Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!
‘In this world full of categorisation and constructed identities of caste, ethnicity, language and status, can we sacrifice the basis of all our inherited identities so that we may become a blessing to all?’ asks Rev Ebenezer Joseph.
Using the example of God’s calls to Abraham and the apostle Paul we learn that people have to leave their given identities behind in order to be a blessing to the nations.
Please reflect on Genesis 12: 1-3 and Galatians 3:28-29; 5:1.
‘In Christ's family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ's family, then you are Abraham's famous "descendant," heirs according to the covenant promises.
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.’
(Galatians 3:28-29 and 5:1– The Message)
Let us pray:
• That we can truly be ‘Christ’s family’ as the apostle Paul explains in Galatians.
• For all the Micah Challenge campaigns across the world. We are now represented in 39 countries and would love to demonstrate the world wide family of Christ!
o Please pray that each national Micah Challenge campaign will exemplify Christ’s freedom in their coalition building, crossing denominational, ethnic, language and status barriers.
o We give thanks for real sharing between National campaigns in the Global South and North and across language and geographical borders.
• Reflecting on the news report below: Lord, we pray for patients with TB for which no suitable drugs are available.
We pray for public health personnel, doctors and nurses who manage the drugs and the quality control of TB treatment.
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 8: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases
Indicator 23: Prevalence and death rates associated with tuberculosis
‘Each year, 424,000 people develop MDR-TB, a form of TB that does not respond to the standard treatment. It emerges when there is mismanagement of drugs and under investment in quality TB control. It can also be spread from one person to another.
Source: Report: Anti-tuberculosis drug resistance in the world, WHO 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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