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THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER BEGAN
burden for a day of prayer came in 1887 from Mrs Darwin R James, then
president of the Women's Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian
Church (in the USA). She sent out a call for a national day of prayers,
asking particularly for a "prayer chain". In 1890 two Baptist
women visiting the Far East saw a great need for the salvation of women
in that part of the world. Upon their return to the United States, they
established a day of united prayer for foreign missions. By 1919 these
two national days of prayer were combined into one and it focused on
missionary work. A committee composed of representatives from inter-
denominational home and foreign missions planned and promoted the day,
and it became known as "World Day of Prayer for Missions".
By 1927 the name of the day became simply "World Day of Prayer".