Day of prayer for Zimbabwe Jan. 25

On Sunday, Jan. 25, Canadian Anglicans are encouraged to pray for peace in Zimbabwe. Under an increasingly unstable government, the country is suffering from a cholera epidemic, crumbling infrastructure, and rising inflation, which has made it difficult for people to buy basic necessities. An estimated 5 million Zimbabweans are in need of food and 80% are unemployed.

The day of prayer and fasting was called for at the 9th General Assembly of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) held December 2008 in Maputo, Mozambique.

“The Zimbabwean people have also continuously been denied the peace, justice and socio-economic remedy they have for so long desired,” said the AACC in an earlier release. They invited their partners to “join our Zimbabwean sisters and brothers in prayer and in fasting, in words and in deeds, in contemplation and in action.”

The Anglican Church of Canada has several partners in Zimbabwe, including the Anglican theological college in Harare. As well, the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island is in a companion diocese relationship with Zimbabwe’s Diocese of Manicaland.

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