Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, February 1, 2008

Prayer February 1, 2008

Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!

Reflection

What is the role of the church in Asia in the context of economic crises, political turmoil, religious and ethnic conflicts and numerous natural disasters?

How is the "ecclesia" of Jesus Christ going to face these challenges in these end-times, and be the "salt" and "light" and God's agent to reconcile the Asian community with God and bring peace and transformation through the Gospel?

Despite seeing many challenges, Rev Wong Kim Kong from the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship in Malaysia, also sees many opportunities and offers six suggestions how the church in Asia can fulfill Christ’s Great Commission.

Please reflect on 1 Chronicles 12, a picture of people ready to take the challenge which Rev Wong uses to encourage the church in Asia.

‘…men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do’ (1. Chronicles, 12: 32)

Prayer

Let us pray:

  • For passion, energy and wisdom for the church in Asia so that it can be a true light and salt in its continent and respond united to challenges accordingly. Please pray that opportunities can be maximized and used for the growth of God’s kingdom.
  • For the Micah Challenge campaigns in Asia and its key facilitators. Please pray for continued vision and wisdom in dealing with Christian leaders from various backgrounds.
  • MC India: for the successful recruitment of a new coordinator and further development of the network of the campaign.
  • MC Philippines: for the coordinator Rev Rey Avante and the various steering group members who have taken on to lead aspects of the campaign.
  • MC Nepal: for Krishna Shakya and Ramesh Khadka as they develop campaign plans for this year.
  • MC Indonesia: for Iskandar Saher as he begins to develop the campaign’s network in a complex country and church context.
  • MC Bangladesh: for Elgin Saha and Nripen Baidya as they seek to engage churches and organizations to come together and lobby their political leaders on the Millennium Development Goals.
  • MC Cambodia: for Uon Seila in the early stages of the establishment of the campaign.

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 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Target 1:

‘Since this region is home to 61 per cent of world population the number of those affected is often large….For example, Asia and the Pacific accounts for 75 per cent of the world’s rural population and 63 per cent of the urban population who do not have access to safe sanitation – 1.9 billion in total. We also have quite high shares of people suffering from TB and of underweight children. In addition despite the region’s success in reducing poverty we still have 641 million people living on less than $1 per day.

Source: Report: The Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific 2007, United Nations

http://www.unescap.org/stat/mdg/03.Executive-summary-MDGreport2007-P1-2.pdf

Yours in Christ,

Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day

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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