Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: What is PEG?

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We are being called upon to join in a six-month Easter area prayer initiative under the title ‘Pray for Economic Growth’.

The bright green publicity flyers which are being distributed in and around the town highlight a number of key problems affecting us:

• A low wage economy

• Insufficient full-time jobs

• A shortage of permanent jobs

• Fewer large employers and high-tech industries than in other localities

• Weak transport infrastructure and distance from markets

• A net outflow of young talent

• A serious skills wastage

Our Mayor, Councillor Carolyn Heaps, is a moving force in the new scheme, which is also supported by Churches Together for Eastbourne, the Prayer Centre and People Matter, whose General Manager Peter Moore has commented on developments since the launch of PEG. “There has been a good response to the cause. The three main topics for which we are requesting prayer are that the town’s economy be strengthened, more jobs be created, along with a reduction in the high number of unemployed jobseekers in Eastbourne.”

Peter added that people can pray individually, of course, but he hopes that groups for prayer will be formed in churches as well as members of different congregations getting together to pray.

The PEG leaflet gives much more detail and lists dates and venues for corporate prayer from now until the end of the year. The culmination will be the Mayor’s 24 Hours of Prayer at the Town Hall, starting at 10.00 am on Saturday 21st January.

Regular updates can be found on www.people-matter.org.uk (click on Pray for Economic Growth).

Alternatively, phone the People Matter office on (01323) 431289.

A challenge from Old Testament times is without doubt applicable to our current situation.

‘Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers you too will prosper’ (Jeremiah 29, 7).