Call to Action

As a contribution by the faith community to a global effort to prevent famine, the 2017 Global Day of Prayer to End Famine played a critical role in raising awareness in faith communities and among global leaders of this under-reported and unfolding tragedy. This united effort was a strong contribution to mobilizing greater action across the world which led to famine being averted and/or rolled back in the short-term.

However, the risk continues into 2018. 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. Famine, drought and armed conflict, are making millions of our sisters and brothers hungry, homeless and vulnerable to conflicts, violence, and abuse.

The world continues to face an unprecedented catastrophe where 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria are living on the brink of famine. With concerted effort last year famine was averted or rolled back—however, in 2018, the risk of famine remains or has increased and has the potential to spread to other areas.

In a world where is more than enough resources and food for all, less than 50% of needed resources to address these challenges are being collected. While in most parts of the world, we have peace, we are not only unable to stop festering localized conflicts, and many across the world are guilty of encouraging the fratricidal slaughters. 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. Apart from strengthening the ongoing peace initiatives at the national and community level and increasing support for humanitarian responses, including greater access to the most vulnerable communities, we also must stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers to support them to realize a future free of extreme poverty, hunger, and violence.

Let us observe 10 June 2018 as a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine. May our prayers join the millions of our sisters and brothers as they cry to the Lord to be delivered from their distress.

We are calling on all our faithful, to mobilize their congregations and organizations, the wider society and governments, to make a difference during this unprecedented period of suffering. But the most disastrous effects of this crisis can be avoided if we act together to:

1.   Respond to the acute and urgent need for resources.

There is huge shortfall in resources being committed to fund life-saving aid. So far only $1.3 billion of the $4.9 billion needed has been received. The rest is urgently required.  We have to hold ourselves, our societies and our governments accountable to marshall the resources needed to address this crisis and get those resources on the ground as soon as possible.

2.   Commit to work for peace through addressing the drivers of conflict and injustice.

We resolve to foster peace in communities before and after conflicts breaks out; hold governments and others who are in power accountable for perpetrating human rights abuses and escalating, rather than de-escalating conflicts; and partner with governments to build up institutions and civil society for respecting the rule of law.

3.   Address the root causes of extreme hunger over the long term through sustainable development.

We resolve to address the issues of:
     a.  Climate change, which impacts the poor disproportionately
     b.  Gender inequity, which perpetuates injustice and impoverishment of families and communities
     c.  Support for male and female smallholder farmers, who produce the majority of the world’s food but often lack secure rights to the productive resources, such as land, water, seeds, markets and financial means, which would help them to have food security and to live with dignity.
     d.  Peacebuilding and conflict resolution at the community, national and global levels.

May the grace of God dispel the droughts and famine within us and surrounding and transform the world, reflecting the love and faithfulness of God. May God’s mercy make even the driest land become a garden, and restore life to dry bones within us and around us.  (Ezekiel 37:1-14).

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 in 2017.


Partners in the 2017 & 2018 calls to prayer

INTERNATIONAL &
REGIONAL PARTNERS

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
     Health
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


NATIONAL PARTNERS

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
     Tchad
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
     Churches
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
     Deutschland
Feba Radio UK
Galewood CUCC
German Protestant Church in Thailand
Glenwood United Church (Canada)
Gongabu Christian Church (Nepal)
Gospel Fellowship of India
HEKS/EPER
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
     Philippines

 


Sisters of Mercy International Association
UMCOR
United Evangelical Mission
United Methodist Church, Global
     Ministries
Uniting Reformed Church in Southern
     Africa
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
     Canada
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
     (Philippines)
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
     Hospitals
Zimbabwe Council of Churches

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