World Prayers for July 31 – August 6: The Caribbean

Street vendor, Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados. Wikimedia Commons.

Bread for the World believes prayer is central to the work of ending hunger by 2030. Hunger happens in every corner of the world. In this blog series, we will provide 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 July 31 – August 6: 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

Gracious and compassionate God, 
faithful to all your promises, 
supplier of our needs, 
may we never underestimate 
the value of all that you afford us; 
nor the usefulness of the endowments you give 
for the realization of your purposes. 
May we never so take for granted 
the gifts your bounteous grace provides 
as to become victims of the callousness 
that produces an abundance of waste. 
And save us, we ask you, from becoming 
purveyors of the careless and irresponsible disposal 
of the waste we produce.
(© Neville Callam, Jamaica)

Percentage of the population of these countries living below the national poverty line:

Antigua and Barbuda: Not available
Bahamas: Not available
Barbados: Not available
Cuba: Not available
Dominica: Not available
Dominican Republic: 41.1
Grenada: Not available
Guyana: Not available
Haiti: 58.5
Jamaica: 19.9
Puerto Rico: Not available
St Kitts-Nevis: Not available
St Lucia: Not available
St Vincent and the Grenadines: Not available
Suriname: Not available
Trinidad and Tobago: Not available

Source: World Bank World Development Indicators as found in the 2016 Hunger Report.

Prayer is a central part of Bread for the World’s work. Learn more about how you can get involved with prayer at Bread.

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