Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, April 20, 2007

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


We are reflecting today on the life and vision of the former Archbishop of Uganda, Janani Luwum, one of the 20th century martyrs displayed at Westminster Abbey to represent all those who have died for their struggle for human rights and religious freedom.

Janani Luwum was murdered in 1976 by Idi Amin's dictatorship for his protest against all acts of violence that were allegedly the work of the security Services.

He had a strong vision for reforming the church and its role in society. One of his co-workers testified about him:

"Luwum made it abundantly clear that the Church itself must be educated to move away from its continued dependence on external support, and be able in a reasonable period of time, to contribute equitably to the ecumenical mutual schemes and programmes. So he requested that all incoming students to Mukono Theological College should be taught Development Studies... to broaden the understanding of the future Church workers and leaders in matters of the economy and in factors contributing to economic decline in Africa, and in in particular... Luwum in his thinking was almost two decades ahead of many Church leaders in East Africa ."


Our bible reflection is Hebrews 12: 1-3 which encourages us to persevere in the race marked for us because of the many that have run the same race before us.


Let us pray:

§ Thank God for all our brothers and sisters around the world who boldly and faithfully stand up for religious freedom and human rights. Please pray for their and their families' protection as they do so.

§ For Micah Challenge campaigns in Europe as they plan an International youth prayer camp in Rostock, , 1-3 June.

o Please pray for Daniel Rempe, the coordinator of the 'Micha Initiative' in as he finalizes plans for this meeting where at least 250 young people are expected to attend.

o We hope that it will be a wonderful time of fellowship and speaking up with and for the poor.

§ For the Week of Action of the Global Campaign for Education, 23-29th April 2007

o For Governments in the Global South to demonstrate political commitment by making available adequate domestic financing, reaching the following targets of spending on education to be 6% of GDP and an allocation of 20% of budgets to education.

o For governments of the Global North to ensure that all nations, but especially low-income countries, have support for long-term strategies by providing high-quality, predictable aid, including for recurrent costs.

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 2: Achieve universal primary education

Target 3: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling

§ Seven million cases of HIV/AIDS could be prevented in the next decade if every child received an education.

§ A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive pass the age of 5 years

§ A single year of schooling increases a woman's wages by 10-20%.

Source: Campaign for Education, 2007


Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

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