The Ecumenical Women’s worship service at the Commission on the Status of Women on Friday, March 2 focused on the World Day of Prayer. This year’s worship materials were written by women from Malaysia.

Theresa Symons, Executive Director of the Good Shepherd Welfare Centre in Malaysia, provided a Reflection on Malaysia during the Ecumenical Women’s worship that took place in the chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations. She noted the changes and the progress that Malaysia has seen over the past two decades.

She also reflected on the challenges face by the 4 million migrants who have come to Malaysia.

These women migrants do not have a voice, poverty has silenced their right to be heard. My heart aches.

But, she affirms that there is a ray of hope:

I see people braving prison sentences in order that the voices of the helpless are heard. I see people of different races, religions, culture and economic status walk the streets, demanding for fair general elections. I hear people affirming that human rights are women’s rights. I see people helping each other.

She concludes with a vision and a prayer:

May Malaysia be a land where truth, justice, and compassion prevail for all who come to my shores.

Amen!

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Watch more videos from the World Day of Prayer Ecumenical Women worship service:

Call to Worship

Prayer of Intercession

Gospel Reading