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World Prayers for July 20-26: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico

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A woman prays at her church in Guatemala, (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)

This is a new weekly prayer series that appears each Friday on the Bread Blog.

One aspect of Bread for the World’s new Bread Rising campaign is prayer (the campaign is asking Bread members to pray, act, and give). Staff of Bread for the World in Washington, D.C., gather every Friday morning for prayer, and as part of our participation in the Bread Rising campaign, we will be praying for a different group of countries each week and their efforts to end hunger.
We will be following the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, a list compiled by the World Council of Churches that enables Christians around the world to journey in prayer through every region of the world, affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing their challenges and sharing their gifts.
We will especially be lifting up in prayer the challenges related to hunger and poverty that the people of each week’s countries face. In prayer, God’s story and our own story connect—and we and the world are transformed. In a prayer common to all of us—the Lord’s Prayer/the Our Father—we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” This line from this prayer can also be a prayer for the end of hunger.
We invite you to join Bread staff in our prayers for the world’s countries to end hunger. And we encourage you to share with us your prayers for the featured countries of the week or for the end of hunger in general.
For the week of July 20-26, we will be praying for the countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico:

Holy God, your love extends to all people, and your image is graven upon every soul. The whole world is filled with your glory. We turn our hearts and prayers this week to lift up in love and faith the men, women, and children who live in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. We ask that you would strengthen those who are weary, feed those who are hungry, and bring justice to those who are oppressed. We also ask that you would strengthen us to show compassion and mercy to the immigrants and refugees from these lands who we are privileged to welcome with hospitality and love within our own borders. We especially pray for the thousands of children who are pouring into our nation seeking a respite from their suffering and a relief from their distress, both from these nations, as well as from other places. May your grace empower us to welcome, serve, and protect these little children so that we might model your loving embrace to these, the least among us. In your Holy Name we pray. Amen.

Percentage of the population below the poverty line in these countries:

Belize 41% (2013 est.) source: The World Factbook 
Guatemala 53.7% (2007-2011)
Honduras 66.2% (2007-2011)
Mexico 51.3% (2007-2011)

Source where not indicated above: World Bank World Development Indicators as found in the 2014 Hunger Report

Last week's prayers also included countries that are currently in the spotlight due to the humanitarian crisis. Bread is also sharing other prayers related to the immigration crisis.


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