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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, October 26, 2007

October 25, 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 must we learn, and unlearn, to be agents of God\'s mission in the world?\'
Old Testament scholar Dr Chris Wright reflects that many traditional views of
mission need to be turned upside down to reflect 20th century realities.

Mission today is from everywhere, to everywhere!

Believers from all over the world are held together by relationships of trust.
That is what lies behind the letters of recommendation and the exhortations in
3 John. We need to recapture this relational, partnering, reciprocal style of
missional interchange.

\'Perhaps what we most need to learn, since we so easily forget it, is that
mission is and always has been God\'s before it becomes ours.. The mission of
God is what fills the Bible from the brokenness of the nations in Genesis 11
to the healing of the nations in Revelation 21-22. So any mission activity to
which we are called must be seen as humble participation in this vast sweep of
the historical mission of God.\'

Prayer

Let us pray:

§ Dr Chris Wright writes: We ask, "Where does God fit into the story
of my life?" when the real question is, "Where does my little life fit into
the great story of God\'s mission?" - Let us pray that we can be people who are
aligned to God\'s mission, locally and worldwide.

§ We thank God for a successful Stand up Speak out activity Oct 17th:
over 38.7 million people, in 110 countries, participated in Stand up Speak out
this year and broken the Guinness World Record - set last year at 23.5 million
- for the largest number of people to "STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY" in 24 hours.

o As we see in the statistic below, there is a big gap between promises
made and real action. Let us pray for a real impact of this number of people
expressing their commitment to fight against global poverty on politicians and
policy makers.

§ We praise God for an inspiring meeting of Micah Challenge USA and
the National Association of Evangelicals in Washington D.C. with the UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

o Let us pray for increased awareness within US evangelical churches of
global mission and poverty issues.

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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 8: Develop a global partnership for development (trade/aid/debt)

Target 13: Address the Special Needs of the Least Developed Countries (LDC)
[Includes: tariff and quota free access for LDC exports; enhanced programme of
debt relief for HIPC and cancellation of official bilateral debt; and more
generous ODA (Overseas Development Assistance) for countries committed to
poverty reduction]

\'While aid to sub-Saharan Africa increased during the first few years of the
Millennium, it has remained virtually unchanged since 2004, if one excludes
one-off debt relief and humanitarian assistance..Despite the lack of progress
towards the MDGs, the Goals remain achievable in most African countries. Yet
time is running out to make the needed practical investments. Existing
commitments made and reaffirmed by world leaders at the G8 Summit in
Gleneagles and the 2005 World Summit are sufficient to meet the Goals. At the
midway point of 2007, these commitments must be urgently translated into
practical plans with systematic follow-through.\'

Source: Africa and the Millennium Development Goals, United Nations 2007

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/docs/MDGafrica07.pdf

Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael

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