We pray for those facing food insecurity globally. Coronavirus, conflict and cuts to UN funding are increasing the risks of food insecurity and malnutrition in 2021, in particular in South Sudan. We pray for people who are facing hunger this year, and pray that there might be adequate resourcing for global programs to ensure nobody goes hungry.
We give thanks for schemes which protect people experiencing domestic abuse. Pharmacies have joined forces with the government to launch a codeword scheme providing a lifeline to people suffering from domestic abuse. We pray for those experiencing domestic abuse during lockdown, and give thanks for schemes which can offer a way out of damaging home environments
We pray for workers in the hospitality industry. New data shows that restaurants and casual dining firms recorded almost 30,000 job losses in 2020, a 163% jump in redundancies. We pray for those struggling to make ends meet and a comprehensive financial plan from the Government to aid recovery.
We pray for Christian unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity highlighted the theme ‘Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit’, we pray that Christians may be brought together in prayer, reconciliation, and unity.
We pray for Uganda. Recent elections were held after dozens of people were killed in the run up to voting day, and violence has been at an unprecedented level. We pray for stability in Uganda and safety for those taking part in democratic processes.
We pray for safe routes for refugees coming to Europe in 2021. Tens of thousands are expected to try to reach safety from conflict and persecution this year, with increasingly few safe routes. We pray for a rise in secure routes to safety for those trying to seek a new life.
We pray for people awaiting hospital treatment. The strain on the NHS means that the number of people awaiting routine operations and treatment for non-Covid related conditions is at a record high. We pray for a well-funded NHS which can accommodate Covid cases as well as other procedures, for those awaiting treatment, and for medical staff under great stress.