Join us in prayer for God’s work


“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. “
– Philippians 6:6 (NLT)

 

Roar of Our Hearts

Download a prayer letter from our Church Director for use during your church services, group prayer meetings, or your personal prayer time.

Prayer Letter

Pray With Us

God Listens. And God Hears Us.


Prayer is the lifeblood of everything we do. We depend on it. We can’t hope to bring healing to a suffering world without God’s help. Please join us in prayer for God’s work that we are so privileged to do.

Syria, Yemen, Haiti, South Sudan and Iraq are some of the countries of conflict and crisis which dominated 2016. This year, according to the UN, almost 93 million people in 33 countries will need humanitarian aid.

We asked our international team to outline their three main areas of need and prayer for 2017. Join us as we unite in prayer for a hurting world, and for the privilege of sharing God’s love with our neighbours and the world through action.

Humanitarian Relief

Syria’s civil war has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homes. 4.8 million of those have been forced to seek asylum in neighbouring countries.

We are working with local partners in Lebanon to provide primary health care to Syrian refugees and poor Lebanese in the Bekaa Valley who need assistance.

Please pray for peace in the Middle East. Pray for those that serve those in the informal setttlements. Pray for those trying to deal with the trauma they have faced in the past years.

After suffering the ravages of Africa’s longest running civil war, South Sudan gained independence five years ago. Sadly, the country is on the brink of being designated a failed state.

We are working with local partners to provide water and sanitation to rural communities in Jonglei state. Please pray for peace between leaders or between warring factions.

Please pray also for the many other humanitarian needs that exist and may arise in 2017. Countries such as Central African Republic, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan continue to face some of the most serious issues.

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Michelle Dupuis, Program and Contracts Officer

Agriculture

Drought, soil degradation, and high populations of both humans and livestock in Eastern Africa mean that many people struggle to have enough and nutritious food year round.

Indeed, Africa as a continent that is importing $35 billion dollars of food a year when it should be producing and exporting food.

This is just one element of what is creating poverty in Africa. We are working with local partners to scale up “climate smart” and sustainable forms of agriculture so that people can better provide for their food and income needs.

Pray for our partners, their field trainers and the farmers being trained,

In parts of East and Central Africa insecurity and conflict has resulted in vast areas where farming and grazing by traditional owners is not possible, leading to food shortages.

Pray that peace building initiatives from grassroots to regional levels would be fruitful whether they are led by the church or government.

In South Asia, tribal people often have their land encroached on and various services promised by the government do not reach the intended recipients.

Pray that our partner agencies are able to facilitate advocacy and empowerment, as well as teach better farming skills so these people get their rights and come out of poverty.

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Norman Holbrook, East Africa/Asia Programs Officer

Village Savings and Loans

Our Savings Group staff teaches and mentors groups for 9 to 12 months; the groups then graduate and are self-managed. These “mini-banks” continue on and play a key role in providing poor rural families a safe place to save and access to timely resources during lean months and in times of crisis.

Pray that these mini-banks have perseverance, creativity, and joy as they form savings groups. And pray that God would grant them favour in the eyes of their communities.

We are blessed to have national partners who have leadership with the wisdom and capacity to implement and guide these programs in very challenging circumstances. Please pray for our national staff partners.

The majority of our Savings Group members in East and Central Africa are farmers who use their savings and loans to purchase farm inputs prior to planting season. Pray for farmers as they face possible drought.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently announced, “Kenya is highly likely to see another drought in early 2017, and with it a rise in food insecurity. Current estimates show some 1.3 million people are food insecure.”

In Burundi and DR Congo, field staff are forming and training savings groups in very insecure areas and safety is an ongoing concern. Families struggle to hope and plan for the future in the midst of uncertainty and fear. The commitment and discipline of these savings groups is inspiring.

Pray for these grassroots groups as they meet weekly to save, encourage one another and access loans as they, in faith, work towards a better future for their families.

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Janet Karsgaard, Senior Programs Officer

Making a Real Difference- Closing COmments

As the International Director for World Relief Canada for over 20 years, I have seen much accomplished in terms relief provided in situations of crisis – food, water and shelter – and many lives of the poor enhanced through your investment in agriculture and microfinance programming.

It’s always an incredible joy to see the significant differences our work makes – a tangible sharing of Christ’s love for all people. It’s only possible through your Kingdom investment.

It’s been a real blessing to work with our many talented implementing partners, both the local church partners in the countries we serve and the international partners of our global Integral Alliance.

This past year I was able to see firsthand our work with marginalized tribal groups in South Asia, and the ways our partner works with them to address their food needs and access their rights as tribal people.

I’ve seen women living transformed lives as a part of dynamic Savings Groups that enable them to save their funds, take loans, improve their cashflow and income, and support each other in their many areas of need.

I was impressed with the many ways our partners sought out critical gaps in relief support, and was equally encouraged by the creative ways our local partners find to meet critical needs of the most destitute, especially women and children.

As we enter 2017, with its huge needs and challenges, we at World Relief remain committed to following Jesus wherever the need is greatest, and with great confidence in our partners’ ability to respond effectively on the ground.

We strongly rely on your prayers and support for our work, our World Relief Canada team and our partners. Thank you and God bless you.

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Bruce Syvret
International Programs Director