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World Prayers for Aug. 24-30: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

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A Latvian dinner consisting of a cold soup, pot-cooked cabbage, a cotlette, a gjerkin, sour milk (kefir), and some Russian kvas. Aigars Mahinovs via Wikimedia Commons

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 24 to 30, we will be praying for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania:

Lord, God of all people, we give you thanks for the unique contribution of the Baltic and Finnic peoples to the flourishing of your world.

We give you thanks especially for their strong, historical commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Lord, care for the people of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia as they face economic hardship.  Provide good jobs that they might honor you in their work. We pray that strong and just economies will be built where all people have a place at the table as these countries emerge from decades of communism.

Merciful God, raise up the church in those countries to care for the hungry and the marginalized. Give wisdom to their leaders as they seek the common good. In your way and by your means, end hunger and poverty there.

We pray all these things in the name of our Savior who redeems, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Figures for these countries' Human Development Index (HDI), a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living:

  • Lithuania: HDI value for 2012 is 0.818—in the very high human development category—positioning the country at 41 out of 187 countries and territories.
  • Estonia: HDI value for 2012 is 0.846
  • Latvia: HDI value for 2012 is 0.814
  • For comparison: HDI value for the United States in 2012 was 0.937, third highest in the world after Norway and Australia.

Source: United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report 2013

 

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