Please use our prayer, order envelopes and download posters to help let people know about our east Africa appeal.
Prayers for east Africa
The prayer below is from the Right Reverend Robert Martin, the Anglican Bishop of Marsabit, in northern Kenya. Our partners CCMKE who are responding to the drought and food crisis in east Africa is the development arm of the Anglican Church in that region.
Please use this prayer to remember and help the people of east Africa at this difficult time.
Prayer for those in need, because of drought and famine
Almighty and everlasting God,
Our Creator and Sustainer, who provides for all our needs, and promises us life in all its fullness;
Our Good Shepherd, who leads us to good pasture even in the desert;
We come before you now in our need.
Forgive us for the way we have treated the good earth which you created;
Forgive us for the way in which we have shared out the resources you have provided, so that some have so much and others so little;
Forgive us for the times when we have been indifferent to the needs of those on the edge of our world
We cry to you for those who lack food and water for their families, their children, themselves
We cry to you for those desperately searching for water and pasture for their animals
We cry to you for those whose fields are parched and whose crops have withered
We cry to you for those who grieve for their loved ones after the latest cattle raid has brought death and destruction
Have mercy, O Lord, on us; have mercy on this dry and dusty land;
Pour out the rains that people long for,
Provide for those in need, especially in those parts of East Africa suffering from drought,
And move the hearts of your people that we might give of ourselves and out of the riches which you have given us, so that others might eat and drink and sleep this night in peace and know that their future is safe in your hands.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Rt Rev Robert Martin
Prayer from Christian Aid
We cry to you, O God, out of our distress at the suffering of the people of east Africa who are currently experiencing severe food shortages.
Please help the hungry people of Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia get the assistance they need.
Please energise those who have resources to share to give, and give generously.
Please protect those working in difficult circumstances to deliver aid swiftly and fairly.
Please help us to continue to hold these people before you in our prayers.
(please feel free to use or distribute the above prayer).
If you're thinking of holding a collection you can order your emergency envelopes by calling 0870 078 7788 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and request item F1952E - emergency envelopes.
To order your Welsh language emergency envelopes please call 0870 078 7788 or email email@example.com and request item F1952WL - emergency envelopes.
Please download our poster and use it to help advertise our East Africa food crisis appeal.
Appeal poster (98kb PDF)
Appeal poster for the Republic of Ireland (98kb PDF)