Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, November 30, 2007

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community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!


This week's reflection continues the imaginary first century Roman journalist
researching the newly-emerging Christian church, discovering the Christian
ethos of hospitality.

Beulah Wood wonders 'perhaps there was an advantage in churches being in
homes, run by both women and men, rather than in public buildings. Meeting in
a home is, in the nature of the circumstance, warmer than meeting in a public

Please reflect on the story of the beginning of the church in Philippi in Acts
16: 11-40. It started with a remarkable woman called Lydia who opened her
house to whoever wanted to learn more about the Christian faith, collecting an
interesting mix of people:

'Hebrew and Macedonian women and men, a Jewish rabbi who is also,
surprisingly, a Roman citizen, some of his friends including half-Jews, a
Latin-speaking jailer and his wife and their servants, more Latin speakers
such as jail wardens and a Macedonian girl who was demon-possessed. But look
at Lydia's big heart. She makes them all feel at home at her place and at home
with each other '


Let us pray:

§ That we can follow Lydia's example and foster a generous and
welcoming spirit, thereby serving our church and community.

§ Please pray for Micah Challenge Philippines activities on World AIDS
Day on December 1, 2007. The campaign has prepared various resources for
churches to use on Sunday, December 2.

o Please pray for many pastors to be motivated to encourage their
churches to learn and pray for issues around HIV and AIDS.

§ Reflecting on the statistic below: We praise God for the reduction
in new HIV infections and for programmes that have helped to start tackling
the expansion of the disease.

We pray for all 33.2 million people living with HIV and the families and
surrounding communities affected by that.

We pray for strength for those who are involved in the care of people living
with AIDS. May God continue to use and bless them in their ministry of love
and compassion.


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 and AIDS, malaria and other diseases

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

'New data show global HIV prevalence-the percentage of people living with
HIV-has levelled off and that the number of new infections has fallen, in part
as a result of the impact of HIV programmes. However, in 2007 33.2 million
[30.6 - 36.1 million] people were estimated to be living with HIV, 2.5 million
[1.8 - 4.1 million] people became newly infected and 2.1 million [1.9 - 2.4
million] people died of AIDS.

There were an estimated 1.7 million [1.4 - 2.4 million] new HIV infections in
sub-Saharan Africa in 2007-a significant reduction since 2001. However, the
region remains most severely affected. An estimated 22.5 million [20.9 - 24.3
million] people living with HIV, or 68% of the global total, are in
sub-Saharan Africa. Eight countries in this region now account for almost
one-third of all new HIV infections and AIDS deaths globally.'

Source: 2007 AIDS epidemic update, UNAIDS November 07


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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