Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!
What have a Sunday morning service in a cathedral and a State of the Union address in the USA in common?
Jim Wallis reflects in a recent blog about people with power and influence- and how social movements begin.
‘History suggests that change doesn't start inside the beltway, inside our chambers of power, inside the heads of politicians. Change begins outside Washington, D.C., in the hearts and minds of those who first experience society's brokenness, envision a different future, and then bet their lives on a new vision.’
The apostle Paul urges us in Romans 12:1-8 to not conform to the pattern of this world which often favors the powerful, but instead ‘delight in weakness’ as quoted in 2.Cor 12:10.
Let us pray:
* Jim Wallis says ‘change begins with us and that’s what changes big things’: we pray for vision and perseverance for ourselves to keep striving for God’s Kingdom to come.
* Today we are asking you to pray with our Micah Challenge family worldwide. Very sadly, Fidelis Wainaina, international Board member of Micah Challenge, passed away after a short illness. She was a remarkable woman who served her fellow Kenyans faithfully and with a particular concern for the most vulnerable. But she was also brave enough to share her grass roots experience at the Global Leaders Forum in the US in October 07 where she addressed the powerful of this world, including the Secretary General of the United Nations.
Please pray for:
Fidelis’ family as they grieve the sudden loss of their daughter and sister and prepare for the funeral which will take place on Saturday.
MICH, the project that Fidelis founded and led which supports orphans and street children at risk.
More information on Fidelis’ life will soon be available on the Micah Challenge website. Micah Challenge USA Co-Chair Adam Phillips remembers time spent with Fidelis in October last year.
* The report from which the statistic below is taken shows that simple and affordable measures have been effective in saving the lives of many children under five. We pray for many more “saints” in Sub-Saharan Africa who, like Fidelis, will use their expertise to serve their communities.
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 4: Reduce child mortality
Target 5: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the number of children 5 years old or younger who die from preventable illnesses.
‘Nowhere is the need for life-saving strategies more apparent than in sub-Saharan Africa where, on average, one child in every six dies before their fifth birthday. In 2006, almost half of all under-five deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa, even though less than one quarter of the world’s children live there.’
Source: State of the world’s Children 2008, UNICEF
Yours in Christ,
Regine and MC team
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