Report from World Vision's Women's Prayer Breakfast
In recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1), World Vision hosted the seventh annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast “Women’s Call to Prayer and Action” on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 in New York. Women of Vision National Director Cindy Breilh and partners from the WOV New York City chapter attended. Also attending was Chelsea-Lyn Rudder who shares in the Huffington Post how the breakfast, learning about microcredit and AIDS, and meeting Dr. Tererai Trent, someone she greatly admired, impacted her.
Shares Rudder: “I had the opportunity to experience the power of micro-credit for myself. Held at New York City’s Metropolitan Club, the event brought together women (and a few men) who are committed to addressing key underlying issues in the fight against HIV/AIDS like poverty, women’s empowerment and gender-based violence.
During the breakfast each table took part in a role-play that mirrored the experiences of women in a World Vision ‘Savings Group’ in Zambia. I was assigned the role of Patricia, a 33-year-old mother of six who happened to be the group’s treasurer. True to my personality, I was happy to have a leadership position, even in a completely fictional scenario. I collected dues from our mock savings group and dolled out loans for a home-based muffin shop and a peanut butter business. The role-play exercise helped to cement the fact that the breakfast is more than just another annual event on the social calendar. It is an opportunity to connect with others who are genuinely interested in empowering women and girls domestically and internationally…”