World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of women of many faith traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. Each year, a different country serves as the writer of the World Day of Prayer worship service. For 2009, the WDP Committee of Papua New Guinea developed the theme, “In Christ, there are many members, yet one body.” On March 7 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fleetwood, 75 people gathered from various churches to learn about missionary Melanie Shustack’s work in Papua New Guinea and pray for God’s people that are suffering from violence, exploitation, poverty, hunger and disease.
The women of Papua New Guinea welcomed us to PNG, a land of many languages, cultures, traditions and beliefs. Though many of its communities experience isolation due to the rugged terrain, there is unity in diversity. The women of Papua New Guinea say, “By God’s grace, we are able to be united.” PNG’s World Day of Prayer Committee is comprised of women from many members of the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches. They invited us to join them in celebrating their unity in Christ, where good overcomes evil and diverse communities may be of one heart and soul.
WDP’s motto, “Informed prayer leads to powerful action,” affirms that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence. Action calls us to bring our gifts together for the good of all. We are called to unite as the body of Christ to fulfill His mission on earth, to partner with each other so that we can overcome evil with good and bring about reconciliation in our families, countries and the world.
The World Day of Prayer Breakfast for 2010 will be held at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Fleetwood. Cameroon will be the featured country. Church Women United is a national movement of Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women. The committee welcomes anyone willing to join in planning and/or setting up the next annual Prayer Breakfast. For more information, please go to the World Day of Prayer website at www.wdpusa.org.