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Archbishop's prayer for Zimbabwe

Archbishop of York in Prayer

Sunday 26th September 2010

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu today (Sunday 26 September) called for individuals to join him in prayer on the International Prayer Day for Zimbabwe.

Dr Sentamu said: "We must pray for the transformation of Zimbabwe – from poverty, hunger and dependency to a nation which can feed and farm for itself. I join thousands of people across Zimbabwe today in prayer for that transformation"

The majority of Zimbabweans still make their living through subsistence farming. In order to tackle the problem of hunger in the long term local communities need to be empowered to grow enough food for themselves again through farming inputs and training in more effective farming methods.

Prayer gatherings across Zimbabwe have been organised by Trumpet Call for Transformation, a partnership between the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe and Foundations for Farming.

The Archbishop of York has previously urged the international community to bring about restoration to Zimbabwe, in support of those suffering in Zimbabwe, and has not worn his clerical collar since December 2007.

His Prayer is:

"Almighty God,

We pray for the people of Zimbabwe.

May the churches be united as they continue to offer the practical help needed to equip those who struggle to lift themselves out of poverty.

We ask that you bless the farmers of Zimbabwe.

Encourage them to be motivated and disciplined as they work your land so that they may benefit for years to come.

Let them see that they have an important role to play in the rebuilding and sustainable future of their country.

For those in desperate need, we pray that you will give them hope in times of difficulty.

We pray that this nation will be renewed and refreshed through your Holy Spirit.

Amen"

For more information on the International Prayer Day for Zimbabwe

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