World Prayers for Aug. 17-23: Oceania
This is a 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. In this blog series, we will be providing a prayer for a different group of countries each week and their efforts to end hunger.
This prayer series will follow 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 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 August 17 to 23, we will be praying for Oceania: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Maohi Nui), Kanaky, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu:
Creator God, you made the land and the sea for us, and even tiny islands in the middle of great oceans for people to live on. We give you thanks for the amazing diversity of these places, for the people who know how to live in harmony with the sea and their warm hospitality. We pray for the preservation of these island nations in the midst of global warming and rising sea levels. We pray that they and other nations of the world will find just ways to address these problems that can affect livelihoods and land use and, in turn, cause hunger. We also pray for those who are caught up in disasters, which can also cause hunger. Give our brothers and sisters in these places a sense of connection to the world despite their distance from others, and help us to connect with them across the waters or whatever else divides us. Amen.
Poverty and hunger figures for Oceania:
- In Fiji, 31 percent of the population lives below the national poverty line (source: World Bank World Development Indicators as found in the 2014 Hunger Report)
- For all of Oceania, 12 percent of the population is undernourished (source: 2013 United Nations Millennium Development Goals Report)
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