Wed, March 1, 2017
Am I being Unfair to You?
Non-denominational theme this year organized by local Philippine women
Myrtle Macdonald/Google Streetview image
All women are welcome to the Annual World Day of Prayer
Friday at Eden Mennonite Church 46551 Chilliwack Central.
World Day of Prayer is held once a year, always the first Friday in
March. Each year women in a different country plan the program. Some men
attend. All denominations participate, including Roman Catholic.
When I was in India in my last station
teaching nurses and broadening their public health outreach nursing, I
attended a Church of North India church (which was originally a British
Baptist mission). I noticed that there was an afternoon midweek
fellowship group, attended by old ladies, but nothing for working women
in the evening. I also noticed that there were many Christian
professional women, even librarians, college professors and doctors.
I lived with the English lady doctor. At
Christmas time she received gifts of cakes from perhaps 50 people
including Rotary Club members. She was a member. I suggested to her that
we have an evening tea party at her bungalow, for professional and other
working women. She agreed.
We chose 5 PM Friday. We asked the church
Peon (messenger) to delivery an invitation to every woman.
About 30 came and we had a short
devotional program and lots of sharing, chatter and food.
We elected an executive. Enthusiasm and
good programs continued.
We connected with the WFCS (Women’s Fellowship for Christian Service) headquarters in New Delhi. They sent us literature about the World Day of Prayer. I told the ladies that I had participated for years in several parts of Canada. They quickly translated and printed it in Oriya, the official language of their province. That year, the church was full on the first Friday in March 1981.
What: World Day of Prayer
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