World Day of Prayer to cel­e­brate cul­tural di­ver­sity

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Ian Frazer

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.

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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.

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