Here’s what the World Council of Prayers has to say about the need to end famine.
“We are not only called to respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers in dire situations in a compassionate, timely and sufficient manner. We are also commanded to see the divine in those who are suffering. We must appreciate their resilience, opinions, and solutions and to respect their dignity as we respond. May our prayers invoke the grace of God, and mobilize people to bring about peace and an end to hunger and violence!” – Rev. Dr. Olav Fyske Tveit, World Council of Churches, and Rev. Dr. Andre Karamaga, All Africa Conference of Churches
On May 21, 2017, churches, organizations and individuals across the world will unite for the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine. Will you join us?
The Need to End Famine is Urgent
The hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa is reaching critical levels. More than 20 million people are at risk of famine in this vulnerable region. Famine has already been declared in areas of South Sudan. Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen are next. Millions more are suffering from drought and food shortages across East Africa.
The United Nations said this famine will be the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. Based on previous world experiences, hundreds of thousands of people die before famine is declared. The full scale may not be known for years. This means that now is the time to pray.
Food for the Hungry (FH) joined over 20 denominations and many relief and development organizations to call for a worldwide day of prayer to end famine. We fear that on its current course, the world will not respond to this critical moment of widespread need.
The Response is Simple
The Church has an opportunity to pray for God’s intervention and simultaneously to draw attention to this unprecedented crisis. Your church or organization can participate by joining your voice with those of Christian brothers and sisters around the world.
- In your church services on May 21, dedicate time to pray for the global hunger crisis.
- Choose ways for your congregation to respond, whether by sharing, advocating or giving. Consider supporting an organization that your congregation already knows and trusts. (If you choose to support FH, you can give toward relief here.)
- Join the movement by informing the global coalition that your congregation is joining in prayer.
Thank you for joining FH and other organizations and churches around the world in prayer this May to end famine!