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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, September 20, 2007

September 20, 2007

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Reflection

\'I will renounce a meaningless lifea life without reasona life in which man is his own god\'

sings Chilean song writer Leonardo Alvarez.

I will walk on through the bitter experiences of love
I will follow the pathways of his cross
and your love will be enough…

Please reflect on the text of the attached song and also on Mark 8: 34-38 where Jesus talks about the \'bitter experiences of love\'.

Prayer

Let us pray:

§ We give thanks, Jesus, for loving us through your pain. Please help us to follow in your pathways.

§ We give thanks for the peaceful end of the elections in Sierra Leone and pray for the newly elected President Ernest Bai Koroma.

Aiah Foday, the General Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship in Sierra Leone, writes:

What a relief that the 2007 elections are now behind us!

The Lord has confounded us again with what we witnessed yesterday. By 10:00a.m the national electoral commission quickly convened a press conference to announce the final result for the presidential election. The atmosphere was charged with tension as it was not very obvious who was going to be announced winner. The opposition APC had been in the lead alright at the last count the week before. But a quarter of the results were still pending and mostly from the stronghold of the ruling party. The latter had every assurance that these were enough votes to beat the opposition and were expectantly awaiting to have this read…

The swearing in office took place a few hours later yesterday. It was so good to behold the outgoing government turn up at State House in their best for the occasion. The flag bearer of the SLPP gave his warmest congratulations to the new president and it was so sweet to see them hug each other. This was beyond our wildest imagination even though we had been praying for this. Even God must be amused at his children. We pray for one thing but expect something else.

Praise God; Sierra Leone\'s first post-conflict elections were also her best and power passed from an incumbent to the opposition with little incidence of violence.

Thank you for your prayers. We should now refocus on issues of poverty alleviation, good governance and human development.

§ Please pray (and participate!) for Micah Challenge Sunday October 14 and Stand up Speak out October 16-17, 2007. For more information on how to participate and invite your friends and contacts to join in please click here.

o Please pray that many churches will participate and thereby show their commitment to stand up and speak out for impoverished and marginalised people around the world.

§ Reflecting on the statistic below: We thank God for a drop in child deaths over the past years.

We pray for the 9.7 million children (that\'s over 26,000 per day) who still face death before they reach their 5th birthday. Lord have mercy on the mothers, fathers and brothers and sisters of these children.

We pray for improved health services which are able to provide basic preventative care and have the ability to act quickly in emergencies.

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.

MDG 4: Reduce child mortality

Target 5: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate

\'For the first time in modern history, the number of children dying before the age of five has fallen below 10 million per year. New survey figures reported by UNICEF show solid progress, with worldwide child deaths at a record low of 9.7 million per year – down from almost 13 million in 1990.\'

Source: UNICEF, September 2007

http://www.unicef.org/childsurvival/index_40850.html

Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

Please view all the Friday Prayer statistics we’ve used to date at Index of Millennium Development Goal Statistics.xls

Please see Index of Reflections on Integral Mission.xls

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