Prayer Requests for the Unity Women’s Consultation 2016 Paramaribo, Suriname – February 2016

Please be in prayer for our Delegates, Observers, Speakers, Panel Discussion Leaders, Bible Study Leaders, Advisory Board, and Volunteers. (Click Read More for details!)

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Preparing for the Fourth Unity Women’s Consultation

“Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.” Psalm 96:3

On February 18, 2016, we will open the Fourth Unity Women’s Consultation. The Old Testament daily text reading will be from Psalm 96:3, and what verse could be more appropriate? Women from five continents, twenty-eight countries, and numerous cities, towns, and villages, will be convening on February 18 to begin discussing how to declare the glory of God and to continue to share God’s marvelous works among all the peoples around each and every woman.

That is February 18, but what about the time between now and then? What are we doing and what can we do to prepare ourselves-our hearts, our heads, our bodies, our souls-to be wholly present in Paramaribo, Suriname? Perhaps the daily text for January 18, 2016 can help us with that; it says: “The Lord makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters.” (Isaiah 43:16). So exactly a month before the first official day of the Fourth Unity Women’s Consultation, our texts tell us the Lord will help us to prepare. Beyond travel arrangements, last minute details, and literal sea-crossings, we can pray each and every day for the guidance and support of our Lord so that we will arrive with open hearts and willing minds. Open hearts and willing minds that will allow us all to be wholly present with our Lord and with each other. Open hearts and willing minds that show us the way to creating resolutions and solutions for our focus areas for the Consultation: Violence Against Women, Health Care for Women and Children, Education for Girls and Women, Women in Ministry, Employment and Overcoming Poverty, and Parenting for a More Just Society. Open hearts and willing minds that make connections and lifelong friendships. Open hearts and willing minds that will bring us all one step closer to living in the world as Jesus imagined it.

We not only ask for open hearts and willing minds for our delegates, observers, and staff, but also for the friends and family members who will remain home. We ask that you keep your hearts open and your minds willing, and that you pray for all of the women who will be in attendance at the Fourth Unity Women’s Consultation in Paramaribo, Suriname, and that you pray for safe travels and resolutions, but also that you pray that love and friendships will blossom and further bring each and every disciple closer to Jesus and each other.

While travel plans, charts, more charts, Skype meetings, program books, and busy everyday lives might feel overwhelming, there is always time to take a moment to read the daily text and pray for an open heart and a willing mind. Because with those, the travel plans, charts, meetings, and booklets will fall into place and be exactly as they are meant to be.

So as the Lord makes his path, we will prepare ourselves to declare his glory to all nations and with our sisters from all nations.

Adrianna, Assistant Secretary — Unity Women’s Desk

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Discover Suriname!

Introduction

“Discover Suriname” are words often used by tour operators and others in the travel business to request attention for Suriname, the smallest independent country in South America but with a Caribbean flavor instead of Latin American. Yes, Suriname is a country to discover, not only because it is not well known in the world, but more for what we have to offer the world: Cultural and religious diversity, pristine environments, including tropical rainforests and interesting estuarine areas both with a high biodiversity.

The country has a land area of 163,194 km² (appr. 63.000 mi²) and is situated on the northeast coast of South America, along the Atlantic Ocean, with Guyana bordering to the west, French Guyana to the east and Brazil to the south. Suriname, independent from the Netherland since 1975, is although small, still one of the least densely populated countries in the world, with 3.5 inhabitants per km². The country totals just 539,276 inhabitants (Census 2013).

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Am I My Sister’s Keeper?

One year from this month (February 2016), we will be convening the Fourth Unity Women’s Consultation in Paramaribo, Suriname.  The Caribbean area was chosen because the other Consultations were held in the America, Europe, and Africa Regions of the Unity.  Suriname was chosen because of its historical significance and the ease of meeting in a Moravian-owned hotel (Krasnapolsky)  and the convenient church facilities nearby.

The theme of the Consultation, “Am I My Sister’s Keeper?”, was chosen because of the implications of caring for one another as we move forward with the work of the Unity Women’s Desk. We will be discussing how we are responsible for the well-being of our sisters around the world.

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Unity Women’s Desk

The Unity Women's Desk is a ministry of the worldwide Moravian Church. Its purpose is to positively impact the lives of women and girls by coordinating the spiritual, financial, educational, and material resources that exist throughout the Moravian Unity.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27101 USA
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