Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, Friday July 18, 2008

Prayer July 17, 2008

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‘If Zambians work like donkeys, why is poverty so rife especially among communities where people work in the morning, at noon and evening?’ asks Lawrence Temfwe from Micah Challenge Zambia, reflecting on a recent article in the national newspaper and a song by a Zambian musician.

One of the reasons, he argues, is the lack of long-term planning: ‘most of our people work that they have food to eat at night.’

In Genesis 41: 25-38 we read of Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream and his recommendation to be good stewards of resources in the years of abundance so to be prepared for the years of famine.

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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: Ensure access to primary schooling for all children

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

‘Primary school enrolment rose from 647 million to 688 million worldwide between 1999 and 2005, increasing by 36% in sub-Saharan Africa and 22% in South and West Asia. As a result, the number of out-of-school children declined, with the pace of this decrease particularly marked after 2002.’

‘The cost of schooling remains a major obstacle to education for millions of children and youth despite the abolition of primary school tuition fees in fourteen countries since 2000.’

‘Illiteracy is receiving minimal political attention and remains a global disgrace, keeping one in five adults (one in four women) on the margins of society.’

‘Aid to basic education in low-income countries more than doubled between 2000 and 2004 but decreased significantly in 2005.’

Source: Education for All by 2015: Will we make It? - Global Monitoring Report 2008, UNESCO, July 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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