In response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia

Matthew 25: 35-36 says:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Heavenly Father we pray for the tragedy that is unfolding in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and  Somalia. For what is being called the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War 2.

20 million people at risk across these 4 countries and unless the world acts now 1.6 million children will die of starvation before the end of the year. 

Years of conflict and civil war across the region coupled with drought have led to an unprecedented scenario… 

So we need an unprecedented response, and yet world leaders are not working together. 

Nationalism, with its tightened attitudes and borders, is on the increase and Internationalism and Global accountability seem to be on the decline.

Lord God, guide us to the right response to rescue these your people from certain death. Install your wisdom in the hearts of world leaders. Instead of diplomatic rows dividing countries, let there be a shared sense of compassion and a willingness to resolve the issues.

We pray the money required to solve the problems is forthcoming – pledged immediately, delivered straight after, so that agencies can do their work.

Bless the work of the United Nations, of their World Food program, of Unicef, Save the Children, Oxfam and others. We pray that they would work seamlessly with local NGOs in conflict stricken places so that food aid would get to those most in need.

We pray that there would be an outpouring of compassion and giving from all of us, not just from governments. That each of us would do what we can and not turn a blind eye. The world is in crisis Lord and you are watching.

  • Let us not let you and the starving millions down
  • Let us look on those suffering with your mercy
  • Let us share our wealth and our blessings with those who have nothing
  • Let us be shepherds to your sheep, and love as you love us 

Amen

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Before the current drought…
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