Micah Challenge Update, June 2008

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Dear Friends,

This Update is sent bi-monthly and keeps you informed about the international campaign developments, plans and events.

Micah Challenge mobilisation 2008 briefing and template for letter

The Micah Challenge International briefing for mobilisation activities 2008 is now available. All National campaigns are invited to participate in the two simple but effective suggested activities

  1. to write to their Head of State to ask him/ her to go to the UN summit and
  2. to mobilise churches and communities to participate in Stand up 2008 and Micah Sunday.

A template for a letter to the Head of State is provided.

Micah Challenge UK launches book ‘Micah’s challenge’

In this new book, the prophetic word of Micah to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God” (6:8), is explored for its application to today’s church. Drawing together insights from Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, René Padilla, Joel Edwards, Ron Sider, Njongonkulu Ndungane, and others, Micah’s Challenge explores the theological, ethical and practical dimensions of this call to act with justice, mercy and humility.

Orders can be placed here.

Micah Challenge Philippines and ISAAC release bible studies to mobilize and educate churches in the Philippines

The Bible study materials will serve as toolkits to equip the church communities and faith-based organizations in the area of integral missions, good governance and the Gospel as it relates to our culture.

Bible study 1: Integral mission- What’s it all about?

Bible study 2: Politics and good governance

Bible study 3: Gospel and culture

Bible study 4: Leadership

Please download all 4 studies at http://www.micahchallengephilippines.com/joomla/

Worship leader Darlene Zschech talks about Micah Challenge

Darlene Zschech, a member of the Micah Challenge Australia Panel of Reference, encourages Christians to get involved in Micah Challenge actions. Please click here for the video.

You may also want to check out other Micah Challenge videos on youtube by searching ‘Micah Challenge’ on www.youtube.com .

Micah Challenge France produces MDG flyer

The flyer gives a general introduction to Micah Challenge and the Millennium Development Goals. It also offers reflections and prayer points which are linked to each MDG. Please feel free to use it widely. To download the flyer click here.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announces partnership with Micah Challenge USA

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has announced it is entering into a two-year partnership with Micah Challenge USA. The Fellowship is determined to do all they can to help achieve the MDGs.

For more information please click here.

Latin American/ Caribbean coordinators meeting

The Latin American and Caribbean MC coordinators and facilitators met from 18-20 April in Lima, Peru. Each National campaign coordinator was able to present a SWOT analysis of their campaign which provided many insights and learning opportunities for the group. The group also discussed strategic opportunities for campaign activities in 2008 and set objectives for the region. For further information please click here.

New Micah Challenge International Director announced

The Board of MCI has announced the appointment of Joel Edwards as new International Director from 1 January 2009.

Steve Bradbury, Chair of Micah International, said: “We know Joel will bring to this role enormous passion, commitment to tackle issues of global inequality and a powerful, biblically-shaped vision for the kind of world God wants us to live in.”

Up-coming Micah Network events

  • West Africa Consultation on the Church and Good Governance: Nigeria, August 18 – 22, 2008

Please click here for the consultation flyer and registration form.

  • “Churches living with HIV” from October 21-25 2008 in Pattaya, Thailand which is a pre-consultation to the WEA General Assembly. Please click here for the consultation flyer and registration form.

MC international contacts list

Please view and save the up-dated Micah Challenge international contacts list. This way you will always have the correct information from each MC National campaign. The list is also available in the dgroup resource area (international coordination book).

Please send information you'd like us to include in the next update to [email protected]. This update goes out to all Micah Challenge key international contacts.