Naima and Hero are both mothers living in Iraq. In a country where many do not value women as equal to men, life can be hard.
Hero lives with her young son in a shelter for women escaping domestic violence, run by our partner, ASUDA.
Naima’s son, Diyari, is disabled. Until recently, she had to carry him anywhere he needed to go. Life has been made easier for her since our partner, REACH, gave Diyari a wheelchair.
Bring Naima and Hero's stories alive in your church with our complete Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day) package...
This year our Mothering Sunday church materials reflect on shelter, protection and hope. All of these are at risk in Iraq - where young mother Hero is sheltering in a refuge - all of which our partner, ASUDA, aims to provide and all of which we look to receive in God. Our sermon notes consider Bible texts that relate stories of vulnerability and offer us shelter and protection in God’s promise of life.
Mothering Sunday sermon notes (PDF, 0.5mb)
Welsh version: Mothering Sunday sermon notes (PDF, 0.5mb)
For use in conjunction with the Lightening the load presentation. A focus on Naima from Iraq who, as well as coping with the usual worries mothers have about their children, must also deal with issues such as inequality and where to find enough water for the community. Includes suggested activities for children's groups.
Mothering Sunday all-age talk (PDF, 0.6mb)
Welsh version: Mothering Sunday all-age talk (PDF, 0.6mb)
Lightening the load presentation
A photographic Powerpoint slideshow for use with the all-age talk (see above), focusing on Naima, a mother from Iraq, and her disabled son, Diyari.
Mothering Sunday presentation (PPT, 2.5mb)
Welsh version: Mothering Sunday presentation (PPT, 2.5mb)
Prayers for use in a Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day) service.
Mothering Sunday prayers (PDF, 0.5mb)
Welsh version: Mothering Sunday prayers (PDF, 0.5mb)
Designed especially to be used during a church service, this slideshow features a prayer by Nancy Somerville along with images of mothers and children from around the world.
Download the reflective slideshow (YouSendIt) (13mb)