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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, July 13, 2007

July 12, 2007

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

Reflection

On June 7, Bishop Desmond Tutu was able to address the G8 leaders at a big church festival in Germany. His powerful message cut straight through to the essentials of humanity, theology and social justice!

I am not an object of pity.

I am a man.

I was created in the image of God.

I am precious with a preciousness that cannot be measured.

I am a temple of the Holy Spirit.

I am redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ my Saviour.

...

You leaders ask me, what I need, what I want.

Well, I am asking you the same:

What do you need? What do you want?

I want the same!

Referring to Luke 16:19-31,

Yes, I may lie at your gate,

covered in the soil of poverty,

in the sores of HIV and AIDS,

in the sores of hunger,

in the sores of ignorance.

Remember Lazarus and the rich man

and what happened afterwards.

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I am a child of God.

I am not a step-child of God.

I am an African.

I am your brother.

Prayer

Let us pray:

§ Praise God that being God\'s children is not dependent on nationality, race and social background.

§ For beginnings in Micah Challenge Portugal. Please pray

o For wisdom for Joao Pedro Martins as he facilitates the first steps of the campaign and networks with other organisations and groups.

o For political actions that are undertaken in coalition with other organisations which try to influence key politicians, especially during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU and in relation to the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).

§ Reflecting on the statistic below: please pray that government policies will specifically set targets to improve access to schooling for these disadvantaged children from poorer households and living in rural areas.

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 2: Ensure access to primary schooling for all children

Target 3: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling

\'The children most likely to drop out of school or to not attend at all are those from poorer households or living in rural areas. For example, nearly a third of children of primary school age in rural areas of the developing world are out of school, compared with 18 per cent of children in the same age group living in cities.\'

Source: Millennium Development Goals Report 2007, United Nations July 2007

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/pdf/mdg2007.pdf

Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

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