Thursday, February 28, 2013
Friday, March 1st is World Day of Prayer 2013
Theme this year is:
"I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me"
Many churches are opening there doors for people to go in and pray for the world.
History: The Women's World Day of Prayer started in the USA in 1884.
When Mary Ellen James called for a day of prayer in 1887, she was not planning a great worldwide movement, destined to become the largest ecumenical movement in the world organised and led by women. She was simply reacting, as a Christian, to the society in which she lived. The wife of a Presbyterian minister in New York and the mother of seven children, Mary Ellen was aware of the problems faced by many women around her, particularly new immigrants to America - the awful slums with their poverty, unemployment, poor housing, lack of health or educational facilities. Something had to be done.
Two years later, two Baptists called together a Day of Prayer for the World Mission. The Day of Prayer initiated by these two women expanded to neighboring countries, then on to Europe and other continents.
Since 1927 the day is known as Women’s World Day of Prayer.