“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…”
- Matthew 25:35 (NIV)
More people face famine today than any time in modern history.
Our world is experiencing a hunger crisis so large that the United Nations is calling it “the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945”. Famine has been declared in areas of South Sudan, with Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen on the brink of famine from drought and conflict. Millions more in countries like Kenya and Ethiopia are suffering from drought and food shortages.
More than 1.4 million children are at death’s door.
Now more than ever, the Church needs to come together to pray and respond to those in need. In Matthew 25, Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” For people of faith, this is our moral imperative: Feed the vulnerable. Build peace.
The importance of prayer cannot be understated, as each and every petition adds to the fulfillment of God’s glory and kingdom on earth. When we pray as one Church, God reveals himself and ministers to the world through a deepening love for God and for one another. As Martin Luther observed, “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.” Our prayers are an act of worship, love, sacrifice and faith.
The Global Day of Prayer to End Famine is a faith-based response to the current hunger crisis. At the invitation of the World Council of Churches, a fellowship of 348 member churches in more than 110 countries, together representing over 560 million Christians, and the All Africa Council of Churches, the Global Day of Prayer brings together a wide range of church networks and traditions, ecumenical partners and faith-based organizations to join in prayers, to overcome hunger and famine.
Join us as we pray together for justice and peace, for an end to the violence that hurts both current and future generations, for the children and families in immediate need, and for those who make sacrifices while responding to the crisis.