A Call for a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

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.

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A message from the general secretary of the World Council of Churches Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit encouraging people of faith and good will around the world to observe the global day of prayer on 21 May.



ACT Alliance
All Africa Conference of Churches
Anglican Alliance
Arigatou International
Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa
Caritas in Veritate International
Catholic Union of Superiors General
Christian Conference of Asia
Christian Connections for International
Community of St. Eggidio
Faith & Justice Network of the Mano River      Basin Countries (Western Africa)
Fracarita International (Brothers of Charity)
Food for the Hungry
Global Christian Forum


ADRA Canada
All We Can - Methodist Relief and
     Development (UK)
American Friends of the Episcopal Church      of the Sudans
Anglican Diocese of Edmonton
Anglican Parish of Ipswich North
Armenia Interchurch Roundtable
ARISE Church New Zealand
Association des églises évangéliques
     réformées du Burkina Faso (AEERB)
Association Évangélique pour la santé au
Association of Franciscan Families of India
Bread for the World (USA)
Canadian Baptist Ministries
Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Carlisle/Kilbride, United Church of Canada
Centro La Pietà
Christian Council of Nigeria
Christian World Service (NZ)
Christ Church Anglican (Canada)
Church of Scotland
Church of Sweden
Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children
    and Families
Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa
Ecumenical Council for Drought Action
     and Water Management - India
Eglise Protestante Méthodiste du Bénin
Epimu Epimaque Munyankindi, Rwanda
Episcopal Church of Guatemala
Eucharistic Catholic Church (Canada)
Ev.-luth Missionswerk, Niedersachsen
Evangelical Association of Malawi


Global Ministries of the Disciples of Christ
     and United Church of Christ
IMA World Health
Lutheran World Federation
Medical Mission Sisters
Methodist Church of Southern Africa
Oikotree Movement
Organisation of African Instituted
Prayer and Action for Children
Presbyterian Church of East Africa
     Women's Guild
Presbyterian World Service &
    Development (Canada)
Religions for Peace
Salvation Army International


Evangelical Church of India, Kolkata
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada
Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana
Evangelical-Reformed Congregation in
     Warsaw, Poland
Evangelische Gemeinde Deutscher
     Sprache in Ethiopia
Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland
Evangelisches Missionswerk in
Feba Radio UK
Galewood CUCC
German Protestant Church in Thailand
Glenwood United Church (Canada)
Gongabu Christian Church (Nepal)
Gospel Fellowship of India
Independence UMC (US)
Institute of Church and Society, Ibadan
Jamaica Council of Churches
Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church
Kindernothilfe e.V
Lippische Landeskirche (Germany)
Lutheran Church of Australia
Lutheran World Service India Trust
Mennonite Brethren Church (Malawi)
Mennonite Central Committee Canada
Mennonite Church of India
Methodist Church of New Zealand Te
     Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa
National Council of Churches of India
National Council of Churches in the


Sisters of Mercy International Association
United Evangelical Mission
United Methodist Church, Global
Uniting Reformed Church in Southern
World Communion of Reformed Churches
World Council of Churches
World Evangelical Alliance
World Food Programme
World Methodist Council
World Renew
World Vision International
World YMCA


Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa NZ
Primate's World Relief and Development
     Fund (Canada)
Protestant Youth Federation in Germany
Ramah Christian Center (US)
South Sudan Council of Churches
St. Alban's Church (Washington, DC)
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Ottawa
Trinity United Methodist Church
    Gloucester City, NJ
UCCP Bulanao Capitol Church
United Christian Action New Delhi
United Church of Canada
United Church of Christ (US)
Verband der Evangelischen Studierenden
     Gemeinden in Deutschland (ESG)
Vuga Bible School (Tanzania)
Wellspring Community Australia
World Day of Prayer USA
World Relief Canada
YWCA Kenya
Zimbabwe Association of Church Related
Zimbabwe Council of Churches

Let us know if you would like to join as a partner HERE.

Letter from World Council of Churches and All Africa Conference of Churches

Geneva, April 21, 2017

A Call for a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

Christ has Risen!
This period between Easter and the Ascension is one of the most significant times in the church calendar. It is a period of 40 days after his resurrection, when Jesus lived among the people, continuing his ministry, restoring and nourishing hope and giving life with dignity. It is also a period, when, as people of faith, we are obliged to turn our attention, prayerfully and with dedication, to the most crying needs in our society.

Currently, more people face famine today than any time in modern history. Famine has been declared in South Sudan. Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen are on the brink of famine. Globally, more than 20 million people are at risk of starvation, while millions more suffer from drought and food shortages. In this desperate situation children suffer most and become increasingly vulnerable. The UN is calling this the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945.

There is great danger that on its current course, the global response to this crisis will be hugely inadequate and will lead to unimaginable suffering and death, which is eminently avoidable.

We believe the churches have a prophetic role in calling to mobilizing their members, the wider society and governments, and making a difference during this unprecedented period of suffering.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35
 “So God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

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 and to 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!

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches, along with church-related networks and organizations and partners, are promoting the 21 May 2017 to be observed as a ‘Global Day of Prayer to End Famine’ in faith congregations worldwide.

We are inviting church-related networks and organizations and partners to join us and advocate this date to mobilize people of faith. Kindly see the details on how you can join us in this important endeavour, as part of our Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace, below.

May God bless you!

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
General Secretary World Council of Churches
Rev. Dr André Karamaga
General Secretary All Africa Conference of Churches


Learn more about the hunger crises HERE.

To join as a partner, please let us know HERE.

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