Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge
community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!
This week's reflection is the last public message of Rev. John Stott,
which he gave at a recent Christian convention. Retiring from his many
years of ministry, the now 86-year old Micah Challenge patron reflects
on what God's purpose is for his people.
'I want to share with you where my mind has come to rest, as I approach
the end of my pilgrimage on earth, and it is: God wants his people to
become like Christ. Christ-likeness is the will of God for the people of
He bases his reflection on Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:18 and 1 John 3:2.
'Why is it, you must have asked, as I have, that in many situations our
evangelistic efforts are often fraught with failure? Several reasons may
be given, and I do not want to over-simplify, but one main reason is
that we don't look like the Christ we are proclaiming.'
Let us pray:
§ That we can look like the Christ we are proclaiming! As Rev.
John Stott says, this is attainable if the Holy Spirit is dwelling
within us, so we pray that we will be open to the guidance and
correction of the Holy Spirit.
§ For the Global Leaders Forum in the USA on October 11-12, 2007
which is being hosted by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)
and Micah Challenge USA.
Please pray for good outcomes of the Forum:
o That global poverty will become part of the agenda of US
o That the intention of US political leaders to achieve the
Millennium Development Goals will be strengthened due to increased
pressure from the important evangelical constituency, especially in the
run-up to the Presidential elections.
o That Micah Challenge USA and other Civil Society groups can
build on the awareness raised
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
'Gains in many areas of infectious disease control are seriously
jeopardized by the spread of antimicrobial resistance, with extensively
drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) now a cause of great concern. Drug
resistance is also evident in diarrhoeal diseases, hospital-acquired
infections, malaria, meningitis, respiratory tract infections, and
sexually transmitted infections, and is emerging in HIV.'
Source: The World Health Report 2007, WHO
Yours in Christ,
Regine and Michael
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