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Micah Challenge Prayer, Friday 26 September 2008

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Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!

The Friday prayer email is early this week. This is to enable us to pray for the UN High-Level Event (HLE) on the Millennium Development Goals in New York, taking place today, 25 September.

Reflection

‘Therefore, we have this against you, brothers and sisters, that along with this powerful announcing of the Gospel, the Church from the United States has not also raised its voice in protest against the injustices that powerful governments and institutions are inflicting on the global South - injustices that afflict the lives and ecosystems of millions of people who, centuries after the proclamation of the Gospel, still have not seen the sweat of their brow turned into bread.’

This is an excerpt of a letter from Christian leaders from the Global South to their brothers and sisters in US churches in this important US election year.

‘We ask you as sisters and brothers, citizens of the wealthiest most powerful nation on earth, to publicly challenge your candidates and political leaders – now and after the elections are over - to lead the world in the struggle to cut global poverty in half by 2015. If you who know the Truth will not speak for us who will?

The Church in the United States has the opportunity today to be faithful to the Hope that it preaches. We urge you to remember that the Hope to which you were called as a messenger demands that you seek first the Kingdom of God and God’s justice.

Out of love for us, the global Church, in holiness, use your citizenship responsibly for the benefit of the entire world; it is for this very reason that the Lord poured out His life on the Cross.’

In 1.Corinthians 10: 23-11:1 the apostle Paul outlines the principle of not causing offence to fellow believers (and unbelievers!) but rather to actively seek the good of others.

Prayer

Let us pray:

  • For the promotion of the ‘Open Pastoral Letter from the Global South’ (see complete letter attached) to churches in the US. It will be used to promote a nationwide, Christian dialogue about global mission and global justice. Churches and pastors are asked to read the letter in their congregations and support us by signing a Micah Challenge USA letter calling on the US presidential candidates to remember the “least of these” in their foreign policies.
    • We give thanks for an increasing awareness and interest of US evangelicals in global poverty issues and pray that this letter will further open people’s minds to global realities within the body of Christ.
    • Please pray for wisdom for the Micah Challenge USA team as they handle enquiries of press and churches.

For more information on this specific campaign of Micah Challenge USA, please click here.

  • The UN High-Level Event (HLE) on the Millennium Development Goals in New York today, 25 SeptemberThe event will be jointly convened by the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly to review progress, identify gaps and motivate commitments to bridge the gaps to ensure that the MDGS are achieved by 2015. It will be a special informal event bringing together Heads of State or Government, as well as leaders of the private sector and civil society. It is clear that a number of major initiatives are likely to be announced, particularly on the food crisis, and malaria control. Whilst these initiatives are good, it is important to call for long-lasting and sustainable solutions to the endemic causes of poverty.

    Please pray that commitments will be made that lead to sustainable solutions to drastically reduce poverty.
  • Reflecting on the press release below: Lord, we realize that promises and commitments often do not lead to action.

    We pray for real political will to put commitments made this week in New York into practice.

    We commit ourselves to not give up holding our political leaders accountable to their promises.



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


Indicator 33: Net ODA, total and to the least developed countries, as percentage of OECD/DAC donors’ gross national income

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged rich countries in New York Monday to honor a pledge to double annual aid to Africa:


“I appeal to all donors to implement the 2005 Gleneagles summit pledge to more than double aid to Africa. It will cost about $72 billion per year in external financing to achieve the MDGs (in Africa) by the 2015 deadline.”

Source: World Bank Press Review, 23 September 2008



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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