WCC and partners plan Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

By agency reporter
May 7, 2018

The World Council of Churches, World Evangelical Alliance and All Africa Conference of Churches, along with church-related humanitarian organisations and a coalition of church-related networks, organisations and partners, are planning 10 June 2018 as a second Global Day of Prayer to End Famine to be observed in faith congregations worldwide.

The initiative aims to unite global faith communities all over the world to promote prayer, reflection and action; bring awareness regarding famine’s impact on the most vulnerable children and families; help address the root causes of famine; and connect with people and organisations currently working to bring immediate relief and long-term change so children and families can live out God’s aspiration for a dignified, peaceful and violence-free future.

After years of a steady and remarkable progress on reducing world hunger, the numbers of hungry people globally have started to climb – a startling reversal less than three years after global leaders collectively agreed that achieving the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals demanded that no-one be left behind.

In a world where is more than enough resources and food for all, less than 50 per cent of needed resources to address these challenges are being collected. While in most parts of the world, there is peace, festering localised conflicts remain, and children, young men, and women have been among the most affected. Millions of women and girls are exposed to gender-based violence in these crisis-affected areas.

As a contribution by the faith community to a global effort to prevent famine, the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine can play a critical role in raising awareness of an under-reported and unfolding tragedy.

A resource pack for the Day of Prayer to End Famine, including prayers, liturgical material and other resources, will be made available by convening organisations in mid-May 2018.

* More abour the Day of Prayer to End Famine here

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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