Micah Challenge Prayer and Reflection
Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge
community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!
This week's reflection looks at two case studies from India and explores
how small NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) can support local
churches in their holistic community outreach.
All that seems to be required of the local church is a strong desire to
uplift their communities and some professional advice, then God produces
a.. 'The church is now known in the community for being very caring.
(The community does not know the NGO; it is just aware of the local
b.. The church has doubled in numbers to 50 in the last three years.
c.. The church is confident and committed to continuing their work,
even if the NGO were to withdraw. They are convinced that it is what
they should be doing!
d.. They have a clear vision for the future: they want to be helping
more people who are dying of AIDS.'
In Matthew 14: 13-21 we are reminded that Jesus can multiply our little
contribution so that it can feed and support a wider community.
Let us pray:
* For courage for our churches to get involved in our
communities and trust that God will use our desire to be available for
God and the community.
* For the Global Leaders Forum
(http://www.yesevents.com/global/) in the USA on October 11-12, 2007
which is hosted by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and
Micah Challenge USA.
- Please pray that the invited key decision-makers from the
Global South and North can help inform the minds and change the hearts
of evangelicals in America.
- We praise God that Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban
Ki-Moon, has accepted the invitation as keynote speaker and pray that
the meeting will help to strengthen the intention of world leaders to
achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
- Please pray for energy and enthusiasm for the various
organisers of this big event and that there will be smooth processing of
visa applications for international guests.
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.
MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target 1: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose
income is less than one dollar a day
'Although the majority of the world is improving economically, income
disparities are still enormous: 2% of the world's richest people own
more than 50% of the world's wealth, while the poorest 50% of people own
1%. And the income of the 225 richest people in the world is equal to
that of the poorest 2.7 billion, 40% of the world.'
Source: 2007 - State of the future, Millennium Project 2007
Yours in Christ,
Regine and Michael