Pray with our global neighbours

31 October 2017

Mary prays outside her home in Kenya CAFOD

Mary lives in Daaba village in Kenya. She was struggling to cope with a devastating drought.

We believe every human person is precious in the eyes of God. Our faith inspires us to love all our neighbours, whatever their religion or culture.

Ahead of the World Day of the Poor on Sunday 19 November, we reflect on the hopes and prayers of poor communities across the world.

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“I was really afraid”

Mary (pictured above) is a mother of seven children. She lives in Daaba village in Kenya. Earlier this year, Mary and her family were struggling to cope with a devastating drought.
“I was really afraid," she says. "How will we eat? How will the children stay in school? I prayed and prayed that God should find me a way.”

Thankfully, Mary did find a way. Thanks to emergency food vouchers given from our partner, Caritas Isiolo, she is starting to rebuild her life.

“Pray for our dreams to come true”  

 

Vladimir, 25, lives in Bolivia with his wife and young son. Crops struggle to survive in the harsh climate.

Among the scorched crops, empty streams and parched land, Vladimir’s faith continues to flow. He showers all those around him with his hope in God.

“When we wake up in the morning, we say a prayer,” says Vladimir. “My faith has always helped me through difficult times.”

Vladimir has begun to work with CAFOD’s partner Fundación Nuna in Bolivia to learn how to preserve water for his family and for his crops.

“If people in England and Wales were able to pray for us, we’d like them to pray for our dreams to come true.”  

“I gave thanks to God”

Rajida holds her baby in Bangladesh CAFOD

Rajida, 30, fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in neighbouring Myanmar.

Rajida, 30, fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in neighbouring Myanmar. She was heavily pregnant but had no choice but to leave everything behind. 

She says, “For four days I hid myself in the forest, then we tried to walk to the border. I was so scared.”

Rajida felt blessed along the way. On the fifth day of her journey, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. “When I saw that she was healthy, I was so happy. I gave thanks to God.”
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