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Micah Challenge Prayer & Reflection, January 25, 2008

January 24, 2008

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Reflection

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Prayer
Let us pray:


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

Target 5: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the number of children 5 years old or younger who die from preventable illnesses

…despite many achievements, the problem of child mortality is no less poignant today than it was 25 years ago ….. Every day, on average, more than 26,000 children under age five die around the world, mostly from preventable causes. Nearly all of them live in the developing regions or, more precisely, in 60 developing countries. Although half of the world’s regions are on track to meet MDG 4, many countries have fallen behind and will need to accelerate progress considerably to meet the goal.’
Source: The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, January 2008
http://www.unicef.org/sowc08/docs/sowc08_execsummary.pdf
Yours in Christ,
Regine and the Micah Challenge team
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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  • God, we praise you for your unlimited strength and ability to change and transform people and situations. We offer up ourselves to be used in your work in this world.
  • Our prayer focus this week is for the continuing difficult political and social situation in Kenya following its recent election:
    Micah Challenge International Board member, Fidelis Wainaina, writes:
    ‘Please pray that the real issues will be identified and addressed. Pray for the integrity of the Kenyan parliament; that our political leaders will strive to develop systems that foster justice and the well-fare of the nation and its people.

    Please also pray for the church leaders involved in the mediation process that they will have wisdom and courage to speak out beyond the issues of tribalism and about justice, democracy and reconciliation, countering the prevailing violence.

    We give thanks for the grass roots churches that are involved in serving the displaced people and meeting peoples’ needs. Please pray that they can continue to be proactive and make this our way of life.’
  • Reflecting on the statistic below: we praise God for achievements that have been made to reduce child mortality but we are shocked that 26,000 children still die each day from mostly preventable causes. We pray for strong national health systems so that parents and their children will be able to access good health care.

We would like to start the New Year with a prayer, acknowledging that only in our close relationship to Jesus, and by following his example, are we able to confront poverty and injustice.
‘With your strength God, and our weakness, we embrace the truths about our world which make us weak, which overwhelm, which make tears burn in our eyes.
We cry to you on behalf of starving and lifeless children, grieving and hopeless parents, elderly and frail grandparents. Please meet us.
We come weak, we find hope, we become your hands, your feet, your church. The hope of your world.’
Let us also reflect on 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31, the wonderful promise of ‘conventional wisdom turned on its head’.
‘Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That\'s why we have the saying, "If you\'re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.” ’
(1. Corinthians 1: 30-31 – The Message)

Thank you for your patience during our extended Christmas break, due to some internal changes!