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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, September 27, 2007

September 27, 2007



Prayer and Reflection

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

Reflection

Our reflection today is a healing and memorial service liturgy around the theme of HIV/ AIDS. It is part of the Handbook on HIV/AIDS Sensitive Sermon Guidelines and Liturgy, which was put together by various African writers.

\'It seeks to heal the participants as well as to help all to acknowledge that HIV/AIDS is close to all of us; that we are all affected. It also helps to break the silence and the stigma. It also seeks to deal with hopelessness by underlining that God is with us; God’s light is still shining upon our situation.\'

The liturgy draws on Psalm 23 and hopes to bring healing for ourselves and to rekindle our hope in Emmanuel, God With Us.

Prayer

Let us pray:

§ With words from the memorial service liturgy:

Leader: We are all affected by HIV/AIDS.

All: We are the body of Christ.

Leader: We have lost close relatives.

All: Heal our bodies.

Leader: We have lost close friends & neighbours.

All: Heal our hearts.

Leader: We have lost church and work mates.

All: Heal our spirits.

Leader: We have lost our hope.

All: Heal our minds.

Leader: We put our trust in you.

All: You are Emmanuel. You are God With Us (Matt. 1:23). You will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). You will be with us to the end of ages (Matt. 28:20).

§ Our prayer focus today is Micah Challenge Uganda. Stephen Mugabi, the facilitator of the campaign, asks prayer especially for:

o Peace and justice for the poorest of the poor communities in parts of Uganda;

o On-going floods in Northern Uganda as they affect the returning internally displaced communities.

o Micah Challenge Uganda is preparing, together with Civil Society Organisations and \'Churches together\', activities around the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kampala, 23-25 November 2007. Please pray for the development of their plans and that the decision making at the CHOGM will bring favourable outcomes for poor and marginalized communities.

§ We thank God for the encouraging statistic and case study below and pray that this success story will spread to other African countries.

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

Botswana has reduced the rate of HIV transmission from mother to child to less than 4 percent, providing fresh evidence that several hundred thousand babies in the developing world can be saved annually from acquiring the deadly virus.

The success in Botswana recorded this year, according to specialists, is due to political support and several policy decisions, including the testing of all pregnant women for HIV unless they refuse; providing HIV test results in 20 minutes to the expectant mothers; and for those women who are HIV-positive, giving dual drug treatment - four weeks of AZT, and then a single dose of nevirapine at birth to mother and child.

It represents the first time that a developing country with a high prevalence of HIV has lowered transmission rates to levels approaching those in rich nations. In the United States and Europe, fewer than 2 percent of babies born to HIV-positive pregnant women have the virus.

The challenge for Botswana is especially pressing: 34 percent of its pregnant women, roughly 14,000 people, are HIV-positive.

Source: World Bank, Press Review, 29 August 2007

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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