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Day of Prayer 2nd March 2018 - Suriname

2018 Day  of Prayer

Introduction 

As women in Suriname, we believe that the Christian faith community can make a great contribution to the preservation of a living, healthy and safe environment. The future of the earth for the next generations matters to us. We see this as one of the key elements of the Christian faith. It reminds us of the relationship between God and creation, and God and humanity.

Suriname, like many countries, feels the e ect of worldwide climate change: drought, hurricane, and storm, due to global warming. Along the Suriname coastal strip it now oods in the rainy season, including Paramaribo the capital city. Other environmental changes have been caused by human activity, like the damage to the local rivers through gold mining and mercury pollution. In the 21st century/24-hour economy, which is striving for good economic outcomes and excellent returns, Christians need to balance God’s Creation with man’s creations. We need to be guided by the theme “All God’s Creation is very good!”

Geography and population 

Lies in northeastern part of South America.

Named after Surinen tribe. Suriname is part of the Guianas, meaning “land of many waters”.

15% of land is coastal and less than two metres above sea level. At risk because of climate change and rising sea waters.

Over 90% covered by pristine tropical rainforest. Humid tropical climate.

Average temperature during the day is 27.1o C. January is the coldest month (averaging 26.1oC), and the hottest month is October (averaging 28.3oC).

Environment and biodiversity 

Country of beauty and high biodiversity. 715 species of birds, many orchids, over 60 species of lobster claw ower, the blue frog and the giant sea turtle.

Laws passed to ensure protection
of the environment.15% of land surface protected territory. Largest nature reserve is on UNESCO’s list of Heritage Sites.

The situation of women and children

In March 1993, the Suriname government rati ed the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women.

In 2015 there were 15 female MPs and the cabinet consisted of 3 women and 16 men.

Although the interests of the child are protected by the government and UN, there are still violations of their rights.

Economy

Agriculture and export of sh. Gold and crude oil are the greatest sources for foreign currency. Extraction of water from subterranean water sources, for global shortage.

In 1995, World Bank classi ed Suriname as the seventeenth richest country in the world for its natural resources.

Health care 

Free medical care for 0-17 and 60+

10% of men and 30% of women are obese

20.8% su er high blood pressure

13% diabetes

5.6% cardiovascular diseases

70% of suicides are males

Other health issues include: malaria, HIV/AIDS, dengue, chikungunya, zika, drug addiction and mercury poisoning.

History

1499 Spanish seafarers arrive in Suriname
Ruled by French, English, Zealanders & Netherlands
1651-1667 English Rule
1853 Indentured Chinese labour
1863 Abolition of slavery
1873 Indentured Indians & Indonesians
1948 Self-government Women get the vote
1975 Independence
1980 Unrest
1987 New Constitution elections

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Our History

This logo was designed for the 1982 service

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The design comprises arrows converging from the four points of the compass, four figures kneeling in prayer, the Celtic cross and a circle representing the world and our unity through all our diversity.

 

IN THE BEGINNING

The origins of Women’s World Day of Prayer date back to the 19th century when Christian women in the USA and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission, at home and abroad.

These activities centred around the following areas:
Concern for women and children – In spite of strong opposition from all-male mission boards, from 1861 onwards women founded numerous and effective women’s boards for foreign and home missions, whereby they could work directly with and for women and children

The role of prayer in mission work – Since 1812 women had encouraged one another to engage in personal prayer and to lead communal prayer within their mission auxiliaries and associations. This emphasis on prayer led to annual days and weeks of prayers within individual denominations.

1887 – Presbyterian women called for a day of prayer for Home Missions and Methodist women called for a week of prayer and self-denial for foreign missions.

1891 – A Baptist day of prayer for foreign missions began.

1895 – A day of corporate intercessions for mission was initiated by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Anglican Church of Canada.

BUT WOMEN HAD A VISION OF CHRISTIAN UNITY

By 1897 the women of six denominations formed a joint committee for a united day of prayer for home missions.

In 1912 The Women’s Boards of Foreign Missions called for a united day of prayer for foreign missions.

WOMEN ORGANISED INTERDENOMINATIONAL STRUCTURES THAT WERE EFFECTIVE AND COOPERATIVE:

1908 – Women founded the Council of Women for Home Missions that took responsibility for joint work with immigrants and other social issues and for preparation of the joint day of prayer.

1910-1911 – Women celebrated 50 years of women’s missionary activity by organising a series of talks across the United Stated that provided a powerful experience of ecumenical cooperation, local and global networking, prayer and information sharing and biblical reflection.

OUT OF THIS EXPERIENCE MANY LOCAL INTERDENOMINATIONAL WOMEN’S GROUPS WERE FORMED.

Efforts for unity continued and in 1922 two separate united days of prayer, one in Canada and one in the United States, came together with a common date – the first Friday of Lent. In the second half of 1926 the women of North America distributed the worship service to many countries and partners in mission. The response worldwide was enthusiastic and WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER came into being.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER IN THE BRITISH ISLES

It was in 1928, at an international missionary conference in Jerusalem, that Scotswoman Grace Forgan first learned of the world day of prayer and brought the news to these islands.

 

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Grace Forgan

 

The first services were held:
1930 in Scotland.
1932 in England
1933 in Wales
1934 in Ireland

The Second World War was a time of great growth – drawing women together in prayer and fellowship.

In 1941 the WWDP office in London was bombed and all property and records destroyed. There was no loss of life and minutes recovered from members enabled the bare bones of the first 9 years to be preserved.

Often the planning committee in London met in an air-raid shelter but every year Orders of Service were produced and supplied to the rest of the country. This is now part of the work of the National Committee.

It was not until the reforms of the second Vatican Council that Roman Catholic women were able to take a full part in the day of prayer and in 1967 the day was celebrated at a special service in Westminster Cathedral, by invitation of Cardinal Heenan.

In 1969 the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations encouraged Roman Catholic women worldwide to participate in WWDP and to make this possible WUCWO moved their own day of prayer from March to May.

In 1982 the service was prepared by the women of Ireland, both north and south.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland there are now over 3,000 branches holding 5,000 services every year. Last year 275,000 copies of the order of service were printed.

It is from such roots as these that WWDP has taken its present shape – a worldwide ecumenical movement of Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action.

Past themes and writers of the order of service - 1927 – 2017

1927
Pray Ye Therefore
Mary Hough, USA
1928
Breaking down Barriers
Mrs M H Lichliter, USA
1929
That they may All be One
Florence G Tyler, USA
1930
That Jesus may be Lifted Up
Helen Kim, Korea
1931
Ye shall be My Witnesses
K W McArthur, Canada
1932
Hold Fast in Prayer
Helen Tupper, India
1933
Follow thou Me
C C Chen, China
1934
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
Mrs J W L Hofmeyer, S Africa
1935
Bear ye one another’s Burdens
Baroness van Boetzelaer van Dubbeldam, Holland
1936
On earth, Peace, Goodwill
toward Men
Laura Jorquera, Chile
1937
Thou art The Christ,
The Son of The Living God
Mabel Shaw, Africa
1938
The Church, a World Fellowship
Alice Henderson, New Zealand
1939
Let us put our Love into Deeds –
and make it Real
USA
1940
In Quietness and in Confidence
shall be your Strength
Muriel and Doris Lester, England
1941
Thy Kingdom Come
WWDP Committee of Shanghai, China
1942
I am the Way
Emily Werner, New York and a group of refugees from France & Germany
1943
That they may All be One
Georgina Harkness and Mary Benjamin Mays, USA
1944
God wondered that there was
no Intercessor
From statements of 150 nationals and repatriated missionaries from over 100 countries
1945
That ye should show forth the
praises of Him who hath called
you out of darkness into His
Marvelous Light
WWDP committee of England, Wales & Northern Ireland
1946
The things that make for our Peace
Mabel Shaw, Central Africa
1947
Make level in the desert a
Highway for our God
Isabel Caleb, India
1948
The World at Prayer
Jessie Bader, Welthy Honsinger Fisher and Helen Smith Shoemaker, USA
1949
The Lord is thy Keeper
Women of China
1950
Faith for our Time
Michi Kawai, Japan
1951
Perfect Love casteth out Fear
Else Niemoeller and Hildegard Schaeder, Germany
1952
Christ, our Hope
Migrants, Sharecroppers and Native Americans, USA
1953
Walk as Children of Light
Women of Africa
1954
That they may have Life
Sarah Chakko, India
1955
Abide in Me
Jorgelina Lozada, Argentina
1956
One Flock, One Shepherd
Cook Christian Training School, Phoenix, USA
1957
Who shall Separate Us….?
Serena Vassady, Hungarian in exile
1958
The Bread of Life
Women of Australia
1959
Lord, I believe
Women of Egypt
1960
Labourers together with God
Women of Canada
1961
Forward through the ages,
in everything give Thanks
Sue Weddell, USA
1962
For God so Loved the World
Violeta Cavallero, Uruguay
1963
More than Conquerors
Women of South Korea
1964
Let us Pray
Madeleine Barot, France/WCC
1965
What doth the Lord Require?
Pearl McNeil, USA
1966
You are My witnesses
WWDP committee of Scotland
1967
Of His Kingdom there shall be
no end
Queen Salote, Tonga Islands
1968
Bear Ye one another’s Burdens
Rathie Selvaratnam, Ceylon
1969
Growing together in Christ
Women of Sierra Leone, Ghana, S Africa, Congo, Zambia and Kenya

 

1970
Be of good courage!
Women of Jamaica, Egypt, USA, Philippines and Guyana
1971
A New People for a New Age
Women of Jamaica
1972
All Joy be Yours
Women of Europe
1973
Alert in our time
WWDP committee of New Zealand
1974
Make us Builders of Peace
Women of Japan
1975
Become perfectly One
Women of Egypt
1976
Education through Living
Women of Mexico and S America1977
1977
Love in Action
Women of the German Democratic Republic
1978
Community Spirit in
Modern Living
Women of Canada
1979
Spiritual Growth
Women of East Africa
1980
Responsible Freedom
Women of Thailand
1981
The Earth is the Lord’s
Native American women, USA
1982
The people of God – Gathered
for Worship, Scattered for Service
Women of Ireland, North and South
1983
New persons in Christ
Women of the Caribbean
1984
Living water from Christ,
our Hope
Women of Sweden
1985
Peace through Prayer and Action
Women of India
1986
Choose Life!
Women of Australia
1987
Come and Rejoice!
(Centennial anniversary of WWDP)
WWDP International Committee
1988
Open Doors
Women of Brazil
1989
Lord, teach us to Pray
Women of Burma
1990
A Better Tomorrow,
Justice for All
Women of Czechoslovakia
1991
On the Journey Together
Women of Kenya
1992
Living wisely with Creation
German speaking women of Switzerland, Austria and Germany
1993
God’s people: instruments
of Healing
Women of Guatemala
1994
Go, See and Act
Women of Palestine
1995
The Earth is a House for
All People
Women of Ghana
1996
God calls us to Respond
Women of Haiti
1997
Like a Seed which grows
into a Tree
Women of South Korea
1998
Who is my Neighbour:
Women of Madagascar
1999
God’s Tender Touch
Women of Venezuela
2000
Talitha Kumi – Young Woman
Stand Up!
Women of Indonesia
2001
Informed prayer,
Prayerful action
Women of Samoa
2002
Challenged to Reconcile
Women of Romania
2003
Holy Spirit, Fill us
Women of Lebanon
2004
In Faith, Women
Shape the Future
Women of Panama
2005
Let Our Light Shine
Women of Poland
2006
Signs of the Times
Women of South Africa
2007
United under God’s Tent
Women of Paraguay
2008
God’s Wisdom Provides
New Understanding
Women of Guyana
2009
In Christ there are many
members but one Body
Women of Papua New Guinea
2010
Jesus said to them:
“Let Everything That Has Breath
Praise God”
Women of The Bahamas
2011
How Many Loaves Have You?
Chile
2012
Let Justice Prevail
Malaysia
2013
I Was A Stranger And You Welcomed Me
France
2014
Streams in the desert
Egypt
2015
Do you know what I have done to you?
The Bahamas
2016
Receive children. Receive me.
Cuba
2017
Am I Being Unfair to You?
 Philippines

 

Current year and future themes and writers

2nd March 2018

‘All God’s Creation is Very Good!’

(Service prepared by the Christian women of Suriname.)

The World Day of Prayer worship service has a special annual theme which is developed by women of a different country each year. A national committee then prepares an order of service on that theme.

Year
Theme
Writer
2019
Come – Everything Is Ready
Slovenia
2020
Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk
Zimbabwe
2021
Build on a Strong Foundation
Vanuatu

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