Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, August 24, 2007

General August 23, 2007

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Reflection

What aspects should political leaders take pride in when leaders from other countries come to visit their country? asks Lawrence Temfwe from Micah Challenge Zambia after recent visits from political leaders from the USA to his country.

Instead of them seeing ignorance about HIV/AIDS and the effects of malaria, Lawrence would like his country to get a report similar to the one King Solomon received at the visit from the Queen of Sheba as described in 1 Kings 10:1-13.

'The report I have heard in my own country about your achievement and your wisdom is true…How happy your people must be!

How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!

Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness.' (1 Kings 10:6-9).

Prayer

Let us pray:

§ For a willingness of our political leaders to maintain justice and righteousness, not only for the welfare of the citizens of their country, but also globally.

§ For preparations for the grand finale of the Blow the halftime Whistle campaign. Let us pray for

o Micah Challenge Sunday 14 October: over 30 national Micah Challenge campaigns will encourage Christians and churches to mark the end of Halftime! and Kick off! The second half.

o Stand up Speak out against poverty and equality 16-17 October 2007: http://www.standagainstpoverty.org/ Micah Challenge campaigns will participate with Civil Society organisations to remind world leaders of their commitment to the MDGs. Last year more than 23 million people in 87 countries stood up and took action; it was the largest single coordinated mobilisation in the history of the Guinness World Records.

§ Reflecting on the recent statistic below: we continue to lift up to God the many millions of people that are affected, directly or indirectly, by HIV/ AIDS and pray for them in their suffering. We pray particularly for the over 15 million children orphaned because of HIV/AIDS..

We thank God for the many churches and Christian families that have started to care for some of these boys and girls and pray that God will supply all their needs.

We pray for creative and compassionate ideas and plans to respond to this great need.

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 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Target 7: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS

'By the end of 2006, an estimated 39.5 million people worldwide were living with HIV (up from 32.9 million in 2001), mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Globally, 4.3 million people were newly infected with the virus in 2006, with Eastern Asia and the CIS showing the fastest rates of infection. The number of people dying from AIDS has also increased – from 2.2 million in 2001 to 2.9 million in 2006…..

In 2005, an estimated 15.2 million children had lost one or both parents to AIDS, 80 per cent of them in sub-Saharan Africa. By 2010, the figure is likely to rise to more than 20 million. Several countries are making progress in providing a minimum package of services for orphans and vulnerable children, including education, health care, and social welfare and protection. But far more work is needed to provide a humane and comprehensive response to this unprecedented social problem.'

Source: Millennium Development Goals Report 2007, United Nations July 2007

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/mdg2007.pdf

Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

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