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‘One of the ways we love our neighbor is to help shape the political decisions that help or harm them. But it is crucial to understand how best we can do that.’
In this week’s reflection, Ron Sider offers nine ways Christians can impact politics:
In Romans 13: 1-10 we are encouraged to be good citizens and pray for our political leaders with the ultimate goal in mind: to love our neighbour.
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 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
‘Pneumonia kills more children than any other illness. More than 2 million children die of pneumonia each year, accounting for 20% of deaths in children under the age of five. And yet, much of the incidence of pneumonia is preventable and treatable…..
New vaccines are becoming available to address many of the diseases threatening children of the developing world. Of prime concern are pneumonia and diarrhoea which together account for 36% of global child deaths.’
‘Immunisation is an engine for child survival and a pillar of public health, with vaccines long being one of its most consistent success stories.’
Source: The GAVI Alliance Progress Report; June 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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