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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, June 1, 2007

June 1, 2007

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

Reflection

In the second part of our Blow the Halftime Whistle prayer and reflection series we continue to look at Pentecost in the Old Testament.

But how did Erika Izquierdo manage to get the love story described in the book of Ruth to connect with Pentecost??! And what does it have to do with social justice??

Please read the attached reflection….

Next, please meditate on the book of Ruth – we may see it in a different light now.

\'The telling of this love story during the Pentecost feast - which celebrates the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai – enables the Jewish people to understand the true meaning of the Law. The Law is not a judgment for good behaviour, but rather, it is a gift from God; its fulfilment only reveals a spiritual reality when it is used in the service of good relationships and of decisions that are fair and just.\'

Prayer

Let us pray:

§ Erika writes: \'In June, the most powerful “Boazs” in the world will meet together in Germany and they will have the opportunity of responding to the needs and expectations of the poor of the world.\'

o Please pray that the G8 meeting 6-7 June will respond favourably to the needs of poor people all over the world and that they will keep their promises which were made in 2005.

§ On 2 June various Micah Challenge events will take place with a focus on the G8 meeting the following week:

o Rostock, Germany: Micah Challenge Germany will participate at the big Civil Society gathering and encourage young Christians to engage with poverty issues and pray for their political leaders. Please pray that the young people will be inspired to act on their return home.

o London, UK: Please pray for the Blow the Whistle Worship Service and Rally on 2 June in Westminster where UK Christians will put their asks to UK politicians before the G8 the following week.

§ One of the topics that the G8 leaders are discussing is aid to Africa. Please read the specific African statistics and consider them prayerfully.

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 4: Reduce child mortality

Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the number of children 5 years old or younger who die from preventable illnesses

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

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

\'The country with the highest infant mortality rate is Sierra Leone, with 165 per 1,000 live births (2004). The second highest rate is found in Liberia, with 157 per 1,000 live births.\'

\'The countries with the highest maternal mortality rate are Sierra Leone, with 2,000 per 100,000 live births, and Malawi, with 1,800 per 100,000 live births.\'

Source: Worldbank, October 2006

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/AFRICAEXT/EXTPUBREP/EXTSTATINAFR/0,,content
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Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

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