Prayer and Reflection
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'How can we communicate the mystery of development?' asks Jayakumar Christian,
the head of World Vision India.
How do we define poverty? What leads to peoples' transformation? What is the
role of the powerful and the powerless in this process?
'The NGO industry invests a lot in counting and measuring attribution. But our
experience in the field clearly tells us we are a small piece of the picture.
Explaining this to a cause-and-effect-oriented donor base is a huge challenge.
"You can see change, but did we do it, with your money? No." [He laughs.] Yes,
we did one plus two, but the results are sevenfold-we do not know how to
communicate the mystery of development. We can't explain it without the hand
In the light of these big questions please reflect on Romans 8:28. God is in
control and works out everything for good.
Let us pray:
§ Jayakumar Christian writes: 'We who seek to be agents of
transformation are in need of transformation as much as the poor and the
We praise God for the possibility of being transformed and pray that we are
continually open to God's transforming power in our own lives and in the
projects we are involved in.
§ For the launch of the Micah Course of Micah Challenge Netherlands on
2nd November. Thirty church groups have signed up to learn more about integral
mission and the role of the church and each individual to promote the Kingdom
of God in their community.
o Please pray for new and deep insights into the ways God is working.
Pray for the miracle of transformation in individual lives that will affect
their churches and surrounding communities.
§ Please reflect on the statistic below: we praise God for
achievements in greater access to primary education.
We pray particularly for the Finance Ministers of our countries who oversee
the allocation of the national budget, that they may have wisdom and a
willingness to provide for poor and disadvantaged families in their countries.
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
'The pressure to expand secondary education is rising dramatically. Gross
enrolment ratios rose in all developing regions but remain low in sub-Saharan
Africa (30%), South and West Asia (51%) and the Arab States (66%). Low numbers
of secondary places slow the achievement of universal primary education
because they reduce the incentive to complete primary school. At the same
time, increasing demand for secondary education results in competition with
other levels for public expenditure..Domestic spending on education as a share
of GNP decreased between 1999 and 2004 in 41 of the 106 countries with data,
though it increased in most of the others.
Source: EFA Global Monitoring Report 2007, UNESCO 2007
Yours in Christ,
Regine and Michael
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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