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Women's World Day of Prayer: 2 March 2012Women’s World Day of Prayer 2013

The host country for 2013 is France, writing on the topic “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me,” with a focus on migration issues.

Women’s World Day of Prayer is a unique organisation; truly interdenominational and truly international, it speaks with the voices of women from all corners of the globe. Involvement in WWDP creates a network of Christian women on a worldwide scale which also reaches
into our local communities. Preparations go on for months in advance. Finally, at a church near you on March 1st, women and men will be gathering to celebrate using a programme of worship prepared this year by women in France.

When the women of the French Committee met to work on the material for 2013, the theme chosen for them became close to their hearts: I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU WELCOMED ME. The service they have written for us has a strongly French feel and flavour.

France, like other European countries, receives many asylum requests. In 2011, 51,900 people applied for asylum in France. The presence of these people in the country both enriches the culture and can cause social difficulties. Behind each request, each statistic, is the story of a life. Some of those stories will be shared in the service.

We envisage a great annual wave of prayer, rising with the sun over the island of Samoa and then sweeping across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, until it comes to rest in American Samoa some 36 hours later. By then services will have taken place in over 170 countries.

All are welcome to attend, men and women and people of all ages.

See the video produced for the Women's Worls day of Prayer 2013:


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