WDP asked Shivonne, from Princeton, NJ, how she got involved in WDP and what keeps her interested.
As a member of the Nora F. Taylor Women’s Missionary Society at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, I am always working to engage and serve the local, national, and global community. While I was no stranger to the World Day of Prayer movement, I had the esteemed honor and privilege to participate in the International Meeting activities held in New York City in June 2012. Some volunteers from the ministry served alongside myself to host, and aid as tour guides, for the hundreds of women who traveled from throughout the world for this very important event. As someone who has a heart and passion for missions, my perspective was broadened from one of the worship services at The Interchurch Center, and through spending a day with sixty-five women learning about their passion for Christ, His church, and our ability to reshape the world around us through our gifts and, more importantly, prayer. I would like to impress upon anyone who is considering joining forces in this movement that its mission transcends denominational, cultural, and racial lines. World Day of Prayer concerns itself with all things that pertain to Christ, the church, and the society it inhabits. I would encourage all women of any age to become involved. Join the movement today.
Evaluation forms are still coming in (Didn’t fill one out? Download it here!), but we have a pretty good idea of where out 2013 Services took place. Take a look and see if you can pick out your own “dot on the map!”
Before submitting an application, please carefully review the eligibility requirements to determine that your organization is qualified for funding from World Day of Prayer, USA. Then, using the outline below as a guide, please prepare a formal proposal, and email it as one document (Microsoft Word or a pdf) to info(at)wdp-usa(dot)org. Please feel free to send additional materials, such as photos, graphics, or videos as attachments. We give grants in the range of $500-$5,000. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2013.
This year, preference will be given to organizations working with migrant and immigrant people, in line with this year’s WDP theme.
All requests for WDP USA funding should:
Reflect the mission of World Day of Prayer, USA
Affirm the worldwide and ecumenical concern for justice, peace and the integrity of creation
Provide services and/or effective advocacy for underserved and marginalized populations, particularly women and children
Benefit the target population without regard to religious affiliation
With respect to project support, WDP USA prefers not to fund: administrative salaries, benefits and expenses, utilities, rent and insurance. Capital expenditures are generally not considered unless they are central to the specific goal of the project.
Carolyn Kingshill, a resident of Pilgrim Place in Claremont CA, sent us a report of how her community adapted the WDP materials to be used during their half-hour weekly vespers service.
Here at Pilgrim Place our Vespers are 30 minutes in length, and the stage at Decker Hall only accomodates about five people. Those two reasons had much to do with how I edited the Service. Several of the women who told me following the service how good they thought it was–a few had never attend WDP before!
You can download the order of worship Carolyn used here.
One of the 2012 WDP USA grants went to International Justice Mission. The project they requested funding for involves working with women survivors of human trafficking in Cebu, Philippines.
On the night they were rescued from trafficking, the high school-aged girls shared their stories with IJM and government social workers. They played games and spent the night in a safe shelter.
Arlette Daluz, Director of Strategic Partnerships for IJM, writes to the WDP USA community:
I pray that you would see the critical role you’ve played in the rescue and restoration of these young women in Cebu. Thank you for your partnership in God’s kingdom work and for loving these girls as if they were your very own. God bless you…
Inter-generational cooperation was at work during the World Day of Prayer service at Landsborough Seventh Day Adventist Church! Check out this video of Elizabeth Little, singing a duet with her granddaughter, who also played the flute!
One of the organizations that your 2012 World Day of Prayer offerings supported is Mpanzi, working in rural villages in Africa. You can read more about the work we funded on our 2012 grants page.
What follows is an excerpt of a new book written by Jackie Ogega, co-founder and co-director of Mpanzi, about her personal experience with Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting. The book is called “Pervaise Violence: What Makes Female Genital Cutting Possible, Even Inevitable. You can order her book on Amazon, or visit the book website to learn more!
This was the day to witness these circumcision festivities for boys as well as girls. Mom and other relatives were away. There was hardly anyone watching over me, besides uncle Machira.
I jumped off the Mapera tree and sneaked away from my uncle towards the roadside where the male initiates were being escorted to their homes. After the circumcision, the initiates would be escorted home in a ceremony marked with song and dance. A community of families would form an entourage of about 30 to 40 men, dropping off initiates every time they got to their homestead. I hid nearby a think bush by the huge gum tree that stood erect by the gate of my father‘s house. I peeped through the bush to see the male procession approaching in full combat gear. Men raising their spears and machetes in mock war. Their deep voices piercing the quiet morning with song, whistles and chanting.
I trembled, burying myself deeper into the thick bush as the violently jovial males passed by our gate towards Okari‘s home. When I was sure they had passed the gate, I emerged out of my hideout and tried to peep. If only I could see one male initiate! How did they look? The speculation was that they would be nude, the foreskin of their penises taken off. I also understood from rumors that their rituals were much more elaborate. But no one really spoke about it. I had no brother to nudge to tell me about it. I must have stayed by the gate for a few minutes, completely subsumed in the thought of the mysteries of male circumcision.
Then a pang of fear cramped my stomach causing me unbearable pain. I held to my stomach with my two little hands. What if my sisters did not make it back? What if they bled to death? What if they cried and the mythical curse took effect? My knees gave in as my body collapsed into the thick bush that had become my hideout. I wept, holding onto the bushes.
If your community enjoyed the 2013 World Day of Prayer worship service, they might be interested in the Bible Studies provided by the WDP France Committee. The Studies focus on Leviticus 19 and Matthew 25:31-46, using both texts to explore the topic of welcoming the stranger. Each study can be divided into three different lessons or discussions, making them ideal for Adult Education groups. Why not invite a group of friends over for a simple supper and study once a month to engage the Bible Studies? However you decide to use them, you can download them for free by clicking here!
If you’d rather have a hard copy, they can be ordered from Kutztown Publishing by calling 1-888-937-8720 at a cost of 5 for $2.50 plus shipping and handling.