More than 3 million people worldwide will be praying and worshipping together today during an annual day of prayer, using a form of service prepared by Christian women in Malaysia.
The World Day of Prayer movement originated in the US and Canada in the early 1900s. The motto of the World Day of Prayer movement is Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action.
Julene Banks, liaison officer for the Cayman Islands World Day of Prayer steering committee, said: “World Day of Prayer has been celebrated in the Cayman Islands since the early 1960s through the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Women’s Fellowship. The first Friday in March every year is always an exciting day as a great wave of prayer sweeps the world, beginning when the first service is held in the Queen Salote Girls School in Tonga and continuing around the world until the final service takes place, some 35 hours later, in neighbouring Western Samoa. By then the day will have been celebrated in over 170 countries. This year, in the Cayman Islands, we will share ecumenical services at Heroes Square during 1-2pm on Friday, 2nd March, 2012, and at the East End United Church at 7pm as we stand in solidarity with the women in Malaysia and their theme Let Justice Prevail.”
Other members of the ecumenical steering committee for the Cayman Islands World Day of Prayer are Yvonne Miller, former liaison officer; Jennifer King, chair of the UCJCIWF Cayman Islands Council; Reina Jefferson, Weslyan Holiness Church; Eziethamae Bodden, Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church; Sandra Langlois, Bethel Ministries; and Yolanda Palmer, Church of God Chapel.
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. Throughout its history, Malaysia has attracted migrants from other parts of Asia and beyond and it is one of the wealthiest and most developed countries in South East Asia. Although Malaysia’s multi-ethnicity has added to the rich heritage of its land and people, it has also given rise to many problems. Women have made important contributions to its social and economic development but, nevertheless, they still face discrimination and violence at all levels of society. Even today a girl child is seen as less valuable than a boy. Human trafficking has become a sophisticated and organised operation.
In the service those issues of concern are named and the women of Malaysia voice their hope for the future. Justice for all is their hope, and their prayer is Let Justice Prevail.