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World Council of Churches (WCC) Promotes a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

By Cynthia Mack*

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
 
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 (WCC), 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.
If you are interested, or wish to join this effort, please complete the online form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D3WJ7Q3.

south-sudan-2017-jeffrey-C3615 copy.jpgAgong Ken looks on as nurse Wol Wol examines her malnourished son, three-year old Run Rach, in a health center in Majak Kar, a village in South Sudan's Lol State where a persistent drought has destroyed crops, left people hungry, and pushed up incidences of malnutrition. Martin Agar, a nurse's assistant, looks on. The clinic is run by Premiere Urgence, and works in coordination with local partners supported by the ACT Alliance. PHOTO: PAUL JEFFREY

Below is a set of resources, sermons, articles and videos to prepare you for the WCC's Global Day of Prayer to End Famine.

Resources

The WCC fact sheet
The WCC Order of Prayer
The Selected UMC Resources
The WCC Main Messages

General Board of Church in Society Social Principles: Par. 164A declares access to food is a basic human right.
United Methodist Church, Food, Justice and World Hunger 4051, 2008 BOR
 

Selected Sermons of John Wesley

"The More Excellent Way
"The Use of Money
On the Danger of Riches” 
On the Danger of Increasing Riches” 
National Sins and Miseries
 

ArtIcles

http://www.umcmission.org/learn-about-us/news-and-stories/2017/march/0320response-to-humanitarian-crises-in-the-horn-of-africa 
http://www.umcmission.org/find-resources/new-world-outlook-magazine/2017/april/0406thetheologyofdisasterreliefandrehabilitation
http://www.umcor.org/umcor/resources/news-stories/2016/march/0331malawidrought
http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Resources/News-Stories/2014/June/0605morewaterlesshunger
http://www.umcmission.org/learn-about-us/news-and-stories/2017/february/0222freefrompovertyandfoodinsecurity 
http://www.umcmission.org/learn-about-us/news-and-stories/2016/april/0404foodcrisisandviolence
http://www.umcor.org/umcor/resources/news-stories/2015/june/0611yemenfoodaid
http://www.umcmission.org/learn-about-us/news-and-stories/2015/april/0430asafetynetformary
 

Videos

Food Aid for Yemen:  http://www.umcmission.org/Find-Resources/Media-Gallery/Videos/food-aid-for-yemen
 

Advance Projects

The United Methodist Church is engaged in the following Advance Projects to eradicate hunger. Please consider supporting one of these projects as part of the global day of prayer.

World Hunger and Poverty: http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/982920 
CWS/CROP Hunger Walk: http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/982380 
Faith-based Advocacy to End Hunger: http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/982325 
The Big Garden: http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/3021107 
Agriculture project in the Congo: http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/3022148 
Food Bank Resources: http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/98249

*Cynthia Mack is the Digital Asset Associate for Global Ministries.