The World Day of Prayer for Women is an international worldwide inter-denominational movement of Christian women, men and children, who pray together on the first Friday in March each year, forming a prayer chain across more than 170 countries.

The World Day of Prayer (WDP) 2020 programme is based on Jesus’ encounter with a person who, although positioned for healing, had not acted upon the opportunities given. Jesus asked – “Do you want to be made well?” You are faced with this life-changing question. What are you going to do? “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk,” said Jesus. “The action verbs suggest that we should not be afraid to act on the word of God. God is offering us the steps for personal and social transformation.”

We are empowered to take up our mats. No more waiting powerlessly on the mat. As expressed in the Word Day of Prayer (WDP) 2020 painting by Nonhlanhla Mathe, let us give a healing hand to the needy, let us embrace children with love as their future is ahead, and let us open our arms in joy as the time to rise up has come. This is the time for change!

We encourage you to attend a women’s prayer meeting in your own community, taking place on the 6th of March 2020.

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