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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, November 16, 2007

November 15, 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

A \'historical moment\' : that\'s what Micah Challenge Zambia facilitator,
Lawrence Temfwe, calls the Global Leaders Forum recently held in the USA. The
Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, addressed Christian leaders from
both the Global North and South, in a dialogue on global issues, including
global poverty and HIV/AIDS.

\'The UN has embraced evangelicals. So what is the UN saying by so doing? The
UN is saying that despite billions of dollars being poured into Africa and
efforts of democratizations and good governance, Africa is no better off and
may even be worse off than before colonization. The UN is saying to the church
leaders that if they get their act together they can provide the hope to
reshape Africa.

Lawrence calls on churches in the Global North and affluent churches in the
Global South, that seek to be used by God as agents of compassion and justice,
to enter poor communities with humility and the desire to learn.

The reflection ends with a suggestion of a modern version of Acts 2:42-47 by
Bill Hybels, from Willow Creek in the USA.


Prayer

Let us pray:

§ In Lawrence\'s words: that church leaders \'get their act together so
that they can provide the hope to reshape Africa\'. Please pray for God\'s grace
on the global church so that it really can make a difference.

§ For the Micah Network Francophone Consultation in Burkina Faso 19-23
November. Please pray for:

o safe and smooth travel for all the participants who come from across
Africa.

o good teaching and inspired learning and sharing.

Micah Challenge coordinators from various Francophone countries will use the
opportunity to network and learn from each other. Please pray for good
fellowship and God\'s wisdom while developing plans together.

§ Reflecting on the statistic below: Lord, we thank you that some
progress has been made on gender equality.

We pray for the continued efforts of men and women to increase women\'s
economic participation and opportunities, political empowerment, educational
attainment and health and survival.


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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 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Indicator: 11: Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector

The Global Gender Gap Report aims at \'capturing the magnitude of the gap
between women and men in four critical areas: economic participation and
opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment and health and
survival.\'

\'While no country has yet achieved gender equality, Sweden, Norway and Finland
have all closed over 80% of the gender gap and thus serve as a useful
benchmark for international comparisons..Each country must follow its own
unique path based on its cultural practices, structure and priorities, but as
it becomes increasingly evident that gender-based biases are detrimental to
today\'s global marketplace, we must ensure that these biases hold no place in
our collective future.\'

Source: Global Gender Gap report 2007, World Economic Forum November 2007

http://www.weforum.org/pdf/gendergap/report2007.pdf


Yours in Christ,

Regine and Michael


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