RESPONSE TO COVID-19

COVID-19 update from your friends at WICC

June 3rd, 2020

REDEFINING: WICC Responds to COVID-19 – Please Continue to Pray

Over the past several months, we’ve all experienced unprecedented disruptions to our daily lives, both personally and professionally. As we settle into a “new” normal, change is the only constant! We at WICC, have pivoted with every new restriction and regulation as it has been announced, and we have been ahead of the game in keeping our staff safe and productive in home-based offices. Our office building may be predominately closed, but our ministry has continued.

Please continue to pray for the office staff working from home and for their occasional days in the office to process the mail. Cheques are still arriving from 2020 World Day of Prayer services across the country. Tax receipts for those donations will be mailed out later in the summer.

WDP Vanuatu 2021 Picture: Mother sheltering child during cyclone.  Palm tree is bending. Roots are holding firm. 

We cherish your prayers as we continue together to respond faithfully and prayerfully to restore hope to women touched by injustice.

For the first time, our Board will meet virtually via Zoom instead of our typical June face-to-face meeting. Please pray for our ability to concentrate and carry out the business of the board on June 19-20.

Much of the board work is on-going as the grant review process is evaluating the applications to see which ones fit denominational teaching and the COVID-19 timeline. They will be approved at the board meeting and distributed to the successful organizations.

The World Day of Prayer Team is working on the 2021 service from Vanuatu. The theme “Build on a Strong Foundation” is so appropriate considering the shifting sands we are on in our changing times. Lives change. God doesn’t. Thank you to each of you and your prayerful contributions as we remain rooted in faith and called to action together.

Be safe! Be blessed!

Steph

Rev. Steph McClellan – WICC President-Elect

 


May 7th, 2020

Build on a Firm Foundation

Much has changed for everyone over the last two months after the announcement of a global pandemic just five days after the World Day of Prayer (WDP).

Praise God for the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the WDP Zimbabwe 2020 services across Canada!

For many, it was the last group gathering before COVID-19 restrictions came into effect. Several people have commented that it was good to assemble as an inter-church community before this long period of isolation.                                                                                                                          Illustration for WDP 2021 – Vanuatu

The WICC office staff began working from home on March 20th. Everyone is doing well and we have been busy processing your offerings and WDP grant applications. For the past 100 years, WICC has been “Rooted in Faith and Called to Action” and our vision has not changed. Thanks to your generosity, we will be able to fund grant projects to help women and children emerge from situations of injustice.

As WICC prepares for WDP 2021 and everyone anticipates emerging from the isolation and safe practices resulting from COVID-19, there is some uncertainty regarding timing for lifting restrictions, especially for group events. What a perfect year for us to draw hope from the stories of Jesus in Matthew 7, the scripture basis for the 2021 Vanuatu WDP Service, and the theme “Building on a Strong Foundation”. God is the firm foundation on which we build. We can do this! Stay tuned for upcoming ideas and updates.

Please note that the mail delivery to the WICC office is up to date as of May 6th and Canada Post continues to operate. If you are one of the WDP Coordinators who hasn’t mailed your Offering Remittance and Evaluation form yet, please do so at your earliest convenience. If you didn’t have a chance to donate yet, the process is very easy on the WICC website, which is automatically connected to Canada Helps. https://wicc.org/donate-online/

With your support, we are empowering Christians to pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action. We continue to pray for the safety and blessing of our World Day of Prayer family.

 


April 2nd, 2020

COVID-19 update from your friends at WICC

Great is Thy Faithfulness! God has brought WICC through many challenges in the past 100 years including the First and Second World Wars, Spanish Flu, and the Great Depression. We are inspired by the resilience and faith of those who came before us.

We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has not been experienced by many in our generation. Like the previous generations, we fix our eyes on Jesus who gives peace in the midst of everything. Our hearts continue to pray together while we are apart.
How is WICC affected by COVID-19? Our office in Toronto is currently closed but WICC staff are working from home to continue to serve you.
World Day of Prayer donations are being processed and the deadline for grant applications has been extended to April 30th.
If you have any questions, please use the CONTACT page on the wicc.org website, email wicc@wicc.org or call 416-929-5174 (221) and leave a message. Your message is important to us and will be returned as soon as possible.
Thank you for partnering with us to pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9