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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, April 27, 2007

April 28, 2007

Welcome! We hope you will enjoy using these reflections with us!

Reflection

\'In an era when changing land-use, scientific dilemmas, resource depletion and global ecological crises threaten stability and sometimes life itself, a robust Christian theology of the land is vital.\' says Rev. Dave Bookless from \'A Rocha\', a Christian nature conservation organisation.

In the comprehensive summary on the theme of Land in the bible, we learn that the land is an important context for our relationship with God.

Let us reflect on Psalm 24 and 2 Chronicles 7:14 as biblical key verses on this theme.

\'When we pray for the healing of the land, and when we are involved in practical creation-care, we become God’s co-workers in his Kingdom. We echo the prayer of Jesus: “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven”.\'

Prayer

Let us pray:

For the healing of our land as mentioned in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Please read the statistic below: let us pray for organisations, research institutes and policy makers as they raise awareness of the decline in environmental resources and diversity.

- Please pray for all people who are involved in practical creation-care at a leadership level but also for the average person on the street who has a concern for environmental issues. Please pray for wisdom and relevant information to add to a good attitude the right actions.

For Micah Challenge in :

- A translated version of a William Wilberforce biography was recently published in Italian with the goal of promoting Micah Challenge and raising awareness about Global Poverty. On 23rd June, the Evangelical Alliance in is organising a religious liberty rally in Rome where 2,000 people are expected. It will be an opportunity to \'blow the half-time whistle\' and inform people about the Millennium Development Goals.

Please pray that Italian Evangelicals will be encouraged
to learn
more and be mobilised to action.


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 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Indicator 25: Proportion of land area covered by forest

\'Just one fifth of the Earth\'s original forest remains in large, relatively natural ecosystems—what are known as frontier forests....Frontier forests contribute a large portion of the ecological services that make the planet habitable...

A country-by-country breakdown shows that 76 countries have lost all of their frontier forest...

A significant number of frontier forests that have survived into the 20th century are threatened today...39 percent of Earth\'s remaining frontier forests are endangered by human activities.\'

Source: World Resources Institute, 1999

http://earthtrends.wri.org/features/view_feature.php?theme=9&fid=14


Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

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