Praying with people of Chile

TRAIL — On Friday, March 4, the women of Chile invite people to reflect on the many gifts that God has given – with a call to share those gifts.  The World Day of Prayer celebration asks a question that draws people into the Bible, into the real context of Chilean lives and communities: How many loaves have you?Chile stretches between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountain Range in the extreme southwest of South America. It borders to the north with Peru, Bolivia and Argentina to the east, with Antarctica to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west.In the 16th century, Spanish explorers came to Chile and went on to conquer it, although there was strong resistance from the indigenous peoples, especially the Mapuches in the south.  The conflict went on for four centuries and continues even today with disputes about the ownership of their lands.  Chile began its independence on Sept. 18, 1810, the date established as “National Independence Day.”All are invited to attend the World Day of Prayer service and learn more about Chile and its unique culture and heritage. Join Christians in more than 170 countries around the world and 2,000 communities across Canada who will gather on the World Day of Prayer to pray and act in solidarity with the people of Chile.A local service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1139 Pine Ave., Trail at 1:30 p.m.