the Lord will give us discernment, and reveal what doors of the ministry need to be opened or closed.

Note (February 25): Sundays are not included in the 40 days of Lent. Enjoy celebrating Jesus with your church family today!

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