Local churches take part
in World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer will be observed in Cayman at 7pm Friday, 4 March.

Although the international service has been prepared by women, both men and women are invited to attend Elmslie Memorial United Church, Bodden Town United Church or East End United Church.

Cayman’s participation will be in the latter half of the day: the first service will begin at sunrise in Tonga, and move around the world until the sun sets in neighbouring Western Samoa.

By then, the day will have been celebrated in more than 170 countries, organisers say, with more than three million people worldwide using a common prayer service booklet for their worship service.

Christian women’s prayer movement

World Day of Prayer is a Christian prayer movement from the perspective of women, dating from 1927.

Each year the service is prepared by women from a different country, with Chile providing material for 2011. The theme this year is How Many Loaves Have You?

The Republic of Chile has been much in the news recently, organisers point out, most notably with miners trapped underground in August and the massive earthquake in February.

Chile is a country rich in resources and of great interest to foreign developers, but the people of Chile have often suffered from poverty and hunger, organisers say.

Many of the women carry burdens – of finding food for their families, of poor education, of poorly paid employment and of family disruption from years of repression and killings and political turbulence.

There is a high incidence of AIDS and HIV in the community, organisers say.

In this prayer service, the women of Chile set out stories about local women with few resources who still shared food and goods and support with people in need around them.

These stories and issues will inform the prayers that follow.

The people of Cayman are asked to stand together in Christian solidarity with all people, organisers say, but particularly with the women and children of Chile on World Prayer Day.

An offering will be collected for Bible Society projects in Chile.

For more information about World Day of Prayer, visit www.worlddayofprayer