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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, Friday June 6, 2008

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Reflection


‘Our current political crisis is obviously not going to be solved by the usual tools with which we engage the powers. As with much of our life these days, we are stumped, baffled by all the technological changes around us side by side with the persistence of ancient wrongs that would not yield to all our efforts at social engineering.

That’s the conclusion that Dr Melba Maggay draws on the situation in the Philippines. She continues to ask:

‘As people of God, what does the Lord require of us in a time such as this?’

The prophet Micah answered with ‘peasant bluntness’ to the same question that was asked by the people of Israel in similar times as ours in Micah 6: 1-8.

‘There is no divorce between concern for justice and personal righteousness, governance and giving, liberation and loving acts of mercy…..Most of all, we walk with God, who is the source of all life and meaning. Without him, we become mere activists who degenerate into judge and executioner of those who don’t happen to fit our ideal social order, or mere social workers who get burnt out by do-gooding. Again and again, we need to ask: ‘where does the power come from?’ Is the force coming from a hard driven-ness or the Spirit’s gentle wind beneath our wings?’


Prayer

Let us pray:

  • That we may not be, as Melba writes, ‘mere activists’ but be driven by the Spirit of God in our actions.

  • For Micah Challenge Malawi; Lloyd Mtalimanja, the coordinator of MC Malawi writes:

‘Please pray for Malawi and some crucial discussions between the ruling party and the opposition which now holds the majority since many ruling party members changed parties since the General election in 2004. The national budget needs to be agreed but there are many complicated issues that hold this up.

Needless to say, the poor are the ones who bear the blunt of such kinds of situations as described above. Kindly join the nation of Malawi as we pray for the MP's to always be mindful of the people they claim to be representing whenever issues like these arise.’

  • For the participation of Micah Challenge France at the 'Salon des Solidarités', a conference of NGOs and Civil Society with 20,000 visitors expected this weekend. MC France is mobilizing people to sign a “I am hungry for justice 0.7%” paper plate all of which will be presented to the French Minister of International Development at the end of the conference.
    • Please pray for good and active participation of the conference visitors.

  • Reflecting on the worrying statistic below regarding the growing world food crisis, we pray that:
    • The decisions made at the FAO summit in Rome will bring quick relief to countries where high food prices have already caused riots.
    • Resources for safety net programs and seeds and fertilizers will be made available and the export bans lifted.

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.

MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Target 2: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

‘Two billion people across the world are struggling with high food prices, and 100 million extra people in poor countries may be pushed into poverty by the crisis.’

Source: World Bank, 3 June 2008

(World Bank president Zoellick at emergency talks on the global food crisis called by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, 2-5 June)

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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