Friday, 4 March 2011

How Many Loaves Have You?

This is the theme for this year's Women’s World Day of Prayer. The verse is from Mark Chapter 6 [feeding of 5000] and the service was prepared by the women of Chile.


The International Logo of the WWDOP was designed in 1982 for the service prepared by women of Ireland. 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.

This year it is our turn to host the local service and I have been asked to be the Guest Speaker.


The service is planned by women of a different country each year – and the country is chosen five years in advance. I have been very struck by the fact that most people would have struggled to mark Chile on a map back in 2006, when they were chosen [err…is it somewhere in South America…?] and yet last autumn, this country was the focus of world attention when “Los 33” – the trapped miners – were rescued in that wonderful way.

los 33

One of the British committee was equally moved by the fact that Chile has already been so much in our prayers in the past year, and has written a poem God’s Safety Net about the rescue, which is being used by many groups who are marking this special day of prayer. Find it here


I hope you are able to join with other women, to pray, on this special day, and that it will be a blessing to you.

God is faithful, and he always hears our prayers!


All across the world rejoices

God can accomplish great things still

“How many loaves have you?” they ask us

Will we stand up to the task?

Offer what we have to others

See more miracles come to pass

[Margie Savage]

1 comment:

  1. As o'er each continent and island
    The dawn leads on another day,
    The voice of prayer is never silent,
    Nor dies the strain of love away.

    Have a good WWDP, and enjoy singing this goldenest of oldies!


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