About one in ten people around the world suffer from hunger—and that’s not ok. When Nehemiah was faced with injustice, he first fasted and prayed.
This year at Celebration of Hope, we are fasting and praying from April 15–20. You can eat simply or sacrifice something else, all in an effort to grow your heart for the challenges faced by people who are food insecure around the world. Just like Nehemiah, we will fast before taking action, then collectively give an offering to our global partners, ensuring that less people go hungry, every day.
Conflict is still the biggest driver of hunger, with 70 percent of the world’s hungry people living in areas affected by war and violence. The Ukraine crisis has triggered food shortages for the world’s poorest people because The Russian Federation and Ukraine supply 30% of the global exports of Wheat, 20% of the global exports of maize, and 80% of the global exports of sunflower seed products. Global fertilizer prices have climbed even faster than food prices, which remain at a ten-year high themselves. Additionally, in Ukraine we see the effects of forcing people out of their homes, wiping out their sources of income and wrecking a countries’ economy.
The climate crisis is another leading cause of the steep rise in global hunger. Climate shocks destroy lives, crops and livelihoods, and undermine people’s ability to feed themselves.
We want to create space in our lives and awareness in our bodies for the work God might do through us. Use this fast as an opportunity to think differently about the food you eat and the foods communities around the world are able to eat.
From April 15–20, eat simply (legumes, grains, and water) to offer allyship to many of the communities our partners serve in. Legumes, like beans, lentils, soybeans, chickpeas, and peanuts are rich in nutrients, protein, and fiber and form the backbone of many diets around the world. Grains, like wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, and maize, are nutritious, low in fat, and make up the dominant part of most cultures’ food.
By choosing to simplify your meals and not eat out, you will undoubtedly save money—we challenge you to donate that money towards our global partners by giving to Celebration of Hope.
While fasting is often associated with food, we know there are plenty of other things you can give up to create space for God to move. Here are some non-food fasting ideas: