Churches worldwide are being invited to mark a day of prayer for Zimbabwe on Sunday, 22 June 2008, as the beginning of a season of prayer for the people and government of the African country, which is facing a critical time in its history.
The day of prayer for Zimbabwe, which is an initiative of Christians in the country, will take place shortly before the runoff election for the presidency scheduled for that day.
"It is impossible to overstate the importance of this election, its fairness, its outcome and its aftermath", affirms the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia in a letter to the WCC member churches.
"Events in the coming weeks will challenge the people of Zimbabwe and the world to find means of overcoming violence in the exercise of democracy, and the results will influence the future of the nation and the region", he adds.
The global Anabaptist network, Mennonite World Conference (MWC), along with other church networks, are participating in the day or launching complementary initiatives.
Full text of the WCC invitation letter can be found here: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?id=6041