World Day of Prayer scheduled for March 7 at Epworth Manor

Churches of Tyrone are scheduled to take part in an international event, World Day of Prayer, on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Epworth Manor chapel.
The service is open to the public and to the guests at Epworth Manor. The purpose of the event is to become more informed about the country of Lebanon and to pray for its needs. Guest speakers from Lebanon will be on hand to talk about the country and the hardships that it faces since the beginning of its civil war.
“All of the churches in Tyrone take part in this. I’m a member of Bald Eagle United Methodist Church,” said participant Martha Harrier. “The Church of the Good Shepherd goes, the Catholic Church, Wesley and Christ United, almost all of the churches in Tyrone are members in it.”
Since it is an international event, 179 countries take a different day to participate in World Day of Prayer. In the United States, the event is sponsored and supported by Church Women United.
At the service on March 7, a dozen ladies of Lebanon will share information about their country and participate in the ceremony. First Presbyterian Church of Tyrone is in charge of creating the bulletins for the event and for providing the refreshments after the service.
“I think it’s the eighteenth service we’ve had,” said Harrier of how many World Day of Prayer services Tyrone area has participated in. “Each year we take a different group of ladies, and this year it’s on Lebanon.”
The ladies will share some disturbing facts about their country. With a population of 4 million people, Lebanon was torn apart by civil war from 1975 – 1992.
According to a Church Women United pamphlet written by WDP women of Lebanon, “Women of socially and economically deprived classes suffer most in Lebanon, especially in the more remote areas.
“Poor women are often illiterate and subject to violence and discrimination. For them, infant mortality is high, and so is death at childbirth.”
The reason for this World Day of Prayer is for people of all countries to become aware of the hardships of the women of Lebanon and in turn are asked to offer up their prayers for the cause at the service. The country of Lebanon is slowly recovering after its civil war, but its future is still uncertain.
“We do take up an offering if anyone would like to help them,” added Harrier.
For next year, a new country or group of people will be the focus of the World Day of Prayer.
For more information about the event, contact 684-1595.