WDP at a Glance
World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome all to join in prayer and action for peace and justice on every first Friday of March.
The 2016 Journal is based on the 98 country reports received. It is estimated that 22,415 services were held in 95 languages, including versions in Braille or large print. The worship service’s attendance was estimated at around 1,048,092 persons. The celebrations were held in churches, schools, hospitals, prisons, convents, and elderly homes. In a few countries, the worship service was broadcasted on national TV, radio, and livestream.
WDP activities were announced in the city or church’s newspapers, posters, fliers, Facebook, website, and Twitter. Around 40 activities, especially for children and youth, were held in many schools and churches across the seven regions.
HOW WILL WDP OFFERING MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN CUBA AND AROUND THE WORLD?
WDP Cuba will ecumenically support children with disabilities and their families; children and teenagers of addict or incarcerated parents; and campaign for a life free of violence for women and children. WDP National/Regional Committees around the world will:
Empower women, children, youth, and people with disabilities through education, mentoring, shelter, food programs, trauma counseling, hospital care, orphanages, and prison visitations;
Support people displaced by war or natural/human made disasters, Syrian refugees in Europe and Middle East; victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual abuse, such as the comfort women in Asia;
Provide care and medical supplies for people living with HIV and AIDS, breast cancer, drug addiction, diabetes and dementia;
Sustain the socio-political commitment for women’s empowerment and race/gender justice; support migrant children, the homeless and garbage collectors in Egypt;
Promote Christian education for children and youth, women’s ministries, clergy women and women’s theological formation, and Bible Society initiatives;
Build organizational sustainability of the WDP in local communities, in the writer countries, and provide for the regional and international coordination of the movement. Promote the WDP story by honoring a leader through the Fund for Tomorrow.