27 years ago on October 17th, 100,000 people gathered in Paris, France to remember the victims of poverty, hunger and violence. It was the first International Anti-Poverty Day and since then many community groups, churches and charities use the date to recommit their efforts to help the poor.
There is only one year left for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to conclude and although much has been achieved over the last 13 years, there are still 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty. This prayer guide aims to help you and your prayer partners to remember the poor on the weekend of October 17-19 as people across the globe unite to pray for those denied power by poverty.
This guide will look at the achievements of the eight MDGs and the challenges that remain. It also sets out points to help you pray.