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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, June 15, 2007

June 15, 2007

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

Reflection

In the fourth part of our Blow the Halftime Whistle prayer and reflection series we continue to look at Pentecost as recorded in Acts.

\'The day of Pentecost was the time for announcing an inclusive message – the fulfilment of an inclusive promise\' writes Rev Joe Simfukwe from Zambia, and builds on the first two reflections in this series that are based on Pentecost in the OT.

The attached reflection examines various aspects mentioned in Acts 2:42-47 and links them to the roles of the church which are still valid today.

\'If we give room to the Holy Spirit his agenda has not changed. It is to enliven our worship and causes us to come to God as our Father, yet with great respect. He wants to transform our relationships and make us channels through whom God’s blessings can flow to others. A worshipping church, a loving church, is a powerful authenticator of the gospel because it has a very practical impact on society.\'

Prayer

Let us pray:

§ Let\'s give room to the Holy Spirit so that God\'s blessings can flow from us to others.

§ We thank God for successful social justice events in Washington in the past week.

o Let us pray that US evangelical Christians will be able to bring poverty issues to the attention of their churches so that they will be encouraged to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

§ We thank God for the very inspiring Youth event in France.

Thierry Seewald, the coordinator of Micah Challenge in France writes:

\'We had a youth gathering in Valence (France) for Pentecost where 3500 young people participated. Micah Challenge France shared about poverty issues and encouraged these young people to raise their voice against poverty. 3000 signed postcards to be sent to the new French President Nicolas Sarkozy together with a letter from MC France. We are more than happy with this success!\'

Please pray for:

o continued interest and engagement of these young people in poverty and social justice issues.

o the new French President Nicolas Sarkozy, that he will be touched by the postcards and encouraged to act for the poor.

§ \'Outcome for the G8 summit: a 5 out of 10 - particularly on Africa. This is tragically close to failure.… unfulfilled Gleneagles G8 promises will cost millions of lives. Two years after the grand promises of Gleneagles, the true ambivalence of the G8\'s concern for Africa is becoming apparent. The early success of Gleneagles is being squandered by paltry responses on AIDS, trade and aid.\'

http://www.tearfund.org/Campaigning/G8+Germany+2007/Tearfund+reaction.htm

o Lord, we are disappointed at the outcomes from the G8 meeting in Germany last week and especially about the fact that promises that were made 2 years earlier were dropped or changed. Help us not to give up! Give us the hope and energy to keep on fighting for what is just and fair.

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.

Millennium Declaration 2000

\'We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected. We are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want.\'

UN Millennium Declaration, 2000; III.; 11

http://www.un.org/millennium/declaration/ares552e.htm

Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

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