Korean Christian women in Southern California joined women across the globe in prayer for the Philippines, commemorating the World Day of Prayer. These women gathered on March 4 at Oriental Mission Church under the theme, “Am I Being Unfair to You?”

The World Day of Prayer has a 130-year history, and was started in 1887 by Mary Ellen Fairchild James to pray for those who immigrated to the U.S. The day of prayer has grown since then, and organizers now choose one nation to pray for each year. Women from that chosen country write a prayer letter, which is read at all of the gatherings that convene internationally. Those who gather to pray also collect offerings and send them to the selected nation.

This year’s World Day of Prayer focused on the Philippines.

Korean women in Southern California have started gathering to commemorate this day since 1979. Though the World Day of Prayer is marked by the first Friday of March each year, this Southern California gathering takes place on the first Saturday instead.

At this year’s gathering, Rev. Jim-Bob Park, the senior pastor of Oriental Mission Church, shared a message according to the theme of this year’s World Day of Prayer.