Micah Challenge Prayer, January 19, 2007

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Welcome! We hope you will enjoy using these reflections with us!


Can the rich be saved?

This weeks' reflection is trying to answer this question by looking at the story of Zacchaeus; it is taken from the new African Bible Commentary which is written by African Theologians and produced in Africa .

Please reflect on Luke 19:1-10

In the story, Zacchaeus is willing to take up his social responsibility towards his neighbours by sharing his wealth with others. He is no longer viewed as a puppet of the Roman regime, but as a real brother.


Please pray:

§ Let us pray for the rich that the example of Zacchaeus will be repeated many times all over the world.
'Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.' (Proverbs 22:2)

§ We received this news from Erika Izquierdo, Micah Challenge Andean Region Coordinator, this week:

Please pray for and . The countries are going through very difficult times and we’re in ‘ bad days’ for democracy and human rights.

Over the past few weeks innocent Christian farmers were accused of terrorism. It is very easy to target poor people who find it difficult to speak for themselves!

We praise God that through the hard work of human rights organisation 'Peace and Hope' (Micah Challenge founding agency in ) and some good congress people, they were freed.

There are still many tensions as dirty campaign tactics were started against the Commission for Truth and fair treatment for victims of political violence is being denied.

§ Please pray for reconciliation and equality and against poverty- our poverty is not only economic but also moral.

§ Please pray as Micah Challenge joins other Civil Society organisations to speak up for the families of victims of violence.

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 5: Improve maternal health

Target 6: Reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the number of women who die giving birth

'It is estimated that around 529,000 women die each year from maternal causes. And for every woman who dies, approximately 20 more suffer injuries, infection and disabilities in pregnancy or childbirth. This means that at least 10 million women a year incur this type of damage.'

Source: UNICEF, 2006


Yours in Christ,

Regine, Jill and Michael

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