Egypt is on its way to Timaru

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 08:06 05/03/2014
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JOHN BISSET/ Fairfax NZ

TOGETHER IN PRAYER: Salvation Army minister Major Wendy Sanson who is overseeing the South Canterbury World Prayer Day celebrations.

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Preparations to bring the desert to Timaru are under way at the Salvation Army.

By Friday, there will be sand dunes, streams and pyramids on the platform to add to the World Day of Prayer celebrations.

Every year a different country is in charge of organising a service book and sharing its culture. This year it is Egypt.

According to Major Wendy Sanson, who is overseeing the South Canterbury celebrations, most of the South Canterbury Christian churches will take part in the worldwide event, with the Salvation Army being the main centre.

Mrs Sanson said the World Day of Prayer was a good way for everyone to be together and see all the different flavours from different cultures.

A segment forming part of the service will include four women dressed in different outfits, from traditional to more modern, demonstrating the diversity of people living in Egypt and worshipping God.

More than 170 countries worldwide will be celebrating the day, using the same service book, entitled Streams in the Desert, written by the committee in Egypt.

Mrs Sanson said about 60 people were expected at the 10am service at the Salvation Army in Timaru on Friday. She said everyone was welcome to attend.

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- The Timaru Herald

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