Micah Network Update, March to May 2010

General May 18, 2010

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Letter to members

Dear Friends

It’s been a very exciting first few weeks with Micah Network and my head is buzzing with all that is going on within our network.

I had the privilege of being a part of the Christian Community Development (CCD) Conference that took place in Mosbach, Germany from the 13th - 18th April 2010. During this conference a number of participants asked me the question “what is the added value of being a member of Micah Network?” This is a good question and one I felt it important to reflect on with you now.

  1. Strengthening the capacity of our members (churches, missions, aid agencies, colleges and individuals) to demonstrate God’s heart for the poor and oppressed through their responses, ensuring that good practices are in place.
  2. Deepening commitment to integral mission so that Christians throughout the world are able to speak strongly and effectively regarding the nature of the mission of the church and to proclaim and demonstrate the love of Christ to a world in need.
  3. Stand for justice and mercy through our advocacy commitment, including raising awareness amongst Christians and to support a coordinated and effective response to issues impacting poor and oppressed communities.

Bearing these aims in mind the value of membership can be summarised as:

  • Equipping one another to be the best we can be in our service
  • Cooperating with one another and partnering so as to forward the mission of God
  • Sharing our learning and experiences so as to enrich each others work and effectiveness
  • Encouraging and supporting one another and standing in the gap through prayer and intercession on behalf of one another both for each other and for those we serve
  • Creating the resources that strengthen our effectiveness and ensuring easy access to them
  • Working through our thinking and approaches on cross-cutting issues and on important topics that affect the communities we serve
  • Bringing together the theological perspectives that underpin our actions and aspirations
  • Solidarity – standing together and sharing the responsibility of living out our faith in such a way as to demonstrate Kingdom values as a Royal Priesthood and Holy Nation
  • Networking and communication – the platform created by Micah network through such things as forums, consultations and newsletters, so as to facilitate capacity development, learning, and advocacy
  • Uniting together to forward advocacy issues

I could go on but I hope this outlines some of the reasons that guided you to join Micah Network. There is one I would like to take special note of –the desire to hold one another to account to inspire and encourage one another in our work as together we actively pursue the aims of our network. One of my first priorities in the coming weeks is to explore with you how Micah Network can strengthen our membership commitments, report to one another on how we are doing, be informed more about each others work, pray for one another and build up our capacity to serve effectively.

I welcome feedback and suggestions.

Warm Regards

Sheryl Haw
International Director
Micah Network

Reminder: thanks in advance for sending your membership contributions for 2010.

 

Praying For Change

prayingforchange.com is a new prayer initiative to equip people to pray intelligently for issues of justice and compassion. Together we want to seek our God of justice and ask for mercy, for light instead of darkness, for hope instead of despair in the relationships and places that are in need.

The central idea is to provide prayer requests form the frontline so that people can ‘present their requests to God’. We understand that prayer is about more than just a list of things that we bring to God. However, we believe that as part of our relationship with God we should pray specifically and appropriately about the needs of His people, the world and His mission.

The idea is for a simple website that is organized by easy to search topics to enable anyone to pray for a particular issue, or region and to allow for a prayer network to respond to urgent prayer requests.

We hope to launch this new website in June 2010 and we would love you to join with us and be part of this prayer network.

This is a free service and only requires the time it takes to share your prayer needs

So here’s how you can be involved:

 

  • Join with us by becoming a prayer partner whereby either you share your prayer needs with others through a simple process or permit us to feature your prayer items.
  • Join with us in this prayer initiative and help us spread the news about this new prayer initiative by putting a link to prayingforchange.com on your website.

Here’s how you can respond:

  1. Yes definitely count us in! Send us more details about how our prayer materials can be used to inspire prayer.
  2. Maybe at a later stage. Please keep us updated with how things are going.
  3. No thanks. God bless you in your work.

For those who respond with yes or maybe the next steps will be to work out how this can technically fit together.

Please do email [email protected] with the contact details of the right person to contact for more prayer information.

We would value hearing back from each of you by Tuesday 18th May 2010 as this gives us time to co-ordinate the prayer news before our launch in June.

We look forward to hearing from you.

David Westlake and Sara Kandiah
Tearfund UK.

www.prayingforchange.com

 

Global CHE Network: Empowering Organizations for Effective Community Health Evangelism (CHE) Ministries

What is CHE?

Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is a holistic ministry strategy that seamlessly integrates evangelism, discipleship, and church planting with community health and development. CHE workers strive to obey everything that Jesus commanded, including both the great commission and the great commandment. Through CHE ministries, people become followers of Jesus, and whole communities are lifted out of cycles of poverty and disease.

The purpose of CHE work is not just breaking poverty or planting churches, though both are accomplished. The purpose of CHE work is a transformation in lives and communities that is as deep as the human heart, and as broad as the whole range of the human experience in the world God made. Through our work, Jesus is recognized as Lord over all creation, and our development activities bring glory to God by reflecting the depth and breadth of His Kingdom plan.

CHE ministers trust God to transform beliefs and change behaviour so that his peace, justice, compassion, and righteousness are reflected in the life of the communities they serve.

Link to Find out More: www.chenetwork.org

 

Events in Europe

Christian Community Development (CCD) Conference: April 2010

Picture: Prof Johannes Reimer

The CCD Network was set up in 2003 with a vision of creating a platform for missionaries, aid workers, students and local churches to have the opportunity to network, discuss and learn about the theory and practice of holistic community development. The CCD is currently under the auspices of the German Association of Evangelical Missions (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Evangelikaler Missionen) and supported by a group of missions and Christian Aid Agencies.

The Theme for the April 2010 Conference was Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation.

Over the five days the following topics were covered.

Day One:The Root of Conflict and Broken Relations: Exploring how our individual and corporate broken relationship with God impacts all we do

Day Two:Conflict Amongst Communities: exploring how we need to be a Holy Nation amongst our communities and all that entails

Day Three:Conflict with our own Identify: exploring our identify as the Church and what roles we can / should have in society

Day Four:Living in Conflict with Creation: exploring our responsibilities to and for the world around us, evidenced in how we live our lives

Day Five:Conflict Amongst Churches and Teams: exploring how we function as a body and what we need to improve on as we transform into a missional church

The plenary sessions were led by Professor Johannes Reimer and Roy Hange, with five tracks being run in the afternoons covering topics such as:

Track One and Two: Fundamentals of Christian Community Development

Track Four: Working where conflict may be an issue: Conflict sensitive design and management interventions (Do No harm Approach)

Track Five: Addressing Conflict; designing and managing interventions that deal with conflicts

Track Six: Missional Ecclesiology meets Holistic Ministry.

For those who did not make it to this amazing conference, don’t despair! A CD is available with the plenary sessions recorded and with the materials produced in the tracks: Go to:www.ccdnetwork.de/ for information on how to get hold of this.

CCD will hold their next Conference from 23rd - 28th April 2012 , at the Christian Conference Centre Schönblick in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

Micah network is pleased to be a part of the planning team for this Conference.

 

A Passion for Mission: 15th June 2010 - London

Passion for Mission

The fifth annual A Passion for Mission will take place on Tuesday 15th June 2010 at the Chinese Church in Hammersmith, London. This year the topic will be social justice in the context of global mission. The title Just Mission is drawn from – “as the Father has sent me…” When Jesus quoted Isaiah 61, he suggested that social justice was an essential aspect of God’s mission.

The afternoon will include a discussion on how social justice concerns should compliment evangelism and social action. Examples of how involvement in social justice has dramatically changed one agency and a church will be shared. The question is raised about whether our commitment to mission can ignore or overlook the need to transform the unjust structures of societies in the areas where we work. Joel Edwards, of Micah Challenge will be the evening speaker.

 

Edinburgh 2010: 2 - 6 June

Edinburgh

A historic gathering from across the globe will take place in Scotland’s capital this year in June. Participants will be drawn from 250 mission leaders from the Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, including Archbishop, Dr John Sentamu, who will deliver the keynote address.

This five-day international, multi-denominations summit, which commemorates the 1910 World Missionary Conference, seeks to reflect on and work out a common vision for mission in the 21st Century. The last day of the summit is open to visitors to join in the worship.

For further information and to join in the discussions go to www.edinburgh2010.org

 

HIV and the 3rd Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation

Some of us in the Micah Network are involved in discussions about how the 3rd Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation (which will be held in Cape Town later this year) will address HIV as an issue identified as important to the witness and future of the Church.

During the course of the planning of dialogue sessions specifically about HIV for the Congress, Sundar made an astute observation that resonated with others in the planning discussion. This point that resonated was “we now appear to be in project mode. We view issues of HIV as a need that must be addressed but requiring special resources.” This observation raises an important question about how do we practice integral mission in HIV epidemics.

The draft agenda of the Cape Town meeting indicates a host of issues which are relevant to HIV and mission, including children, men and women, sexuality, technology and our human future, other faiths, partnership, poverty and wealth, identity and culture, to name just a few. As we seek to discern the leading of God in relation to how to approach HIV in this international gathering focused on Christian mission, we may be sensing that the subject of HIV should not be treated as a specialist issue, but a context of mission and church. It cuts across the breadth of issues slated to be discussed at the meeting.

If you are a delegate to the Lausanne Congress on World evangelization and would like to discuss how the planning discussions or the Micah Network HIV Forum may support your own participation in the congress, or the development of useful resources related to areas of interest to you, please contact Greg Manning at [email protected]

 

 

Micah Challenge: 10.10.10

Micah 2010 is a special campaign to focus on our promise to the poor, ten years after nations around the world committed to halve global poverty by 2015. It is now 6 months before 10.10.10 (the 10th October 2010).

All they asked was that we should remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do." Galatians 2:10

News

  1. It's now less than six months till 10.10.10. We hope and pray that many churches and groups you contact will be excited by the possibility of joining with 100 million in prayer and 10 million in promise, and that around the world we will influence over 1000 politicians to "remember the poor".
  2. We have our first photos of handprints made at an event in Portugal. If you have any stories and photos PLEASE send them to Vikki or Amanda so we can upload them.

Things you can do to help 100 million Christians take spiritual and practical action

  1. Download: We now have web banners for you to use on your website. The banners (only in English) link to the international Micah 2010 site and can show you are part of the global day on 10.10.10.
  2. Check: all the resources on the website including prayer and action resources for the day and special resources for children. NEW this week are prayer resources for women (in English,German, French and Spanish and a 60 second youth dvd (in English)
  3. The 10.10.10 three minute dvd is now available in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Italian. It could be a great way to explain 10.10.10 and enthuse your teams to be part of it.
  4. If your organisation would like to be involved in meeting with politicians, we'd love to talk over the possibilities. We want to be prayerful, positive and prophetic in our call for action to meet our promise to halve global poverty by 2015. We have only 5 years remaining after 10.10.10 so it is an urgent task.
  5. With continuing prayers for you all that you may have the strength to share "abundant life" with many people.
    Kind regards,
    Amanda

    Amanda Jackson
    Campaign Coordinator
    Micah Challenge International
    Telephone: +44 (0)207 367 6571
    E-mail:[email protected]
    Website:micahchallenge.org micah2010.org

 

Asia Regional Coordinating Group

The Asia Regional Co-ordinating Group met over April 23 and 24 at Kathmandu. Roshan Mendis, the new chairperson of the region headed the meeting. Other than regular meeting proceedings, the Group gave most of its time to planning the Asia-Pacific Consultation on Stewardship in Integral Mission to be held during September 27 – October 1 in Cha’am in Thailand. The new International Director – Sheryl Haw who could not travel to Nepal due to the disruption in flights from Europe sent her report with many thoughts about taking the Network forward. These were also considered particularly in relation to Asia.

 

Good Governance Workshop – 24-28 April 2010

Twenty four participants from 6 countries attended the Workshop on Governance for Christian Agencies in the Asia Pacific region. The Workshop considered the uniqueness of Christian governance, the whys, hows and who of governance. Jame Lewis and Sanjay Patra facilitated the Workshop through a combination of inputs and exercises in groups, with lots of humour and stories. Jame and Sanjay, both of whom had extensive experience in governance of agencies across Asia are also closely associated with Micah Network’s Governance Project. Each day began with a voluntary time of prayer. Next was devotions led by participants. Together, they considered Micah 6:8 and its implications for governance of agencies. Two evening sessions were on integral mission and a time of prayer for the leadership of agencies. The Workshop was held at Godavari Village Resort on the outskirts of Katmandu.

 

People in Aid


Humanitarian HR Conference 26th May 2010 – Mombasa, Kenya Topic: Talent Management and diversity

People In Aid in association with IAWG are hosting a conference / workshop on Talent Management and Diversity Conference. A 2 ½ day event for HR professionals and managers engaged in or influencing the resourcing, development and retention of workforce in humanitarian NGOs.

People in Aid are not a member of Micah Network. Over the last few years they have developed a code of practice for Human Resource management (www.peopleinaid.org) which our members may find useful. This conference will be an opportunity for HR staff to meet peers and develop their understanding on current HR management.

Tearfund UK produce a guide to HR management in their Roots Series: no. 12 (http://tilz.tearfund.org/Publications/ROOTS/)

 

Newsletter Content and Prayer Points

Newsletter Content

The Micah Network newsletters are an opportunity for members to share news of what they are doing, up and coming workshops or conferences, raise an issue or topic for discussion, report on an event – etc. Please do engage and send your contribution to [email protected] with a photo where possible. Length – maximum 300-400 words.

If you are having problem accessing the Newsletter please let us know.

Prayer Points

We encourage all our members to contribute to the weekly prayer update. Please email any requests for prayer by each Thursday to Steve Bradbury at [email protected]

“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:15-19

Please use Paul’s prayer as an aid to be praying for one another in the Micah Network in the month ahead.