SOUTH-WEST Victorian church communities will join a world day of prayer next week to support Egyptian Christians at risk in the country’s ongoing political turmoil.
More than three million people in more than 170 nations and islands are expected to participate in the global annual event, using a suggested service based on a theme “streams in the desert”.
Warrnambool organisers Jenny Keegan and Joy Talbot said the Egyptian Coptic Church had been a regular target of extremists in cities and rural areas.
“On this world day of prayer we come together to pray for issues facing the people of Egypt, the suffering of women and children, the needs of widows, education for girls, political instability, the end of attacks on Coptic Christians and the right of all to worship in their chosen way,” they said.
“We invite people to join us at St Joseph’s Church on March 7 at 1.30pm.
“Our guest speaker will be Kathy Garner, the pastoral care practitioner at Lyndoch Living.
“Donations will be made to the Bible Society’s literacy project which aims to help the poorest and most uneducated sector in Egypt.”
A full list of participating south-west venue organisers is on the World Day of Prayer Australia website.