Wor­ship­pers storm the heav­ens for Zim­babwe

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - ERICA MUR­REE erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

“RISE! Take your mat and walk” was the mes­sage given to those who at­tended the World Day of Prayer ser­vice in Biggen­den on Fri­day.

The an­nual event is held on the first Fri­day of March, and in­volves peo­ple in more than 150 coun­tries, speak­ing 88 dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

This year’s coun­try of fo­cus was Zim­babwe.

The Biggen­den ser­vice was held in St Peter’s Catholic Church and was at­tended by peo­ple from a range of de­nom­i­na­tions.

Leader Bev Geissler said there were about 960 ser­vices held for World Day of Prayer in Aus­tralia alone.

“World Day of Prayer has a motto, In­formed Prayer and Prayer­ful Ac­tion,” she said.

“Let’s be in­formed, pray and act to­day and in the days ahead on be­half of Aus­tralia and Zim­babwe.”

Those in at­ten­dance made an of­fer­ing to this year’s project, Em­pow­er­ing Moth­ers of Chil­dren with a Dis­abil­ity, which is run in Zim­babwe.

“Women look af­ter chil­dren with spe­cial needs and dis­abil­i­ties of­ten with lit­tle or no sup­port from hus­bands or rel­a­tives who of­ten con­sider dis­abil­ity to be shame­ful,” Mrs Geissler said.

The Bi­ble So­ci­ety of Zim­babwe works with these women and their chil­dren by run­ning work­shops, Bi­ble stud­ies and pre­sen­ta­tions.

Pic­ture: Erica Mur­ree

DAY OF PRAYER: Ruth Clif­ford, Ju­lia Young, Bev Geissler and Moira Thomp­son take part in the World Day of Prayer ser­vice in Biggen­den.

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