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Day of Prayer: 6 November 2016

Day of Prayer that the Lord God will bless the harvest  

Our brothers and sisters in Malawi, Mozambique and surrounding areas are suffering as a result of two very poor harvests. During the 2014/15 growing season torrential rain washed away much of the seed which had been planted, as well as causing other problems. In 2015/16 there was very little rainfall, which again meant a very meagre harvest. Large areas of both countries are affected, and the price of maize flour has increased dramatically, so that most brothers and sisters are unable to afford to buy even this staple item of their diet.

CBM Welfare fund is attempting to provide help to those affected and the Christadelphian Samaritan Fund has made donations to charities providing food for the wider population. Should there be a third poor harvest the possible effects will be catastrophic. CBM Council have designated Sunday 6 November as a Day of Prayer, asking, at the start of the growing season that the Lord God will send sufficient rain to provide the right growing conditions to give a really good harvest. We recognise that even this will not alleviate all the problems and that the full solution will only be when the Kingdom comes.

Until then we invite each ecclesia receiving this request:

  • to include a prayer that the Lord God will bless the harvest during their Breaking of Bread meeting on Sunday 6 November, perhaps as part of the main prayer; and
  • to ask each of its members to include a prayer that the Lord God will bless the harvest in their private prayers.

It may be that if we follow the example of Elijah, the Lord God "will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit." (Leviticus 26:4)