Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, October 19, 2007

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Prayer and Reflection

Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge
community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!


This week's reflection is a game plan! The 'World Banquet' was developed by
Micah Challenge in Switzerland and suggests a meal illustrating how the world
population eats: the proportions being 6% super-rich, 51% rich, 29% poor and
19% destitute.

The game concludes with the celebration of Holy Communion which outlines the
order of the Kingdom of God.

'And then I find that you bring your divisions to worship-you come together,
and instead of eating the Lord's Supper, you bring in a lot of food from the
outside and make pigs of yourselves. Some are left out, and go home hungry.
Others have to be carried out, too drunk to walk. I can't believe it! Don't
you have your own homes to eat and drink in? Why would you stoop to
desecrating God's church? Why would you actually shame God's poor? I never
would have believed you would stoop to this. And I'm not going to stand by and
say nothing.'

(1.Corinthians 11: 21-22 - The Message)


Let us pray:

§ Let us declare, with the apostle Paul, that we are not going to
stand by and say nothing about inequality within the worldwide church.

§ We praise God for a fruitful and encouraging meeting of Micah
Challenge coordinators from Asia in Malaysia. Please pray:

o For Kennedy Dhanabalan (India), Rey Avante (Philippines), Krishna
Shakya and Ramesh Khadka (Nepal), Iskandar Saher (Indonesia), Elgin Saha and
Nripen Baidya (Bangladesh) and Rev Uon Seila (Cambodia) as they are now facing
the challenge of putting plans into action.

o For continued motivation and passion to mobilise their churches to
stand up and speak out for and with the poor and marginalised in their

§ Reflecting on the statistic below: Lord, we mourn with the families
who lose their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters during childbirth.

Today we want to pray for real progress at the global conference 'Women
deliver' 18-20 October in London where experts from all over the world will
focus on creating increased political will to save and improve the health of
women, mothers and newborn babies around the world.

Considering that many of these women die as a result of unsafe abortions, we
pray particularly for wise decisions around this issue and pray that Christian
voices will be heard.

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 5: Improve maternal health

Target 6: Reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the number of women
who die giving birth

'Of all health indicators, maternal mortality reveals the greatest gap between
rich and poor women, both between and within countries. Each year, 536 000
women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth-99% in the developing
world-and another 10-20 million women have severe health problems, including
obstetric fistula. In 2005, women in developed countries had a one in 7300
lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes, compared with a one in
75 risk in developing countries. In Africa, the lifetime risk is one in 26.1
Little change has been seen in the hardest hit areas and the gap is widening.
At the midpoint in the timeline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals
(MDG), the absence of progress in reduction of maternal mortality and
morbidity is unacceptable.'

Source: Report 'Delivering for women', October 2007


Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

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