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Issue No. 4, February 2004

“In Faith, Women Shape the Future”, World Day of Prayer, March 5, 2004

Christians around the world will be focusing on the country of Panama during the annual World Day of Prayer service on March 5, 2004. This year’s World Day of Prayer service, written by the women of Panama, reflects on the theme “In Faith, Women Shape the Future.”

Panama is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, and its fertile tropical climate supports an abundance of plants and birdlife. It is also one of the most unequal countries in the world in terms of the disparity between rich and poor. Much of the economy and wealth is concentrated in the services sector that supports the Panama Canal, while much of the extreme poverty is found in isolated areas of the country and in indigenous communities.

Participants attending the World Day of Prayer will not only be learning more about this beautiful country and its unique culture and heritage, but will also be joining Christians in more than 170 countries around the world and 2,000 communities across Canada who will gather together to pray and take action in solidarity with the people of Panama.

The World Day of Prayer has its roots in an ecumenical day of prayer organized by women in Canada and the United States in 1920. This event became the international World Day of Prayer in 1922, and Christians around the world began celebrating this event on the first Friday of March. However, some groups decide to celebrate on the first Saturday in March with an ecumenical event, which includes education about the country, inter-generational worship and a community meal. Others hold interdenominational World Day of Prayer services on the first Sunday in March.

In Canada, the World Day of Prayer is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada ().

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