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Micah Challenge Prayer and Reflection, Friday, September 12, 2008

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Reflection

‘TV has made us into monsters’ is the title of the attached picture of London artist Banksy.

It shows graphically how Christians in the Global North can too easily ignore poverty issues if they are delivered on TV.

In our world of mass media we are bombarded with people’s needs from all around the world. How can we avoid turning a blind eye to them?

In Matthew 20:29-34 we read of Jesus’ healing of two blind men. The bible says that Jesus ‘had compassion on them’ and then helped them.

As a result of Jesus’ actions the men followed Jesus and praised God; so did all the people who had witnessed the scene.


Prayer

Let us pray:

  • Lord, we pray for compassionate hearts so that we can respond to needs close by but also globally. We also pray that we will use our resources wisely and generously.
  • We pray for Micah Challenge Haiti. Valery Vital-Herne, the coordinator of MC Haiti writes:

    ‘As you may know the situation is terrible in Haiti. About 8/10 departments had severe floods. We are still counting the dead. The Minister of Finance has estimated the destruction to more than 10 billion US dollars. We were in harvest time, so no need to tell you how great the lost is. There are about one million stricken people. The main roads and bridges leading to the most affected departments are destroyed. So relief is delayed.

    After 3 hurricanes (Fay, Gustav, Hanna), people are waiting to see if Josephine will hit Haiti.

    Please pray for God’s intervention in this situation. Pray also for the church to be courageous and be the heart, hand, feet of Christ to express love and compassion to the most afflicted.’
  • Reflecting on the statistic below: we pray for the Asia-Pacific region, which encompasses half of the world’s population.

    We pray particularly for China and India where, despite considerable economic growth in the past years, child mortality is still unacceptably high.

    We pray for good and just political leaders who will ensure better distribution of wealth so that health care services in poor regions can be funded adequately.

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

‘Between 1970 and 1990, Asia-Pacific as a whole managed to reduce its annual number of under-five deaths from 10.5 million to 6.7 million.

Despite these attainments, major challenges for child and maternal survival remain. Asia-Pacific’s absolute numbers of child deaths, though falling, remain high… Worldwide, of the 9.7 million children who died before their fifth birthday in 2006, more than 40 per cent were from this region. Of the six countries accounting for half of all deaths of children under age five worldwide, three are in the Asia-Pacific region: China, India and Pakistan. India alone accounts for one fifth of under-five deaths worldwide, with 2.1 million in 2006.’

Source: The State of Asia-Pacific’s Children 2008, UNICEF, May 2008

http://www.unicef.org/publications/files/SOAPC_2008_080408.pdf

Yours in Christ,

Regine and MC team


Please view all the Friday Prayer statistics we’ve used to date at Index of Millennium Development Goal Statistics.xls


Please see Index of Reflections on Integral Mission.xls


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