Acute Need in Horn of Africa

Saturday, August 31

8-31By Alex Kahtava of Raymore, Missouri, USA

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

—1 John 3:17

A Community of Christ World Hunger grant of US$20,000 provided relief to many suffering from drought in the Horn of Africa. More than 11 million people are in acute need of food assistance. The United Nations has called it the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

A declaration of famine in parts of southern Somalia has been issued. The crisis extends across parts of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. World Church leaders are working with church leaders in Kenya, where Community of Christ has a strong presence.

As we strive to love one another, there is concern the famine will spread. Many people rely on livestock, which are dying in massive numbers because of lack of feed and water. The world’s largest refugee site, Dadaab, is overcrowded with more than 465,000 displaced people in camps originally designed for 90,000. Because of your contributions to the Abolish Poverty, End Suffering Mission Initiative, which includes World Hunger, Community of Christ can respond as an international church to the famine in East Africa.

Thank you for responding generously to this acute need.

Prayer for Peace
God who weeps for the hungry, may we who weep with you turn our tears into tangible love. May we use our finances as funds of compassion. May we share food for the body and Christ’s peace for the soul.

Spiritual Practice: Abolish Poverty, End Suffering
Read and reflect on John 21:15–17 as a meditation. Let your mind be drawn to places where people have no homes. Think of refugees whose homes were destroyed by war or natural disaster. Be aware of the hungry and homeless, who wander the streets or live in shelters. Let the images fill your mind. Offer a prayer for those who suffer. Imagine Christ tending those sheep. Think of ways you might end their suffering as part of your mission. Throughout the day, carry in your mind the voice of Christ saying: “Feed my lambs…tend my sheep…feed my sheep.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will not reach for more bread than I need. May I rather reach out to those in need of the bread of life.

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  1. Famine | hypermagination

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