Monday, March 8, 2010

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated around the world on March 8th. It is a day set aside for women to be recognized for their economic, political and social contributions to the world. Across Europe and especially in Hungary, men will present the ladies in their lives small tokens of appreciation. This is usually in the form of flowers, chocolate, or perhaps a meal in restaurant.

Roma women are the backbones of their families. They work hard to keep their households clean and safe, to provide food for their husbands and children, and the great many other tasks we as women do on a daily basis. Roma women often live in poor conditions with inadequate housing and few affordable good nutritional choices. Life takes its toil as they work without running water, few modern appliances and little electricity.

Pray for the Roma women. Ask that today be the day they understand joy that comes from knowing Christ. Ask that today be an easy day of tasks. Pray that today they feel loved and appreciated by their families.

Pray for the series of Ladies' Days being held March 15-19 in the Roma churches in northeast Hungary. Pray the ladies will embrace the Bible study theme of "Celebrating God Loves Us As Women." Pray for the team of 4 ladies from the Women's Missionary Union of Virginia (WMU VA) coming to lead the study and teach cake decorating. Pray each day will be a day of fun and relaxation for the women of the Roma churches.

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