WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
The ‘World Day of Prayer’ will be held on Friday 6th March in Brimscombe C of E Primary School, Brimscombe at 10am. All are welcome.
The service has been prepared by the women of Zimbabwe and the title is “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk” - referring to Jesus’ words to the disabled man as recorded in St. John 5: 2-9a.
The people & indeed women of Zimbabwe have endured hardships over many years. Through conflicts they have tried to keep home and hearth together whilst their menfolk have gone away to war or died through ethnic cleansing or Aids and, in peacetime, gone to find work.
Christianity was brought to Zimbabwe by missionaries just before colonial rule and school, hospitals & churches were built; however, some children in rural areas cannot afford access to schools and higher education.
There has been support for independence & black majority rights. The current Zimbabwe constitution allows for freedom of worship. Christianity is the main religion at 80% with the rest of the population following Islam, Judaism & tradition African religions.
Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980 and was led by Robert Mugabe. In 2000 white farmers were forced off the land with the aim of redistributing the land. Criticism & sanctions from the U.S. & Western Europe ensued. Mugabe was removed from power in 2017 & Emmerson Mnangagwa now presides.
The service focuses on “Reconciliation, Peace & Love”. It starts as a great wave of prayer encircling the globe, starting as the sun rises over Samoa & ending some 38 hours later back in the Pacific, as the sun sets over American Samoa. Our prayers will be shared with people in over 120 countries & islands around the world.
For more information, go to https://www.wwdp.org.uk/
Hilary W. Exton