Micah Challenge Prayer and Reflection, Friday, September 5, 2008

Prayer September 5, 2008


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Thank you for your understanding and patience during our 2 week break.

Reflection

How can the overseas visitors be less on the front stage and more supportive of the local church and its ministry? And how can the focus be less on “doing” and more on “being and learning together”?

The attached article offers some concrete steps towards transformational encounters.

Let us reflect on Ephesians 4:1-16.

‘I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.

You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.

But that doesn't mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift….

He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ's followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ's body, the church, until we're all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God's Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ….

We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other.

(Excerpts of Ephesians 4 from The Message)

Prayer

Let us pray:


Meditate on the Statistics

As you spend time in prayer and reflection, you may like to take a moment to silently understand with your heart the focus statistic we include each week (see below). Our hope is that you will find this series of statistics a useful resource in preparing presentations.
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Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Target 6: Reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the number of women who die giving birth

‘Every week, 10,000 women still die from treatable complications of pregnancy and birth.’

Source: Global Monitoring Report: MDGs and the Environment; World Bank/ IMF, April 2008

Yours in Christ,

Regine and MC team


Please view all the Friday Prayer statistics we’ve used to date at Index of Millennium Development Goal Statistics.xls

Please see Index of Reflections on Integral Mission.xls


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