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(FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA – November 6, 2023) Baptist World Alliance Women (BWAW) is hosting the annual Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer on Monday, November 6. Each year on the first Monday of November, Baptist women around the world gather in homes, churches, and communities to pray together for the world. This unified and dedicated time of prayer has been offered since its initiation in the 1950s, representing more than 70 years of impact.
The event kicked off with a virtual worship celebration on Saturday, October 14, drawing in more than 3,000 viewers.
“Hosting an online celebration gives us the opportunity to connect across cultures and continents through the power of technology,” said J. Merritt Johnston, BWA Women Executive Director. “It is a glimpse of heaven to worship with women from around the world and an inspiration to hear testimonies of how God is making an impact through women across the globe.”
Day of Prayer – Theme
This year’s theme is “Breath of Life” taken from Job 33:4: “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” The event prayer guide includes a Bible study focused on the theme written by BWA Women President Karen Wilson and includes specific prayer requests from each of the seven women’s continental unions.
“When we come together and pray, we are bringing life to others. When we reach out to others, we’re literally carriers of the Breath of God to those who are perishing, ” said Wilson. “Today as we gather all over the world, we’re lifting up women and projects that we’re involved with. God is using us to bless others, and collectively we’re making a difference as God’s presence and his power are imparted to others.”
Women are also encouraged to contribute to the annual Day of Prayer Offering that supports women’s initiatives in each continent and worldwide. Through this year’s projects, Baptist women are helping feed the hungry in Trinidad and Tobago, providing mental health support in Lebanon, equipping next generation leaders in Latin America, discipling girls through the arts in the United States, networking children’s ministry leaders in Africa, planting seeds of hope through community gardens in Fiji, forging a path to financial freedom for women in Nepal, advocating at the United Nations for victims of domestic abuse, and offering shelter and care for internally displaced persons in Ukraine and beyond. Visit BWAWomen.org/projects to learn more about this year’s projects.
Women are also encouraged to follow the BWA Women social channels throughout the week for updates from Day of Prayer gatherings happening around the world.
“As a local coordinator for the annual Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer, we have the opportunity to align our prayers with Jesus and the Holy Spirit on one accord with prayer warriors around the world,” said Tamara Freeman from the Eastern Union Missionary Baptist Association Women’s Auxiliary (Ohio, USA). “As we pray for others, we discover that many of our prayers represent issues and concerns that are global. Our hearts are expanded so that we become active intercessors for each other around the world.”