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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, July 27, 2007

July 27, 2007

Thank you for sharing and praying with the worldwide Micah Challenge community. We hope this email is challenging, inspiring and spurs us on!

Reflection

What does salvation mean in the context of South London where in the past months several youths were shot by other youths?

Jon Kuhrt asks how our salvation can be politically engaged and socially relevant; committed to personal responsibility and the declaration of God\'s power in our communities; liberating captives from fear and turning into true hope.

A biblical example for holistic salvation is the story of the rich urbanite Zacchaeus in Luke 19: 1-10 who rejected his previous lifestyle and prioritised restoring relationships in his community.

\'The crises facing our urban communities call us to go deeper in our faith and witness - to seek a unity in the gospel of the kingdom. And as carriers of this message and lifestyle, to become a Church committed to \'mission as transformation\': places which speak confidently in the urban context of the wholeness, liberation, forgiveness and affirmation that we know and experience in Jesus.\'

Prayer

Let us pray:

§ That issues that we face in our surrounding communities will make us go deeper in our faith and witness.

§ For a small team of US college students visiting Sierra Leone. The main aim of the visit is to participate, together with Sierra Leonean Christians, as election observers in the general elections early in August 2007.

Jason Fileta from Micah Challenge USA asks that we pray:

· For safety as we travel to Sierra Leone and within Sierra Leone.

· That we are competent and helpful on election day as we seek to support greater transparency in the country.

· That we truly form a partnership with Sierra Leonean young people where we are open and eager to learn from them.

· That we can be used for God’s purposes in Sierra Leone and be an encouragement for the church.

· That the election will go smoothly and the government can be built quickly.

§ Reflecting on the recent statistic below: We praise God for a significant decrease in child deaths through measles, and the public health success that it represents.

We pray that coordination for basic health services will continue to improve and that governments will make funds available to further develop the health infrastructure, especially for 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 4: Reduce child mortality

Indicator 15: Proportion of 1 year-old children immunized against measles

\'Measles is one of the leading causes of child death among diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. Globally, deaths from measles fell by over 60 per cent between 2000 and 2005 – a major public health success…. The most striking gains were found in Africa, where measles deaths decreased by nearly 75 per cent….. These achievements are attributed to improved immunization coverage throughout the developing world, as well as immunization campaigns that supplement routine services….. Routine measles immunization serves as a proxy indicator for access to basic health services among children under five. Accelerated activities to control measles are contributing to the development of health infrastructure that supports routine immunization and other health services.\'

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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