World Day of Prayer to celebrate cultural diversity
ZUNY Beltran sympathises with victims of the Christchurch earthquake.
A year ago she was in her native country, Chile, during the quake that killed more than 500 people and damaged 250,000 buildings.
‘‘ I was staying in Concepcion at the time and found it really terrifying,’’ Mrs Beltran said.
The earthquake, on February 27, 2010, was centred in Concepcion and measured 9.1 on the Richter Scale.
Tomorrow she will represent Chile at a World Day of Prayer service at the Beaches Church, Mount Kulburn Drv, Jensen, at 10am.
Christians in Chile have prepared the liturgy for the day of prayer, observed in 170 countries to celebrate unity in diverse cultures.
Mrs Beltran, who migrated to Australia in 1989 with her husband and children in search of opportunities for work and study, will display some Chilean artefacts and national flag tomorrow.
She is planning another Chile next month.
Other Townsville services will be held at Garden Settlement, Pallarenda, 9.30am; Good Shepherd Nursing Home, 9.30am; Loreto Nursing Home 10.30am; Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Villa Vincent, 11am; Nelly Bay Uniting Church, 9am; and Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mysterton, 7pm.