Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, Friday June 13, 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!


"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day….Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

‘On an international scale, this poignant proverb has moved hearts, opened wallets and enjoyed widespread popularity in relief and development literature.’ Says Pam Wilson from Operation Mercy.

But are the inherent assumptions this little proverb carries helpful and correct?

After having read the 10 assumptions that Pam raises we may be very hesitant to use the above proverb again - or only with considerable explanation!

The biblical book of Nehemia could be seen as an account of a development project. In Nehemia 2: 11-20 we learn of Nehemia’s needs and risk assessment and strategic plan. Chapter 3 is the beautiful picture of all people working together towards the completion of their building project.

‘The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding…’ Nehemia 2:20


Let us pray:

For wisdom and insight for development practitioners around the world as they seek to implement programs that build people up rather than create additional dependencies.

Please pray for Micah Challenge National campaigns around the world as they plan for the two major campaign mobilization activities this year.
* UN Heads of State Summit on the MDGs on 25 September. At this stage, please pray particularly, that the Heads of State plan to attend the summit. This will likely encourage a renewed commitment to achieving the MDGs in their country.
* Micah Sunday and ‘Stand up Take Action’ on 17-19 October.

Reflection on the recent HIV/ AIDS statistics below, we pray for good national leadership as policies on HIV are implemented and expanded and for adequate allocation of funds in the national budgets to accomplish the policies.


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 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Target 7: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS

‘Since 2006, progress in the response to HIV is evident in many regions, reflecting a return on the substantial investments made to date. However, progress is uneven and the expansion of the epidemic itself is often outstripping the pace at which services are being brought to scale. In 2007, the number of new HIV infections was 2.5 times higher than the increase in the number of people receiving antiretrovirals.’

Source: UN Secretary General report on HIV/ AIDS, 10 June 2008

Please see pages 2-4 for very useful key findings and recommendations.

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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