Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge
community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!
What would a first century Roman journalist discover when researching the
newly emerging Christian church? Probably a phenomenon new in society - the
surprising mixing of people from different parts of society, says Beulah Wood.
The reflection is the first part of a bible study. It weaves the stories of
Mary, Philip the Evangelist, Cornelius the Roman military man, and other
figures known to us from the book of Acts, into a story of a remarkable new
way of living together.
'You start thinking there is something amazing happening in homes, prompted by
the householders. Given the racial makeup and religious pluralism of this
city, Caesarea, accepting racial diversity in churches was vital.
This is all happening in homes, the place of the family, and highly diverse
people are treating one another as family members. This is a new teaching. It
is not merely that people are saying Jesus taught how to be free of one's
sins. This is a new way of living - treating people you would never normally
even talk to as if they are brothers and sisters. You start asking these
Christ-believers what their founder taught about family, and it amazes you.'
Based on the reflection above, please read Acts 12: 12-17 and imagine the
diverse group of people meeting in the house of Mary, the 'prayer host', and
the impact that this small gathering of people had on their society.
Let us pray:
§ That our churches can mirror real fellowship as demonstrated to us
by the first century Christians.
§ For the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 23-25
November 2007 in Kampala, Uganda.
o Please pray for Micah Challenge Uganda as they seek to speak
prophetically into the political leaders' gathering and mobilise churches to
pray that wise and just decisions will be made.
§ For the General election in Australia 24 November 07.
o We praise God that through awareness-raising of Micah Challenge
Australia and other Civil Society organisations, poverty has become an
o Please pray that the newly-elected government will seek to act justly
on global poverty issues.
§ Reflecting on the statistic below: Lord, we can't imagine how we
could live on 50 cents a day.
We don't know how to pray but to ask you to have mercy on these 162 million
people living in ultra poverty.
Lord, help us to be aware of how our lives impact those of others.
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 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target 1: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income
is less than one dollar a day
'Of the 969 million people living on less than $1 a day in 2004, half were
subjacent poor, one-third were medial poor, and about 17 percent were ultra
poor. Approximately 162 million people worldwide are ultra poor, living on
less than 50 cents a day.'
Source: Report The World's Most Deprived, International Food Policy Research
Institute, November 2007
Yours in Christ,
Regine and Michael
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