International Women's Day of Prayer, March 4

Taiwanese Adventist women take time to reunite with God and one another, strengthening spiritual bonds.

Taiwan | NSD WM | Joyce Chen | March 16, 2023

The first Sabbath of March every year in the worldwide church calendar is International Women’s Day of Prayer. It is also the most important spiritual feast for women’s ministry in the Taiwan Conference. The theme for 2023 was “Transforming Prayer.”

Women’s Ministries local church coordinators provide an opportunity for women to learn about each other and pray for one another. It is a time to reunite with God and one another to strengthen spiritual bonds. During the Sabbath hours women worship together, preach, share testimonies, sing special songs, and participate in short dramatic presentations to highlight that year’s theme in a powerful way. Sunday, women provide community service, cleaning up the streets and making friends in the community. In celebrating International Women's Day of Prayer women worshiped and praised the Lord, but they also showed the love of Jesus by serving others and reaching the world around them.

Women take care of their families diligently, and at the same time they are willing to serve the Lord. They are God-fearing women; they are an example of what is to love the Lord in the church and in the family. They prayed for the family with tears. God sees their loyalty, just as the Bible Proverbs 31:30-31 said: "...but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. May she enjoy what she has worked; may her work glorify her at the gate of the city."

Although the essential purpose of the day is prayer, the day also provides women with an opportunity to strengthen their ties with other Christian women as they pray and serve together.

Photo credit: Taiwan WM
Written by Joyce Chen, Women’s Ministries director for Taiwan Conference of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD)

Published in Mosaic newsletter, 2023 Q2