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Why did Indian Christians stand up for justice when their human rights as Christians were denied but often but play it safe when other wider issues are at stake? asks Bonnie Miriam Jacob from India.
She says that in most instances in scripture we find leaders such as Moses, Nehemiah and Esther who speak up on behalf of others and not so much just for themselves.
Please reflect on Proverbs 31: 8-9 where we are encouraged to speak up for those whose voice is not heard.
'There is a conscious choice, a choice to be involved and a choice also to actively seek to know the needs of those around us who cannot take up their own. Is God calling me to that?'
Bonnie Miriam Jacob says: 'We have our greatest and most powerful tool of advocacy when we go to God in prayer.' But she also warns us that 'we cannot just hide under prayer and say that it begins and ends there' let us ask God for discernment on how he wants us to get involved.
For Micah Challenge UK as they plan for various events in the next few months but also undergo personnel changes.
o Please pray for wisdom and energy for coordinator Andrew Tanswell and his team as they embark on this busy season.
See statistic below:
o Let us remember these children and speak up for them to God.
o Please pray for those who exploit them and are involved at various levels of these unjust trading systems.
o Let us thank God that the issue has come to the attention of millions through a new Hollywood film and pray that greater justice will ultimately be achieved.
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 8: Develop a global partnership for development (trade/aid/debt)
Target 12: Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system.
'More than a million children in over 50 countries are working in mines, risking injury, death and missing out on education. Not all are digging for diamonds - many find themselves mining gold, silver, copper or cobalt.'
Source: UN News Service IRIN, January 2007
For more info on 'blood diamonds' please see: A Diamond's Journey - Life Near the Mines which includes photo galleries from around the world and lets viewers track a diamond's progress from a lump of rock to a European showroom. It's an eye-opening journey.
Yours in Christ,
Regine, Jill and Michae
Please see a List of Prayer Reflections (excel file)
http://www.micahchallenge.org/downloads.aspx?file=Searchable Friday Prayer Reflection List Jan 12.xls
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