Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!
The apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:18-27 that creation is waiting in ‘eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed’ (v.19).
‘Isn’t that us? asks Kendra Langdon Juskus. ‘Doesn’t Paul say, several verses earlier in Romans 8:14-17, “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God”?’
She continues: ‘sometimes I think we underestimate the power of this privilege. Now that we are God’s children, filled with his Spirit, we are empowered to start living in his hope of resurrection and renewal—not just by what we say and do and think, and not just by who we share his Gospel with, but by how we live as a part of his creation.
Let us pray:
· That the present increased attention of the international community will bring about strong commitments to help solve this lengthy civil war in which an estimated three million people died, mostly through starvation and disease.
· For the over 1 million displaced men, women and children as they are threatened by atrocities against civilians, in particular mass rape. Many are likely to be caught up in the fighting while trying to hide in the region’s hills.
· That aid agencies will be able to provide safe shelter and food.
· For Micah Challenge campaigns in the DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi as they seek to work together for the good of their region.
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
Target 12: Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
(Includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction – both nationally and internationally)
‘At least 22 of the 34 countries least likely to achieve the MDGs are in the midst of – or emerging from – conflict. By 2010, half of the world’s poorest people could be living in states that are experiencing violent conflict or are at risk of it.’
‘Irresponsible arms transfers force up defence spending in developing countries and divert resources that could otherwise fund education, health care, and social development. The obscure and unaccountable practices involved in many arms sales also increase the risk of corruption and wasteful expenditure, costing developing countries millions of dollars more.’
Source: Report ‘Shooting Down the MDGs’, Oxfam International, October 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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