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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, June 22, 2007

June 21, 2007



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

Reflection

In the fifth part of our Blow the Halftime Whistle prayer and reflection series, CB Samuel from India is looking at how justice relates to the Holy Spirit and the character of God.

\'There are many reasons why Christians should do justice. But have you ever wondered why God is expected to do justice? In India, justice is not a natural expectation of godliness, holiness is. Holy men and women of God are those who have withdrawn from the world to attain a peaceful state of existence in the presence of God! But such a dichotomy is not biblical.\'

CB Samuel develops this topic further by looking at various passages in the book of Isaiah. Let us reflect on Isaiah 11:1-5.

\'It is very important to understand that when we talk about justice we are talking about the character of a holy God. Therefore, when we are recovering justice in the church, we need to recover again an understanding of what it means to understand God as a holy God. It says that God will show his holiness by his justice.\'

Prayer

Let us pray:

§ That we recover a link between holiness and activism in our life and the mission of the church.

§ For Micah Challenge Canada and their \'Edmonton conference\' 22-23 June.

Let us pray:

§ That the participants will be deeply challenged by what they hear and be motivated into greater political and practical involvement.

§ For the various speakers, that their words will be inspired and full of integrity.

§ For \'last minute coolness\' for the various coordinators and event managers and a sense of excitement as the conference unfolds.

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 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Target 7: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS

\'An estimated 930 000 adults and children died of AIDS in southern Africa in 2005—one-third of all AIDS deaths globally. Access to antiretroviral therapy has increased more than eight-fold since the end of 2003, with about 810 000 people on treatment in December 2005. About one in six (17%) of the 4.7 million people in need of antiretroviral therapy in this region now receive it.

Progress is uneven, however, with coverage reaching or exceeding 50% in only three countries (Botswana, Namibia and Uganda) but remaining below 20% in most others. South Africa accounts for one-quarter of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy in sub- Saharan Africa.\'

Source: Report on the global AIDS epidemic 2006, UNAIDS 2006

http://data.unaids.org/pub/GlobalReport/2006/2006_GR_CH02_en.pdf

Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

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