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We express our deep sadness over the news of the passing of Ma Dorcas Maboe (deputy chair) on 11th June whilst being hospitalised. Her death is a great loss to World Day of Prayer. The committee extends its heartfelt condolences to the Maboe family, friend and colleagues.. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we wish them strength during this very difficult time.

Dit is met groot hartseer dat ons bekendmaak dat ons Ondervoorsitter, eerwaarde Dorcas Maboe, op 11 Junie in die hospital oorlede is. Haar heengaan is ‘n groot verlies vir die Wêreldbiddag vir Vroue in Suid-Afrika. Ons Uitvoerende Komitee spreek ons diepste simpatie uit met haar familie en kollegas. Ons gedagtes en gebede is met haar familie, en ons bid vir hulle vir krag en vertroosting in hierdie moeilike tyd.

The Women’s World day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement of Christian women. In more than 170 countries, they come together on the first Friday in March to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. The World day Prayer brings together women of various races, cultures and churches in fellowship and understanding.

In South Africa the first World Day of Prayer service was held in March 1930 in the Sea Point Congregational Church. In 1946 a National Committee for Southern Africa was established. Members of this Committee are nominated by a variety of church leadership.

Participation in South Africa is of the best in the world. We praise and thank the Lord for the faith, the need for prayer and the devoted interest in World Day of Prayer revealed by so many Christians in our country! The national office in South Africa also distributes programs to Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. More than 100 000 women participate annually in this celebration day. In reviewing the many years World Day of Prayer has been celebrated in South Africa, our hearts are lifted in gratitude. "To God be the Glory !"

About our Logo

The symbol for World Day of Prayer was developed by the women of Ireland and adopted as the international logo in 1982. Its design is made up of arrows converging from the four points of the compass, persons kneeling in prayer, the Celtic cross, and the circle, representing the world and our unity through all our diversity.

Are you part of this wave of prayer which sweeps the country every year,

from north to south and from east to west ?