Welcome to the World Day of Prayer 2024
“I Beg You… Bear With One Another in Love”
This program calls us to bear with each other in love, despite all difficulties and oppression. The program was written by a group of ecumenical Christian Palestinian women in response to the passage from Ephesians 4:1-7. We reflected collectively on this theme from the context of our suffering as Palestinian Christian women. We hope to inspire other women around the world to bear with one another in love during troubled times.
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV
EWNI World Day of Prayer service writers
Artist: Halima Aziz
Halima Aziz (b.1999 in Hagen, Germany) is a passionate Palestinian visual artist and design student based in Germany. She spent her childhood in Palestine. Halima experienced the war in Gaza in 2008 and survived it. In 2009 she moved back to Germany.
This artwork is made in honor of the World Day of Prayer. Through her artwork, Halima represents three Palestinian women praying together in nature in a peaceful place. In her work, she has different motives and symbols that indicate the origin of these women and their cohesion.
Olive trees/ branches are a sign of everlasting and abundant life because they can live for thousands of years.
The golden roots are underlining the fact that the Palestinians will always exist and as they exist, they will always resist for their rights and freedom. Poppy flowers are abundant and meaningful to Palestinians. They remind Palestinians of loved ones who have given their lives for their country.
The women are wearing traditional Palestinian dresses like the tatreez (embroidery) thobe (dress) or the white scarf. And the keys are a symbol of the hope to return back to Palestine.
“I Urge You”
On December 2nd 2023, WDPIC, in collaboration with the WDP Palestine Committee, hosted a Global Conversation based on the WDP 2024 program and theme, “I Beg You… Bear With One Another in Love” (Ephesians 4:1-3).
It was a great opportunity for the writing committee to introduce themselves and their experience developing the program for 2024, as well as the current situation in Palestine today.
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