Every year we look forward to this very special fellowship and time of prayer. As representatives from the many churches in Chilliwack are getting older, and some of us feeble, we hope that younger women and men will volunteer now to be on the planning committee for next year.
~ Myrtle MacDonald, Chilliwack
OF CLEAR HEART
Chilliwack church sermon included human subjugation and planet pollution.
bout 100 people from most churches in Chilliwack met at St. Thomas this year. Women, men and youth from many denominations meet to pray in 170 countries around the world on the first Friday of March every year. This year the program was prepared in Suriname, the former Dutch Guiana, in Caribbean South America.
The program in Chilliwack was presented by participants from many churches, led by Monica Hautala, Gloria Wagner and Shirley Dargatz. We became aware of the talents, culture, problems and Christian service in Suriname, and prayed for them.
Serious concerns are unemployment and pollution of the land, water and air by mining, plastics and chemicals. Decorations of frogs and turtles, being rescued from extinction in Suriname, were made by children in St. Mary’s School. Shanta, a lady born in Suriname, now living in Chilliwack, spoke about her grandparents who were indentured laborers.
A drama about sorting garbage in Chilliwack was climaxed by an encouraging address by Mayor Sharon Gaetz. We give thanks to her and all who helped in the program, and with decor and refreshments in the church hall.
The offering goes to enable needy causes worldwide, listed on the program. The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) coordinates this non-profit service.
Every year we look forward to this very special fellowship and time of prayer. As representatives from the many churches in Chilliwack are getting older, and some of us feeble, we hope that younger women and men will volunteer now to be on the planning committee for next year. Planning meetings could be held after work with a light supper, for those who have daytime employment. Could there perhaps be two World Day of Prayer services on the same day, in the afternoon and in the evening? Could there also be a children’s program?
International Prayer Day fellowshipping afterward with thanks to Myrtle for the tea.