Dear WDP sisters and friends,
“Am I Being Unfair to You?”
Prepared by the WDP of the Philippines for the celebration in 2017
Mabuhay! Come to the circle and tell your story!
Jesus told stories to teach about the Kingdom of God. We tell stories to make ourselves aware of God’s presence today in the world. The worship service tells the stories of Filipino women seeking for justice. This week, on our common day of prayer, from our own context we will tell the same story, reflect on the same question, and be assured of God’s generosity for all.
World Day of Prayer motto - ‘Informed prayer and prayerful action’ – is at its climax. You have dedicated time to learn about the Philippines, to connect with Filipino people in your own country, to listen to their claims and to ecumenically lift up their concerns and joys to God.
Since we started preparations for this celebration, important changes have happened to the country’s political and social context. To mention just two for its overall impact, let’s highlight the termination of the Peace Talks between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the war on drugs. The Peace Talks had the promise to reach agreements about human rights and humanitarian law, ceasefire, social and economic reforms that would alter the context of poverty, violence, and unemployment. The War on Drugs has claimed more than 7,000 lives since last July, and also the arrest of opposition voices to the government’s policy.
As our WDP sisters in the Philippines are telling us -- ‘we need the world’s prayer now’. Once again, the WDP program is timely and we trust that the Holy Spirit will carry on our prayers to fill the hearts of the afflicted. With them, we will be sent off affirming that the God of Justice calls us to plant the seeds of hope, to become fruits of liberation and love. As one voice we will offer our hands to plant, nurture, and harvest those seeds.
We want to thank all who are celebrating the World Day of Prayer. May we be sent forth with the fruits of our communal harvest by God’s sole generosity!
- Rosângela Oliveira, Executive Director & Corinna Harbig, Chairperson
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In Ireland, the convocation for the World Day of Prayer starts with a worship service broadcast at the national TV.
You are welcome to attend the service! Tune the TV, radio or click on the RTE website link below on Sunday February 5th, at 11am (GMT) in Ireland or 6 am in New York (UTC/GMT -5h). The service will be available at the RTE website archive for two more weeks.
Special to the service, was the participation of Voucher Christiana, a choir composed by Filipino residents in Ireland! Join us!
On Sunday February 5th, at 11am (GMT) in Ireland or 6 am in New York (UTC/GMT -5h), click here RTE.ie/player
Although the first Friday of March is just one day of the year, behind that are months of ecumenical conversations, thinking, planning, learning, sharing, friendship, prayer and then action!
The preparations for the World Day of Prayer are happening in your community right now! Here are just a few stories:
“We are busy organizing activities with local communities around the country. We are planning WDP activities in Metro Manila, Rombon, Baguio, Iloilo, Mindoro, Mindanao - Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Davao and Kidapawah.
The various activities encompass a dance showcase by Indigenous peoples, a gathering of evangelicals and Roman Catholic women, welcoming women from WDP Germany, and finalizing a poster with the Bible Society.
I wish I could gather all of the groups we are working with together for mutual encouragement and inspiration.”
- Prima Formilezza, WDP-P Chairperson
"En Costa Rica, sigue la preparación para el programa dedicado a las Filipinas. La próxima etapa, será el taller en Guatemala. Y así se va profundizando la experiencia colectiva y ecuménica de animar las comunidades a la oración y acción.
"In Costa Rica, the preparation for the program dedicated to the Philippines is underway. The next stage will be a workshop in Guatemala. This is going to deepen the collective and ecumenical experience of encouraging communities to prayer and action."
- Rebeca Cascante, regional representative of WDPIC for Latin America
In Planina, Slovenia, the preparatory workshop for the Philippines celebration was held in early January. All together there were women from Austria, Germany, Bolivia, France, Croatia, and Slovenia. Later in January, the WDPIC chairperson will be in Albania for another workshop.
Here is a link to a video interview of the workshop leaders and participants. Skip ahead to minute 26:20 to begin the interview portion: http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/obzorja-duha/174449034
ENGLAND, WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND
Since September, leaders of WWDP in the UK, Wales and Northern Ireland have been busy with the Preparation Days. There are workshops and services all over the country. Our WDPIC Executive Director has been able to attend some of the workshops in London, UK.
Click here for information: http://www.wwdp.org.uk/preparation-days/
This video was made by the WDP Cuba Committee to showcase the celebration as it was held in La Habana, Cuba on March 4, 2016.
The video contains clips of the service, which was held at the First Reformed Presbyterian Church of La Habana, where WDP was celebrated in Cuba for the first time in 1930. Many people participated and were proud to be part of such a inspiring service, especially the women of WDP Cuba. They felt incredibly blessed to be given the opportunity to organize this service and share a little bit of Cuba with others around the world.
The video also contains interviews from:
Ormara Nolla Cao, WDP Cuba Committee Chairperson
Rosangela Oliveira, WDPIC Executive Director
Joel Ortega Dopico, Council of Churches of Cuba Chairperson
*This video is in Spanish*