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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, May 25, 2007

May 24, 2007


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

Pentecost Appeal 2007

Dear Friday Prayer subscribers

We need your help to electrify Micah Challenge this Pentecost!

Communication is electricity for our movement but the flow is weak without translation. Micah Challenge needs $8,000 to fund essential translation services between this Pentecost and Pentecost 2008.

Your donation will ensure that our French speaking campaigns in West Africa and Spanish speaking campaigns in Latin America can participate dynamically – giving and receiving resources and ideas, driving strategy and joining in prayer. Your gift will enable us to continue to provide the Friday prayer email in 3 languages and to communicate effectively with more than 36 Micah Challenge national campaigns around the world. Funds raised by this Appeal will employ professional translators desperately needed to supplement our pool of volunteers.

The Micah Challenge Pentecost Appeal runs from May 18 to June 9, 2007. Please make your donation now through your nearest Micah Challenge national campaign. Click on http://www.micahchallenge.org/english/do/pentecost/ for the information you will need.

Thank you!

Reflection

This Pentecost week, we invite you to join in our Micah Challenge - Blow the halftime whistle Prayer and Study Series.

The purpose of the series is for people to be linked globally in prayer throughout the halftime period from Pentecost to 07/07/07 and reflect on the call to pursue justice in the power of the Holy Sprit. The contributions for these reflections have come from leading Micah Challenge theologians and social justice practitioners from , , and .

In addition to these biblical reflections, 7 stories and prayers for use in churches and small groups from around the world are also available for download at http://www.micahchallenge.org/english/pray/halftime/.

The first reflection of the series takes us back to the origins of Pentecost in the Old Testament. Erika Izquierdo from takes us on a journey from the installation of the harvest celebration in Exodus to the \'first\' celebration of Pentecost in Acts 2.

Let us reflect further on Exodus 34: 1-28.

\'In a world where violence is packaged and sold as merchandise, where the only thing that seems to grow and develop is the overwhelming cruelty of poverty, Pentecost calls us to honour the covenant we have with God in every area of our lives. It is the Holy Spirit, with his passion and his power, who is now filling our hearts with the conviction of a transforming faith which enables us to live out the truth of His kingdom of justice and - with all our strength - to spread it widely throughout the world.\'

Prayer

Let us pray:

- That we continuously be empowered by the Holy Spirit to pursue justice.

- For Micah Challenge and various events with which they are involved:

- \'Taking Vision to the Streets\' , June 3-6 in Washington D.C., a major conference organised by Sojourners/Call to Renewal, of church leaders, service providers, anti-poverty advocates and "emerging leaders" from across the country to mobilise the church in the fight against poverty.

- \'Sowing Seeds: Growing a Movement\': June 9-12 in Washington DC, this event put on by Bread for the World includes a presidential engagement, interfaith convocation, training, and other collaborative events focusing on hunger and poverty in the United States.

- Please pray for these two events. May the God of the poor be glorified amidst the high-powered guests, and heartfelt commitments made to improve the lives of poor men, women and children all over the world.


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 2: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

\'854 million people across the world are hungry, up from 852 million a year ago.\'

\'Hunger manifests itself in many ways other than starvation and famine. Most poor people who battle hunger deal with chronic under-nourishment and vitamin or mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness and heightened susceptibility to illness.\'

Source: Bread for the World, 2007

http://www.bread.org/learn/hunger-basics/hunger-facts-international.html

Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

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