Prayer and Reflection
Friday August 25, 2006
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‘Justice is part of the character of God’, says CB Samuel from Micah Challenge
Please reflect on Isaiah 11:1-5 and Isaiah 5:16 which are part of Isaiah’s ‘servant songs’ and build the foundation for CB’s discussion.
‘ When a person with HIV loses his job; has no house to live because nobody will take him in or his/her children are thrown out of school then the church in India should be there to stand with them and to create an environment of justice. When people do not have enough to eat, when people sell their children to survive, the church should be the one to establish an environment of justice.’
For ourselves that we can understand what it means that God is just and act accordingly.
– Please pray for wisdom for coordinator Abhishek Gier as he organises these events.
– Please pray that Christians can be at the forefront of advancing social justice in relation to HIV/ AIDS issues (see statistic below).
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 will include each week (see below). We are hoping that you will find this series of statistics a useful reference in preparing presentations.
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDs, Malaria and Other Diseases.
Target 7: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
‘It is important to address the social factors that continue to drive the HIV/ AIDS epidemic, especially the low status of women, homophobia, HIV-related stigma, poverty and inequality. An AIDS response that is not as embedded in advancing social justice as in advancing science is doomed to failure.’
Source: Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Yours in Christ,
Regine, Jill and Michael
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