World Day of Prayer and Rathi Selvaratnam

As the first Friday in March rapidly approaches, Christians around the world will begin to heed the call to gather for the annual World Day of Prayer. Services will begin in those countries immediately west of the international date line, sometimes even at dawn, and conclude in those countries east of this geographical division of time. Prayer will envelop the world as a great wave of prayers circumnavigates the globe over the course of this day of unity as people pray with one another. In 1887, Mary Ellen Fairchild James of New York, USA, called for a day of prayer for home missions. Her voice was soon joined by a chorus of women’s voices calling for a day or even a week of prayer and self-

A Transformed Life

Almost 54 years ago, in June 1966, Australian Church Women awarded the second Winifred Kiek Scholarship to Miss Sabita Devi Swarup of Fiji for secretarial studies and training in Australia. Sabita was 23 years of age and a member of the Methodist Church at Lautoka, Fiji. Sabita had a very interesting conversion story of how she became a believer in Jesus Christ and accepted Him as her personal Saviour, and how her life was transformed by Christianity. Her testimony is reproduced in this post so that you may be encouraged by Sabita’s Christian witness and perseverance. ‘Although I was born in a hindu home, the very first few years of my school life were spent in a Methodist School but owing t

‘Come, See, Go, Quickly and Tell’

The ASIAN CHURCH WOMEN'S CONFERENCE was conceived by women of vision and women who dared to dream dreams in the post-World War II years. The First Assembly of the Asian Church Women’s Conference (ACWC) was held on 17‒30 November 1958 and was limited to Presbyterian church women leaders and their supporters. It was funded by the United Presbyterian Women (USA) through their giving program of ‘Opportunity Gifts’, and the Presbyterian church women of Hong Kong hosted the meetings. Most of the Asian women who planned this first assembly had never met before they were guests together, in 1958, at a nearly four-month program of speaking engagements, and church and conference experience in the USA.

ACW is 55 Years Young

On Tuesday 11 February 2020, Australian Church Women will celebrate 55 years since our constitution was ratified and our national body was born. So much has taken place over these 55 years since the founding of our organisation, and when I browse through our National Archives I am continually surprised by the accomplishments of our members, past and present. I see so many capable, yet humble women acknowledged in our records. Women who didn’t seek honours or look for the limelight, yet flourished in their service to others in the name of Jesus. Quite a contrast to many of the women featured today on television and social media. They are often highlighted because they are self-seeking or inte

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