First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20. Each year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) selects a theme and coordinates events across the globe.
This year, with the world economic crisis threatening to slash aid budgets and amid enormous global uncertainty, we need to ensure refugees are not forgotten. That's why the theme for this year's World Refugee Day on June 20 is "Real People, Real Needs." – http://www.unhcr.org/
For more information on World Refugee Day 2009, please go to http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c46d.html.
Churches around the world are also encouraged to focus on refugees and refugee related issues by commemorating World Refugee Sunday on June 21 this year.
World Refugee Sunday is an annual event, held on two consecutive Sundays and celebrated by the Refugee Highway Partnership (RHP) in cooperation with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). The event aims to raise awareness and to pray for the situation of refugees around the world – WEA Press Release
For more information on World Refugee Sunday and resource tools designed to bring “wider awareness to churches on refugee issues and increase their participation in supporting and praying for the displaced”, please go to: http://www.refugeehighway.net/ .
In 1987, the UN General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) selects themes for the International Day and launches campaigns to raise awareness about the global drug problem. The theme from 2007 to 2009 is " Do drugs control your life? Your life. Your community. No place for drugs ."
For more information on the international campaign, please go to http://www.unodc.org/drugs/june-26/index.html.
In its recent e-newsletter, Carnegie Council raised a number of key questions on world poverty, and explored each of these through a selection of resources. This is a worthwhile read and can be accessed at this link http://www.cceia.org/resources/picks/0013.html.
The Carnegie Council was established in 1914 to work toward the ideal of world peace, and today it is the premier voice for ethics in international policy. It convenes agenda-setting forums and creates educational opportunities and information resources for a worldwide audience of teachers and students, journalists, international affairs professionals, and concerned citizens.
A new report, Keeping Communities Clean: The Church's Response to Improving Sanitation and Hygiene was launched in May by Tearfund.
This report provides examples of how Tearfund partners are working through and with the local church in addressing the sanitation and hygiene needs of poor people. Five roles have been identified that the church can play and they are illustrated through five case studies from Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
The full report can be downloaded from http://www.tearfund.org/churchsanitation. Please contact Sue at http://[email protected] if you would like to discuss any elements of the work or would like a hard copy.
Issue 29 of Encounters revolves around the lecture on the subject of The Bible and Mission by Revd Dr Chris Wright, International Director of Langham Partnership International.
The lecture explores the idea of missional reading of the Bible, in theory and practice, and includes a number of responses from a variety of contexts with contributions from Malaysia, India, Colombia, the US and the UK. For the full transcript of the lecture, as well as a link to the audio file, please go to http://www.redcliffe.org/standard.asp?id=5687.
Encounters Mission Ezine is a topical mission journal published online every three months by Redcliffe College www.redcliffe.org/encounters .
Members may be interested to know that the Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) is now accepting registrants for its Doctor of Philosophy in Holistic Child Development (Ph.D. in HCD) program set to begin in the Philippines this October 2009.
If you are interested or should you have any queries, kindly email http://[email protected] or http://[email protected] .
For most information on APNTS, please go to http://www.apnts.org/ .
Warm greetings to each and everyone of you.
It is with very real sadness that I have to inform you that we are soon to lose Jane Furniss as our much-loved and respected International Director. Jane has decided, with great reluctance that the time has come for her to step down from this role.
Jane is Micah Network’s first International Director, and has led us for over 5 years. She has brought to this role a unique blend of grace, skill, wisdom and passion, and her capacity for work is simply legendary. I thank God for giving Jane to us, and I know that you will join me in praying for her as she moves on to other opportunities for service.
Jane has very graciously offered to continue to work as our International Director for the next few months until the end of September. The process for this will begin during the Micah International Coordinating Group’s annual planning meeting. We expect to advertise the position immediately after that meeting in July, and all members will be kept fully informed. Please be praying for this entire process.
Another of our staff is soon to complete her time with Micah Network. Anne Liew joined our staff in early 2008 and since late last year took on the extra responsibility as acting International Director for the period of Jane Furniss’ maternity leave. It’s been a joy to have Anne on the staff, and she has proved to be a wonderful asset. We will miss her very much, and wish her God’s blessing in her future work.
It’s always sad when deeply valued and loved colleagues move on to other places and work, but our sadness is sweetened by the gratitude we feel for the way God has used them to enrich our lives.
God bless you.
Chair Micah Network
- Sri Lanka – following the end to the civil war in Sri Lanka, member organisation LEADS Sri Lanka has asked us to pray for:
- the immediate phase of caring for survivors in camps (nutrition, health, better conditions in camps, reunification of families), communication means with relatives outside or permission for visitors, documentation of database of families to be hastened, speedy relocation out of emergency shelters, and management of scarce resources (water sources, firewood for cooking, funds for feeding, special care for the elderly and disabled, release of the elderly to be with relatives)
- the intermediate phase: Funds needed to set these up, use of time for inmates, provision of children's educational needs
- the construction of units for the disabled, required funding shortfalls, and availability of materials to complete the work in a timely manner so that the people with disabilities may move in fast
- the next phase: sound policies for resettlement, fair addressing of grievances that germinated the conflict, pray for goodwill and graciousness to be extended to minorities rather than a “winner takes all” attitude
- a good healthy working environment with the Government and other agencies (unlike the Tsunami), for trust and credibility to be preserved
- sustained funding partnerships that stay with us for the long haul (this might take at least 3 years). Pray for understanding from donors about the ground realities and that they will practice the Tsunami lessons learnt. Work in the East is still ongoing while Tsunami work has just finished
- staff that are engaged in this work (for sustenance, strength, encouragement, rest and trustworthy, committed additional staff). Particularly for health as illnesses such as chicken pox, diarrhea and influenza are very common. Several staff have returned ill from the field
- Africa - An organisation in Kenya sends the following prayer request. Many African countries are suffering from the same issues:
- Isaiah 58:7. Safe housing is only a dream for large numbers of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. For parents with HIV or for child-headed households, who can help them repair their rooves, windows, doors and walls to protect them from the rain and cold of winter? Many homeless children, or children escaping from troubled homes are seeking shelter and protection on the streets. Orphans often have to squeeze themselves into already crowded homes. Let us pray with our African member organisation for God’s people to rally around them and to offer help to repair their homes, and in other cases to provide shelter to those without.
- Isaiah 51:3 & 66:13. In many African cultures it is assumed that children will just eventually get over the loss of their parents, so few receive grief counselling. Yet for most of them, their lives are turned upside down. They often are forced to take on adult responsibilities with little preparation. Let us pray with our African member organisation for bereaved children to find compassionate and godly counsel, and for all the life adjustments they will face. Pray for more training programs and for more volunteers to be trained on appropriate counselling for these orphans and vulnerable children.
- Please pray for the many churches and Christian Organisations in Africa and elsewhere as they seek funding to attend Micah Network’s 4th Triennial Global Consultation in July. Please also pray for those involved in the planning, including the:
- Local Organising Committee based in Kenya
- Logistics team
- Program team, and
- Climate Change Advisory Group
If you would like to contribute to or be added to Micah Network’s weekly prayer update, please contact Angeline Emery ( http://[email protected]).
Thank you very much for your prayers and support.