Global Ministries Joins Ecumenical Call for Prayer to End Famine
Global Ministries, the worldwide mission agency of The United Methodist Church, has joined an ecumenical call to observe June 10, 2018, as the second annual Global Day of Prayer to End Famine.
The Horn of Africa in East Africa (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia), Yemen and northeastern Nigeria—places where the United Methodist Committee on Relief has anti-famine work—are the focus areas of the observance. The Global Day of Prayer to End Famine is sponsored by the World Council of Churches, World Evangelical Alliance, and All Africa Conference of Churches in cooperation with a broad network of denominations and ecumenical organizations.
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According to the call for prayer, across the target regions there are: “30 million people are experiencing shocking levels of hunger. But, that famine is only the tip of the iceberg of food insecurity that is experienced globally. In 2017, almost 124 million people across 51 countries and territories faced crisis levels of acute food insecurity or worse.”
“This ecumenical occasion gives United Methodists an opportunity to join with other Christians in recognizing and responding to one of the major crises facing the whole human family: food scarcity,” said Thomas Kemper, chief executive of Global Ministries, the mission agency that incorporates UMCOR. “We are pleased that this year’s prayer focus includes places in Africa and the Middle East where we are acutely aware of famine conditions and are already working to assure that everyone has enough to eat.
“While action is needed to combat famine, we firmly believe in the need for prayer in response to human needs and as a part of all forms of mission outreach. The Winter 2018 issue of our mission magazine, New World Outlook, is devoted to the theme, ‘Praying—the Heart of Mission Ministry.’”
The basic call to observe the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine and links to factual and liturgical resources can be found online:
Global Day of Prayer to End Famine
Facts and reflections on target areas are also online:
Famine Facts and Reflections
UMCOR at work in target areas
More than a year ago, UMCOR highlighted famine in the Horn of Africa in East Africa, including South Sudan and Uganda, in an article and photographs. UMCOR also reported on conditions and solicited support to relieve hunger in northeastern Nigeria.
The UMCOR-produced, Food Aid for Yemen, also provides information about our work to alleviate hunger in this region.
Contributions for famine relief can be made at any time online at International relief, Advance #982450.
You can also give by check or phone.
Basic United Methodist resources on faith and famine
• United Methodist Church Resolution on “Food, Justice and World Hunger”
• Several sermons by John Wesley, Methodism’s founder, are relevant to famine and poverty. Available online a “The More Excellent Way,” "The Use of Money” and “On the Danger of Riches”
Current United Methodist resources on mission and prayer
• The annual Prayer Calendar, published jointly by United Methodist Women and Global Ministries, contains many prayers that include the issues of poverty and famine. The 2018 calendar can be ordered at the reduced price of $5.00 from United Methodist Women.
• New World Outlook issue on “Praying—the Heart of Mission Ministry,” Winter 2018. (To request a copy of the magazine go online to umcmission.org/Find-Resources/New-World-Outlook-Magazine/New-World-Outlook and send a note where indicated).