Prayers and resources for people experiencing severe hunger in Yemen

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis right now, with more than eight million people facing famine. (Photo: WFP/ Jonathan Dumont)

Prayers and resources for people experiencing severe hunger in Yemen

Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis right now. Conflict has resulted in widespread hunger, with more than eight million people facing famine.

Hearing the scale of the need can be overwhelming. What can we do? How can we pray?

Below, find prayers and other resources you can use as a church, individual or family to remember those who are facing famine in Yemen today.

  1. Loving God,
    we bring before You the people of Yemen.
    who are currently experiencing famine and personal hardship.
    We do not know them personally,
    but we share a common bond as human beings, created in Your image.Our hearts go out to them,
    as many find themselves in desperate circumstances—
    without food, without shelter, without hope.There seems to be so little that we can do for them.
    The pictures on the news are difficult to watch,
    and we’d often rather look away.
    But you have called us to be your hands and feet in our world;
    to speak and act for those who cannot speak and act for themselves.So we pray that Your Holy Spirit would prompt us to action.
    Give us generous hearts,
    to share freely with those who have nothing.
    Give us courage to speak on their behalf
    to those who are shaping our country’s response.
    Give us perseverance,
    to continue to pray fervently for their welfare.Grant us Your mercy, God,
    as we seek to live out our calling as Your disciples.
    We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.— Christine Longhurst on behalf of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  2. God of all grace,
    who in Jesus cried, ‘I thirst,’
    Hold the people of Yemen.
    in your infinite love.Be with those for whom the earth’s resources have run dry;
    Be with those who must walk for miles to find their daily bread;
    Be with those for whom survival is a fragile hope.And be with us,
    as we read the stories of those who bear such acute suffering;
    Give us hearts of compassion to respond in your service,
    So that together we may see restoration where there is pain,
    And all may rejoice in your goodness. Amen– posted on the Christian Aid website. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/

Other prayers for those who are hungry and caught in desperate situations:

Prayer for those with nothing to eat

Prayer of Intercession in a time of famine

Prayer for Children

Prayer: Open our eyes

Offering Prayer: Multiply our gifts