“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
This Sunday, May 21st is being observed by Christian churches and other faith-based organizations around the world as a global day of prayer to end famine. It’s a movement that has emerged in response to famine and near famine conditions being faced by millions of people across East Africa. The United Nations is calling it the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War. They estimate that more than 20 million people across Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are on the brink of or are already experiencing famine. Millions more in Kenya and Ethiopia are also facing serious drought and food shortages. The need for prayerful action is immense and critical.
If you want to find out more about the situation and what some organizations are doing to help, I recommend going to this page http://pwrdf.org/2017/east-african-appeal/ from the Primates World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), and/or here http://www.wvi.org/east-africahunger-crisis/pressrelease/world-vision-backs-global-day-prayer-end-famine to see what World Vision is doing.
For our part the people of St. Paul’s will be gathering on Sunday to pray together as we normally do, but this Sunday our focus will be on praying especially for the people facing this dire situation, for an end to the violent conflicts and injustices which are at the root cause of this crisis, for the safety and well-being of the people on the front-lines trying to bring relief, and for the people of the world to take action.
We also plan on giving substance to our prayers by dedicating the whole of our open offering this Sunday, as well as any specially designated envelope offerings received this Sunday,to the famine relief work of PWRDF. And we encourage our members to continue to support these efforts either along alongside their regular Sunday offering, or by giving directly to PWRDF or similar organizations.
Donations can be made online to the PWRDF East Africa Appeal here
Or by mail here:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2
(Please make cheques payable to PWRDF, Emergency Response East Africa)
I hope you’re able to join us on Sunday, in person or in spirit, as we turn together to God trusting that he is both willing and able to answer all our prayers.
Rev. David Turner +