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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, Friday July 18, 2008

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Reflection

‘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.

Prayer
Let us pray:

  • Lawrence asks us to pray for our political and civil society leaders, that they may ‘provide guidance on how we should live and perform duties in order to profit from the abundant resources God has blessed us with’.
  • Next Thursday, July 24, more than 600 Anglican bishops, their spouses and other faith leaders from around the United Kingdom will march through central London on a Walk of Witness - a symbolic moment of solidarity and coming together for the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals to reflect to the world God's desire for justice and concern for the poor. Please pray for:
    • The Micah Challenge team as they help to organise this event and further participate in specific sessions around global poverty issues at the forthcoming Lambeth conference.
    • A joint statement that will be issued by the Anglican Communion as a call to action towards achieving the MDGs to world leaders gathered at the UN summit in September.
    • The ‘Virtual March for the MDGs’ which is organised by Micah Challenge US steering group member Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation to coincide with the Walk of Witness. The aim is to march virtually by sending emails to Washington, D.C. asking US leaders to share our commitment to the MDGs and halve poverty by 2015.

For more information and to sign up please click here.

  • Reflecting on the statistic below: we praise God for the progress that was made in achieving education for all by 2015. We pray for continued good national policies and a renewed effort of the international community to invest in basic education which will benefit the poorest of the poor.

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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