On Sunday May 21, churches around the world are joining together for the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine.

On that day, people of faith around the world will be praying for the 20 million people across South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia currently suffering from severe hunger, and in some cases, famine.

The day of prayer is a joint call from the World Council of Churches and the All Africa Council of Churches:

“There is great danger that on its current course, the global response to this crisis will be hugely inadequate and will lead to unimaginable suffering and death, which is eminently avoidable.

We believe the churches have a prophetic role in calling to mobilizing their members, the wider society and governments, and making a difference during this unprecedented period of suffering.”

Resources are available through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for individuals and churches wishing to take part in the Global Day of Prayer. Here is one:

Prayer for Those Facing Extreme Hunger in the World Today

In Yemen, two-thirds of the population millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. More than seven million people are hungry and have little access to food. Conflict is contributing to the crisis, and people are fleeing their homes to escape the violence.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

There are people in South Sudan, the world’s newest country, who are starving, their hunger brought on by the ongoing civil war. More than 7.5 million people need immediate assistance. Over three million people have fled the country, with more leaving each day.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In Somalia, people are walking for weeks, looking for food and water. Right now, over six million people need humanitarian assistance and protection.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And in northeast Nigeria, the ongoing uprising by Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people and driven more than two million people from their homes. There are stories of hunger making some adults too weak to walk.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Find more prayers and words for worship for the current humanitarian crisis.

Learn more about PWS&D’s ongoing response to the crisis in South Sudan.