Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, April 18, 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!

Please note: The next prayer email will be sent on Friday 9 May 2008. Thank you for your understanding.


Our reflection this week is a song, to the tune of ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’, that focuses around life in a city and how we can worship God in the middle of it. We can offer God our workplaces, cultures, homes and, ultimately, our worship.

‘Lord, we offer you our city, Tow’ring buildings concrete sprawl.Traffic flowing, roaring, noisy, You are Lord above it all.Let us come to meet each other,In the city’s crowded life.Offering you our busy places,You who see the city’s strife.’

We can see in the ministry of the apostle Paul, the importance of large cities with their wide reach to a large group of people from diverse backgrounds. In Acts 18:9-11 we read of God’s encouragement to Paul to continue his work in Corinth, despite all the challenges he faced.


Let us pray:

  • Lord, we offer you our cities, and thank you that you are above all the influences and noise, and yet with us in the midst of it all.
  • Reflecting on the statistic below: we pray for the 35 million men, women, girls and boys that will end up in slums this year alone.

We pray for the strengthening of the capacity of local authorities and civil society so that people can live in a safe environment.

We pray for effective measures for urban crime prevention and good police and justice systems.

  • Please pray for Micah Challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean:
    Micah Challenge coordinators from Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Argentina and Haiti will meet from 18-20 April in Lima, Peru to get to know each other, learn and plan for 2008.
    • Please pray for a fruitful time together and that effective plans can be developed which can be put in practice in each national campaign.
    • Please pray for ‘Worship at its best’ which will take place on 25 April. This event is part of the Micah Network consultation in Lima and aims to enthuse and provide Peruvian church leaders with worship resources that focus on integral mission themes.
  • Please continue to pray for the unstable situation in Zimbabwe.

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 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Target 11: By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers

‘The number of slum dwellers keeps on increasing. An estimated 35 million people, approximately the population of Kenya, are becoming slum dwellers every year. Unless Millennium Development Goal 7 target 11 … is achieved, the number of slum dwellers is projected to reach 1,392 million by 2020.

Source: UN Habitat, Global Report on Human Settlements 2007


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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