WCC and CCA to observe World Food Day prayer service on 16 October 2020

Posted on 14 October 2020

The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) will co-host an online prayer service on World Food Day, 16 October 2020, together with the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The prayer service, facilitated by the representatives of WCC and CCA from the Asia and Pacific regions, will take place on 16 October 2020, Friday, at 11 AM Bangkok time, with corresponding local time zone of each country across Asia and the Pacific regions.

In line with the theme of World Food Day 2020, ‘Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together’, the CCA together with the WCC will offer prayers and uphold the need to tide over the grave situation of food insecurity.

The virtual service will include welcome addresses from the WCC General Secretary, Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, and Dr Mathews George Chunakara, the General Secretary of the CCA.

During the prayer service, reflections will be offered by Sofía Monsalve Suárez, Secretary-General of FIAN International, a global body that addresses the root causes of hunger and malnutrition through research, advocacy, and campaigning.

World Food Day is observed across the world to reflect upon the gravity of the impending food crisis that many developing countries experience now and are predicted to undergo in the near future.

The World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that by December 2020, about 265 million people will face extreme food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and at worst, over 30 countries will be staring at famine.

Hunger continues to be a painful fact of life for a quarter of the world’s population. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global food supply chains and now requires urgent attention of all stakeholders to engage in adaptation strategies to combat the crisis.

The united prayer service provides the opportunity for the churches to enable people to reflect on the moral and ethical imperatives for humanity to respond in this ongoing challenge of hunger and disease—promoting transformation and sustained action at the community level, and affecting policy change for the better.

To participate in the 40-minute online service on World Food Day, 16 October 2020 (Friday) at 11 AM Bangkok time, please register using this link: https://forms.gle/wbphhNixtUTFn5or7

 Online prayer service at local time-zones across Asia:

  • 7:30 AM – Iran
  • 9 AM – Pakistan, Afghanistan
  • 9:30 AM – India, Bhutan
  • 9:45 AM – Nepal
  • 10:00 AM – Bangladesh
  • 10:30 AM – Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Maldives
  • 11 AM – Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, parts of Indonesia, East Timor
  • 12 noon – China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia
  • 1 PM – South Korea, Japan, and Mongolia
  • 3 PM – Australia
  • 5 PM – New Zealand

The CCA organised a webinar on “Will COVID-19 Worsen Food Insecurity in Asia?” on 28 May 2020.

For the full report of CCA webinar on food insecurity, please click here.

For video highlights of CCA webinar on food insecurity, please click here.

Read the WCC News Release on World Food Day, please click here.

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