WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2020
The World Day of Prayer 2020 host country is Zimbabwe. The WDP 2020 program is based on Jesus’ encounter with a person who, although positioned for healing, had not acted upon the opportunities given. Jesus asked –“Do you want to be made well?” You are faced with this life-changing question. What are you going to do? “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk,” said Jesus. Our sisters from Zimbabwe are taking Jesus’ encounter to be a call to act in love for peace and reconciliation. “The action verbs suggest that we should not be afraid to act on the word of God. God is offering us the steps for personal and social transformation.”
The Bible study text is John 5:2-9a.
Zimbabwe means ‘House of Stones’ and it is located in Southern Africa. It is a landlocked country that lies between the Limpopo River in the south and the mighty Zambezi River in the north. Harare is the capital city and also the seat of government, while Bulawayo is the second largest city. The country has an estimated population of about 16 million people and 16 official languages. English, Shona and Ndebele are the most widely used. Major tourist attractions include the Victoria Falls, which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Hwange National Park, a wildlife conservancy, and the Great Zimbabwe Monument or ruins from which the country derives its name.
Nonny Mathe is a Zimbabwean born artist who lives in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She studied art at Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre in the late 90s. She has been practicing art for more than 15 years. She has done group exhibitions locally at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and National Gallery of Bulawayo. She has had exhibitions across Africa – Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa – and in Denmark, at the Christa Tribal and Modern Gallery. Nonny is currently a resident artist at the National Gallery in Bulawayo.