Life giving and loving God,
We bring to you our love, our concern and our prayers for the millions of people facing hunger and starvation in the region around the Horn of Africa.
We remember particularly those in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, and Yemen facing the combined forces of drought, violence and climate change.
We confess that our failure to care for creation continues to cause pain and suffering beyond imagining;
The world’s indifference and inability to address hatred, conflict and oppression threatens the well-being of millions.
We mourn that in many parts of Africa
lush lands are becoming barren;
water is becoming scarce;
people are displaced from their homes
and people are in hunger.
We lament that hunger and starvation is the world’s failure to give priority to the well-being of all people.
We pray that we remain aware during this unfolding tragedy.
that wisdom be our support and;
compassion and love our purpose.
We pray that we will not ignore those in need but hold out our hands in love, friendship and support.
We give thanks to our Mission & Service partners, including ACT Alliance working in this region to address hunger each and every day.
And we give thanks for the work of the United Nations World Food Programme and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which provides sustenance to people and communities in Africa facing extreme hunger.
Creator, help us to remember that our actions, no matter the size, matter. That each response is an answer to your call to care for those in need.
May our prayers and deeds bring about abundant life for all.