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By Bread Staff
This week, Pope Francis will visit Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. As a prominent world religious leader brings faith to bear on our government, President Obama will welcome him to the White House, and Francis will make the first-ever address by a pope to a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Over the past two years, Pope Francis has led the Catholic Church by example: praying with and serving the disabled, disfigured, and the destitute. His humility and willingness to refuse the trappings of privilege when they interfere with opportunities to love and serve others is inspiring to all Christians.
In the first chapter of Isaiah, the prophet heralds God's call to repentance to the people of Israel. The Israelites had rejected God's precepts, and Isaiah was there to call them back, saying, "Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Plead the rights of widows" (Isaiah 1:17, NLT). God promises to restore Israel if only they would seek the things he calls them to. "Zion will be restored by justice; those who repent will be revived by righteousness" (Isaiah 1:27).
Over these next two weeks, join us (and Pope Francis) as we follow Isaiah's call to pray for all people in need and to plead for justice. Specifically, pray for:
When you commit to joining in praying for an end to hunger, we will email you twice a month with specific prayer requests and sample prayers. Learn more about how you can get involved with prayer at Bread.
"Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing."
Afghanistan would be considered likely to have high rates of hunger because at least two of the major causes of global hunger affect it—armed conflict and fragile governmental institutions.
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
Bread for the World is calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to build a better 1,000-Days infrastructure in the United States.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to respond to changes in need, making it well suited to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition.
In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.