More than 135 years ago, women in Boston decided that they could give two cents and a prayer for work with women, children and youth.

That small amount grew into millions of dollars that supported programs and projects in the United States and abroad for the needs of women and children.

In Fort Wayne, women are still working with the same goal in mind. They want to support women and children here and globally who are less fortunate, oppressed, abused, and who have few opportunities for economic independence.

To do this, United Methodist Women in Fort Wayne are stopping the rush of their lives to pray for and donate money toward this cause so that other women and children may have an opportunity for a better life.

United Methodist Women at Waynedale United Methodist Church will be meeting in their fellowship circles during the month of February to observe the annual Call to Prayer and Self-Denial, which is a national observance that raises more than a million dollars each year for women and children. The focal point of these meetings will be the Quiet Day or Quiet Evening Service where a special offering is taken to benefit the programs and projects that meet the criteria related to 2005’s theme, which is Women Seeking Justice in the Workplace. In contributing to this offering, each person is encouraged to give sacrificially. In the past, we have considered giving money that we might normally spend for a meal at a restaurant, or coffee on-the-go. This can add up to quite a large amount in the course of just a week. This offering will help fund mission projects that assist women to gain access to employment that can provide an equitable, sustainable livelihood in the United States and in other countries.

Nearly a million women in 25,000 local units of United Methodist Women will participate in the observance during 2005. The Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church sponsors A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial each year.

The Women’s Division represents United Methodist Women, a one million member organization, whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice. Members raise more than $20 million a year for programs and projects related to women, children, and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial is one way local women contribute to this funding.
Information provided by Alberta McConnell.

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