Batavia Women Unite, Pray for Their Neighbors

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Byline: Terri Tabor Daily Herald Staff Writer

Church women unite

For nearly half a century, women from all walks of life in Batavia have joined hands on one special day to praise God and reach out to their neighbors.

On Friday, 70 women from a number of denominations met at the United Methodist Church in Batavia, while women worldwide met in their respective communities to celebrate the 111th World Day of Prayer.

The event is sponsored worldwide by Church Women United.

"I always feel so uplifted when I worship together with the women of Batavia," said Georgene Kauth, a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. "I think God was smiling on us when we do this."

Each year, women worldwide focus on the needs of a different country. This year the women prayed especially for Madagascar, an island stricken by poverty, food shortage and natural disasters. During a slide presentation, they saw for themselves the struggles the country has endured.

"We here in the United States don't know what poverty is," said June Oxe, a member of Faith Church of the Brethren.

Dabbing their fingers into the oil, the Batavia women took turns anointing one another's hands and saying "I am your neighbor."

Their act was symbolic of the Scripture's Good Samaritan, who stopped on the side of the road to help his enemy by anointing his wounds with oil.

That was what Friday's annual World Day of Prayer was all about - reaching out to neighbors.

About 70 Batavia women of all ages, races and denominations met on common ground at the United Methodist Church to join women worldwide in the 111th World Day of Prayer. The event is sponsored worldwide by Church Women United.

"I always feel so uplifted when I worship together with the women of Batavia," said Georgene Kauth, a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. …