Millions of people around the world who produce the food we eat don’t earn enough to feed their own families. Farmers and other workers are often exploited and child labour is found in supply chains for the coffee and chocolate we consume. As the climate crisis intensifies, the problems are only growing. How should this knowledge guide our prayers this harvest season?
Weary in this world
‘Our Jesus Christ says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”’ Shares Mahima, a mother of three from Nepal. ‘I am also weary in this world.’
Mahima, like many people in Nepal, is a subsistence farmer – meaning her family eats what she grows. When the crops fail, they go hungry. But the climate crisis has caused the weather patterns to change in Nepal. The rains are no longer coming as expected.
‘We had to keep looking up into the sky… hoping for rainfall,’ says Mahima.
Hunger was making farmers like Mahima shrink back from their dreams – until they received an answer to prayer.