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Grace United Methodist in Pequot Lakes hosts World Day of Prayer

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Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes hosted an ecumenical service for the 2014 World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 7.

The service followed a liturgy prepared by the 2014 World Day of Prayer Egypt Committee, made up of women from Egypt, the country this year’s World Day of Prayer focused on. This year’s theme was “Streams in the Desert” and the event highlighted the biblical story of the Samaritan woman’s conversion at the well.

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Those who attended learned about the history, religion, climate, political scene and culture of Egypt. A slideshow presentation focused on the rights of women in Egypt and highlighted important modern women.

John Poston of Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area in Nisswa spoke about Kids Against Hunger’s current Million Meal Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to pack one million meals for local food shelves.

“Our hope is that we’re going to keep food shelves and people that need food in northern Minnesota stocked,” Poston said.

The offering taken was split between Kids Against Hunger and the World Day of Prayer, which supports initiatives that provide girls with education and clean water for poor communities.

The World Day of Prayer is held annually on the first Friday of March. The World Day of Prayer Services are written each year by Christian women from countries across the globe.

Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa will host the area 2015 World Day of Prayer service. The theme will be “Do you know what I have done to you?” and the service will be written by Bahamas Christians.

Gloria Dei Lutheran, Grace United Methodist, Living Savior Lutheran, Lutheran Church of the Cross, Our Savior’s Lutheran, Pequot Lakes Baptist and St. Christopher’s Catholic churches in Pequot Lakes, Nisswa and Lake Shore participated in the service.

Katie Morford is a former staff intern and a student at the University of Northwest-ern in St. Paul.

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