Saturday, November 7
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This year marks the centenary year of Scottish missionary Mary Slessor (1848–1915), whose pioneering work in Calabar, Nigeria, remains an inspiration. She will be celebrated by the Church of Scotland and the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria for her success in promoting women’s rights, education, health care, and the gospel as she attentively accompanied all whom she encountered.
Leaving Dundee for Calabar in 1876, Slessor found herself in a land steeped in superstition; however, by immersing herself in the local culture, she was able to effect great and lasting change. Renowned for bringing an end to the ritual murder of twins, Slessor also pioneered the rights of Nigerian women. She worked to free them from degradation and exploitation by encouraging economic independence as the first step toward social and political equality.
Today, the Church of Scotland is committed to addressing violence against women, with its 2013 General Assembly instructing the World Mission Council to continue to work with partner churches to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls. The Church of Scotland and global partner the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria seek to empower women through education and mass mobilization, so that they are confident to engage in all aspects of Nigerian life. Female ministers and session clerks are not uncommon, and women are often found in prominent roles in the financial and education sectors, which remains unusual in wider Africa.
—Ian Alexander, council secretary, World Mission Council, Church of Scotland
Let us join in prayer for:
Church of Scotland: Rev. John Chalmers, principal clerk • Churches Together in Britain and Ireland: Rev. Robert Fyffe, general secretary • Iona Community: Rev. Peter McDonald, leader
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Thank you, Lord, for the progress that has been made in preventing violence against women. Help us to continue educating women and freeing them from oppression. Amen.