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What is the role of the church in Asia in the context of economic crises, political turmoil, religious and ethnic conflicts and numerous natural disasters?
How is the "ecclesia" of Jesus Christ going to face these challenges in these end-times, and be the "salt" and "light" and God's agent to reconcile the Asian community with God and bring peace and transformation through the Gospel?
Despite seeing many challenges, Rev Wong Kim Kong from the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship in Malaysia, also sees many opportunities and offers six suggestions how the church in Asia can fulfill Christ’s Great Commission.
Please reflect on 1 Chronicles 12, a picture of people ready to take the challenge which Rev Wong uses to encourage the church in Asia.
‘…men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do’ (1. Chronicles, 12: 32)
Let us pray:
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 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
‘Since this region is home to 61 per cent of world population the number of those affected is often large….For example, Asia and the Pacific accounts for 75 per cent of the world’s rural population and 63 per cent of the urban population who do not have access to safe sanitation – 1.9 billion in total. We also have quite high shares of people suffering from TB and of underweight children. In addition despite the region’s success in reducing poverty we still have 641 million people living on less than $1 per day.
Source: Report: The Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific 2007, United Nations
Yours in Christ,Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day
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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