What will you bring back to your community as Living Water?

On the morning of the last day of the World Day of Prayer meeting, Ulirke Bechmann led a Bible Study on John 4:1-44, the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman.  Participants were invited to consider what “Living Water” they would bring back from the meeting to their local WDP committees.  Here are their responses:

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Ser sensible y accionar a la necesidad. Viviendo y actuando.

Be more active.  Think and plan ways to break down the barrier that the employers (women too) hide behind regarding the way they treat their domestic helper.  Tell the stories heard and ask questions about what they and the ladies at home know and ask what they can do.

Recognizing that in spite of status, everybody is important and has a place in this world.  We have an obligation to help all persons find and maximize their abilities and reach their fullest potential.

To revitalize more interest andcommitment to World Day of Prayer.  To investigate and act wherever possible to issues involving mistreatment of migrants–to reach out to them and make a difference.  To be a more committed Christian.  To include young women in the process.

Compassion toward the Samaritan Woman–the Woman was not corrupt, but the system!  Borders were successfully crossed because of the TRUTH-giving living water.

The joy of togetherness of WDP.  The peace of understanding the migration stories.  The hope of passing on the knowledge of what it means to have the living water.

Participation of all–not excluding people–looing for our roots, not only spirituality but also practical work.

Community and sharing.

Young women in the WDPIC–hope for the future!  Women in faith who share their experiences, may ind the first steps against injustice–we are not standing on our own, we have sisterhood.

More penetrating eyes to look for things that are “hidden”–in people’s lives, stories, etc.

Seeing things from a new perspective–not bound by tradition and open to new ways of looking at things, new possibilities which will release people from old ways which captivate and enslave to new freedom, new empowerment.

Aider les gens a conscience de leur potentialite. Partager avec les gens cette eau de vie qui peut transformer le desert, l’humanite.  Porter les gens a prier pour ces qui souffrent, qui sont exploites, violés. 

Water is life.  Without water no life.  Water washes out our dirt and wrong done.  That is the Justice.

The doctrine from the story of the Samaritan Woman tells us that borders are always there to be crossed by anyone who  walks with Jesus.  For all sisters of the WDP, cross the border and to speak the truth.

El agua viva es real, es posible. El agua fluye y se comparte. La seol puede ser saciada. Debo cruzar las fronteras.  Dios cruza fronteras el dio para darme agua en mi desierto.

El agua de la tolerancia, amor y comprensión.

Refreshment of the Spirit.

Unity, love one another, study the word of God, visit the sick, prayer with family and personally, spend quality time with your children, get involved in the community.

Fellowship and unity with our sisters around the world, to bring living water together.

Approach people across borders patiently and slowly, step by step.  Not to jump forward and draw our own conclusions.  Be the living water to the desert/desperate situations.

Kjærlighets, vennlig has, tydelighet: Jesus!

Living waters must flow where women are exploited.  Living water must flow by advocating to speak the truth at all times.

We have to speak the truth and see the need of others.

Tell us the logos (word) who is the living water.  Let the living water flow in our daily lives.  Share the living water to every person in the Cooks Islands.  Open the living water to friends, family and neighbors.

Compartir con las mujeres del DMO Honduras las experiencia que vivi y la importancia de involucrarnos inspirar las a creer que este projecto nos puede ayudar a todas a mejorar y creces.  Formar diferentes grupos y comenzar a invitar a mujeres dándoles formacion y compartir buenas nuevas.

Identify the issues, advocate on truths about the living water, make people enjoy the living truth about this living water.

Desert: family divided by prejudice, political instability, economic frustration.  Act–speak the truth.

Sensibiliser les femmes de mon pays à travailler pour le regne de Dieu sur cette terre, par la prière, elles peuvent changer le monde.

The understanding of each other across our many borders here (cultural, languages, denominations, etc.) –the oneness in Christ.  Get the women’s perspective on the Bible Stories.

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