In the midst of one of the worst hunger crises in history, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank is mobilizing the church to pray on Sunday, October 16 – World Food Day.
Founded by the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945, World Food Day was established to increase awareness of world hunger and poverty and to inspire solutions for world change and is observed annually every Oct.16.
As we approach World Food Day 2022, there has been more conflict, more climate extremes, more inflation and rising prices and more hunger than anytime in the last five years. And all of this greatly impacts global food security. As many as 828 million people are facing hunger, up over 150 million since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a Christian response to hunger, the Foodgrains Bank is inviting churches to mark World Food Day together and is hosting an online National Prayer Gathering on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm CDT. Churches from across Canada will join together as people, organizations and Christian communities to pray for and end to the injustice of hunger.
Public engagement manager Arisnel Mesidor says this ecumenical event is open to Christians of all backgrounds who want to stand together for those around the world facing food insecurity.
“If we’re going to be fruitful, we need to make sure that God is in our plans,” explained Mesidor. “We want to mark World Food Day with prayer, one of our most meaningful actions we can take.”
The National Prayer Gathering is taking place online with virtual breakout rooms for small groups to gather around the following prayer topics:
- Thanksgiving for God’s provision of food.
- Protection of those who are currently dealing with hunger.
- A spirit of sharing and generosity.
- Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s members and their partners.
- Blessing on local churches, community groups and individuals who support the work of ending hunger.
- For the success of the hunger-alleviation projects.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14)
If you would like to access resources for your church to use this World Food Day, visit UntilAllAreFed.ca.
We’re also asking you to join us for our National Prayer Gathering virtual event on Sunday, October 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. CDT. Register now to gather and stand in prayer for an end to hunger.