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World Prayers for Aug. 31-Sept. 6: Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia

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Święconka is a  Polish tradition of blessing food on Holy Saturday. Ołtarzew, Poland, 2007 (photo by Paterm from 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 31 through September 6, we will be praying for the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia:

Lord, God of all people, we offer our thanks for the nations and people of the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia.

We give you thanks especially for the rich traditions of these people and for their strength and fortitude during tumultuous moments in their nations’ histories. Despite persecution, war, and repression under Nazi and Soviet domination, the people of theses countries remained hopeful, steadfast to their faiths that offered strength in demanding times. We offer our thanks especially for pastors and priests who remained faithful to their calling even when they were persecuted.

Today, we pray for continued economic stability in these places, and we especially remember the poor, the elderly, and the unemployed who bear the brunt of economic reforms and the loss of state social services.

We also remember the victims of anti-semitism, and ethnic, gender, and social intolerance in the midst of rising nationalism and pray for a renewal of the church in the midst of both growing freedom and growing secularization.

We offer our gratitude for the people of the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia, and pray in a special way that they and all of us will continue to grow with one another in faith and trust in God. Amen.

Percentage of the population of these countries living below the national poverty line (2012 figures):

  • Czech Republic: 8.6
  • Poland:17.1
  • Slovakia: 13.2

Source: World Bank

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

World Prayers for Aug. 17-23: Oceania

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A group of women from Aorigi (Santa Catalina) in the Solomon Islans carry baskets pana (breadfruit) on their heads. Photo taken by Irene Scott for AusAID.

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:

World Prayers for August 10-16: Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia

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Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. (Rexness, Creative Commons)

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 August 10 to 16, we will be praying for Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia.

Loving God, Master of all Creation, we come to you today in fervent supplication for our brothers and sisters in Christ on the other side of the world. Despite the distance on our vast earth, we are still connected by your eternal love and mercy as we are called to be in solidarity with all, especially those suffering from hunger and poverty in Australia and New Zealand. Poverty and hunger anywhere, experienced by anyone, is an affront to the dignity and potential of your wonderful and amazing creation. Lord, we know, just as we experience here, that hunger and poverty are in large part our creation. You provide us with all we will ever need and yet we, your servants, fail to realize the vision of your Kingdom. To you, we ask for strength, compassion, and persistence to lend our voices in prophetic call and in solidarity to urge our global leaders to prevent the tragedy of any child going to sleep at night with an empty stomach. We ask this and all things in your name, Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Aotearoa/New Zealand:  27% of children live in poverty (The Annual Child Poverty Monitor)

Australia: 17.3% of  children live below the poverty line (ACOSS).

Quote of the Day: Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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(Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)


In prayer we recognize the insufficiency of our own efforts and our deep need for God. We need God’s help even to be able to believe in God’s power and to hope in God’s strength.

        -Br. David Vryhof, Society of Saint John the Evangelist



When it’s hard to pray, try placing yourself before the Lord, just as you are – with open and empty hands, and simply offering your life to God, and then longing and waiting to be filled, perhaps gently repeating “Come, Holy Spirit … Come, Holy Spirit … Breathe on me breath of God.”

Cuando es difícil orar, intente ponerse frente al Señor, tal como es - con las manos abiertas y vacías, y simplemente ofresca su vida a Dios, y luego anhele y espere ser llenado, tal vez repitiendo suavemente "Ven, Espíritu Santo ... Ven, Espíritu Santo ... Respira en mí el aliento de Dios ".

        -Br. Geoffrey Tristram, Society of Saint John the Evangelist

World Prayers for August 3-9: Canada and the United States

14406614634_1f61e5a88a_hThis 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 August 3 to 9, we will be praying for Canada and the United States.

Lord, You know that we can do nothing tangible to bend US policy in support of impoverished people living in the United States without your assistance. We beg You, Lord, O gracious God, to give of your supernatural power and strength that we might do better on their behalf. We ask that you send your Holy Spirit of comfort and peace to those who bare the unbearable strain of suffering from poverty. We ask for your Holy privilege to aid and assist them. Make us conscience of the fact that we are all children of God, all be us living in incarceration amid our nation’s wheat fields or huddled in homeless shelters in our cities. These things we pray in the precious name of our savior Jesus Christ. Amen

  • United States: In 2012, the official poverty rate was 15.0 percent. There were 46.5 million people in poverty (source:  U.S. Census Bureau).
  • Canada: 9.4 % live below the low income cut-off (source:  World Factbook).

Photo:  Prayer at the Bread for the World 2014 National Gathering in Washington, D.C. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)

 

World Prayers for July 27-Aug. 2: The Caribbean

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Father Boniface Sena, Our Lady of Assumption Church, Petit Goave, Haiti (Bread for the World photo)

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 27 to August 2, we will be praying for The Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

God of all things good, you show us some of the best of your creation in the countries of the Caribbean – the beauty of their lands and oceans, the rhythms of their music, and the welcome of their peoples. Yet many nations of this region suffer from a lack of bounty, from disasters, and from governments that do not serve all of their peoples. We especially lift up in prayer the people of the Caribbean who experience extreme hunger and poverty on a daily basis, conditions that are a result of many factors. Give the peoples and governments of this region the wisdom and resources to find a path out of hunger and poverty so that all people may enjoy the bounty of your creation. Strengthen the many organizations, including those representing churches in the United States, that work in the region to help create better living conditions, and give those who support those organizations generous hearts. We thank you also for the many immigrants from Caribbean countries who have come to our nation and for the many ways they have contributed to and enriched our country. Embrace our country’s neighbors in this region, and give us a greater sense of solidarity with our brothers and sisters there. Amen.

Percentage of the population below the poverty line in these countries (NA=data not available):

  • Antigua and Barbuda: NA
  • Bahamas: NA
  • Barbados: NA
  • Cuba: NA
  • Dominica: NA
  • Dominican Republic: 40.4
  • Grenada: NA
  • Guyana: NA
  • Haiti: NA
  • Jamaica: 17.6
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: NA
  • Saint Lucia: NA
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: NA
  • Suriname: NA
  • Trinidad and Tobago: NA

Source: World Bank World Development Indicators as found in the 2014 Hunger Report

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.
 

Journey Around the World in Prayer With Bread

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Woman prays during Bread for the World's 2014 National Gathering on June 9-10 in Washington, D.C. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)

This is a new weekly prayer series that will appear 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 13-19, we will be praying for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama:

Lord, we pray for these Central American countries, where hunger and poverty persist and force people to leave their lands for an opportunity at a better life. We pray for the unaccompanied children who leave these countries and come to our country, where they don’t know the language, don’t have family, and are met by people who have forgotten your message of love and welcome. We pray for the families that have to make the agonizing decision to send their children away. May your love console and protect them. Amen.

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

Costa Rica 24.8% (2011 est.)
El Salvador 36.5% (2010 est.)
Nicaragua 42.5% (2009 est.)
Panama 26% (2012 est.)

Source: The World Factbook of the CIA
 

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