Through the World Day of Prayer (WDP), women witnessed their faith in Christ, sharing their joy and sorrow, hope and fear, work and need. The movement also encouraged women to embrace the world, enrich their faith, pray for their families, and used their talents to serve people in society in different regions and cultures.

WDP in 2019 was hosted by Slovenia, a small country in Central Europe. Its forest coverage ranks third among European countries. It is also the first country in the world to be found with Karst region (also known as limestone topography). Among them, the Skocjan Caves were entered on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites. The joint worship manual reflected Slovenia’s politics and economy going from social communism to a democratic parliamentary republic. Their stories are the voices of refugees, young mothers, elders, victims and Romani people (formerly known as Gypsies).  As we listened to their stories, we asked God to forgive us for remaining silent in the face of injustice, and we asked God to open our hearts to compassion and understanding.

This year’s Taipei session was held by the Taiwan Lutheran Church at the Taipei Truth Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 22, with an attendance of 120.  On that day, a total of NT$54,210 was donated to Taipei Homeless Caring Centre of the Salvation Army in Taipei.  In the joint service, we were called to care for each other, to respect life and the beauty of nature, and to do our best to protect what God has created. We supported each other on the path to freedom, justice and peace with a blessed prayer.

On February 17, YWCA of Taiwan invited new immigrant families to participate in the Lunar New Year holiday activities, in which 140 people spent the time happily together.

YWCA of Taiwan cooperated with the Lawrence S. Ting Memorial Fund in conducting this event to convey our maternal warmth and love to the new immigrant sisters.  The event had been carrying out for eight years. This year, we reviewed our past achievements, while the new immigrant sisters shared their changes after joining the YWCA movement and the photos about their parental home and performed on the stage, along with raffles and other activities.

A woman may have to raise children, take care of elderly relatives, earn money to support the family, and do domestic chores. In case of misfortune, she may encounter violence, divorce, financial difficulties, family members’ illness, and so on. No one can imagine how much pressure she has to bear, how much suffering makes her heart and soul exhausted, how many difficulties make her struggle. When it comes to the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), our services can ease or solve the problems faced by countless women and families. The YWCA bandages their wounds, wipes their tears, provides nourishment, irrigates their heart, ignites the light of hope for their life and accompanies them forward.

This brochure records six moving stories of the YWCA family. For more details, please ask us for the handbook.

On November 2-4, National YWCA and the Branch jointly held an annual workshop on the theme of “To be a healthy, happy and environmentally friendly young woman.”

Volunteers and officers of the chapters successfully completed various activities through the courses and short-time practice, fully demonstrating the strong cohesion and enthusiasm of the YWCA. With a lecture given by President Shu-ti Chiu of the Yilan Branch, we got a better understanding of the current situation and international trends of aging, and let participants reflect on the direction of ministry services. After PresidentChun-Feng Lin gave a lesson, we knew more about the cohesion of the group. Following the three-day event, YWCA staff was energized to continue serving women and families across the nation.

Next year’s seminar will be co-organized with the Yilan Branch. We will reunite in Yilan next year.

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