More than one million Christians from different denominations and 140 countries will be taking part in the annual ‘World Day of Prayer’ observance on Friday.
Initiated and overseen by women, the World Day of Prayer takes place every year on the first Friday of March, right after the International Women’s Day in Uganda.
In comments emailed to The Christian Post, Rosângela Oliveira, executive director of the World Day of Prayer International Committee, explained that this year’s theme is “All God’s Creation is Very Good!” which is based off Genesis 1:1–31.
“It was developed by WDP women in Suriname, a small country on the northeastern coast of South America, and it calls the world to be caretakers of God’s creation,” said Oliveira.
The Christian Post says the day of the observance will often involve worship services, while the program created by the chosen national committee will include other activities related to its theme, like educational events or volunteer projects, done throughout the year.
Oliveira estimates that as many as 1.6 million people will participating in this year’s observance, if not more, with about 22,000 services taking place globally. The total number of nations taking part might get as high as 170.