Micah Challenge Prayer, Friday 17 October 2008

Prayer October 16, 2008


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Reflection

‘We close our eyes, trying to protect ourselves from reality, to protect our heart at any price. Reality is rather ugly. That’s why we prefer to shield our ignorance and to build our own calm on the sand of indifference. On the other hand, many of us open our eyes to reality only to become “consumers” of the unfortunate world we live in. On this level, we human beings act as clients of the horror and misery that the media offers as entertainment.

So what then do we do, surrounded by the world and its unending anguish? Should we open or close our eyes to the news of wars, poverty, climate change or food crisis that flood our daily lives? Jesus offers us an interesting alternative. He invites us to SEE.’

In Luke 10: 25-36 Jesus tells a story promoting mercy and action ‘that does not allow us to pass by the suffering. This mercy does not stop at sensitivity, it is a mercy laden with fruit.’

This excerpt is from the Micah Sunday bible study guide written in Latin America. The guide is divided into three parts and offers a detailed general bible study outline, but also reflections and activity suggestions for a youth meeting and a children’s class.

The guide can be downloaded for free at http://www.micahchallenge.org/english/do/calendar/MicahSunday/

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.

Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development

Target 12: Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system

One key success:

‘The share of developing countries’ export earnings devoted to servicing external debt fell from 12.5 per cent in 2000 to 6.6 per cent in 2006, allowing them to allocate more resources to reducing poverty;’

Greater effort required:

‘International trade negotiations are years behind schedule and any outcome seems likely to fall far short of the initial high hopes for a development-oriented outcome.’

Source: Millennium Development Goals Report, United Nations, September 2008

http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/News.aspx?ArticleId=42


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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