National Council of Churches in India – Unity and Mission
Ecumenical Commission on Drought and Water Management (ECODAWM)
World Council of Churches – Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC – EAA) and
All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC)
in extending an Invitation to
All Churches, Christian Organisations and All Faith Communities to participate in the
Global Day of Prayer to End Famine (May 21, 2017).
The Church Leaders, Heads of the Institutions and
Leaders of all Faith Communities
Respected and Revered Church Leaders, Heads of the Institutions and All Faith Leaders,
Greetings of Peace!
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35).
Most of the Earth Communities including human communities of today face drought and famine, more than at any time in modern history. Famine has been declared in South Sudan. Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen are on the brink of famine and drought, and some of the Indian States are facing a similar situation.
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. Hence, Church as a community that cares for others, have a responsibility and prophetic role in calling to mobilizing their members, the wider society and governments, and making a difference during this unprecedented period of suffering.
At this juncture of crisis, the World Council of Churches – Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC – EAA) joins the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) in inviting the entire global Christian faith communities and ecclesial confessions to participate in the ‘Global Day of Prayer to End Famine’ on the May 21st 2017. with a special focus on the African continent. Thousands of churches, church related organisations and faith communities and their net-works in hundreds of countries are joining this global campaign considering its timely importance and need.
As we all are aware, India is not free of such vulnerability. Agriculture is slowly dying. Everywhere we witness water scarcity and in some places hunger deaths. In many parts of India, farmers commit suicide due to unprecedented drought,
Therefore, the National Council of Churches in India (Unity and Mission), and Ecumenical Commission on Drought and Water Management join together in encouraging all Indian Churches to participate in the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine, and pray for India also along with offering prayers for Africa.
We sincerely request you to encourage all your local congregations and grass-root communities to join this prayer campaign on the 21st May 2017, to pray during our Sunday holy Masses, Worships and Services, beseeching God’s pardon for human sin against the earth communities and seeking God’s providential grace to end famine and give life.
Nations from the North, South, East and West are urged to embark on this Prayer Journey. It is a journey that is not about us, but about a world in desperate need of God’s compassionate love. It is a call to respond to God’s invitation in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. May God hear our prayers, forgive our sin and heal our land.
Come let us join the ‘Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace’ with faith and prayer that bring blessings to all the earth communities. May our collective repentance, prayer and timely intervention assure and ensure ‘zero hunger deaths’.
With kind regards and prayers,
|Dr. William Stanley
|Rev. R. Christopher Rajkumar
NCCI – Unity and Mission
|Rt. Rev Dr. P C Singh
President – NCCI
|Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad
General Secretary – NCCI
The WCC worship and prayer resources are available in https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/events/global-day-of-prayer-to-end-famine.
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