Micah Challenge 10.10.10Andrea Percy - 30 Sep 2010
On the 10th of October this year (10.10.10) Micah Challenge are calling Christians all over the world to join them in a dedicated day of prayer and promise for the poor. The hope is for 100 million Christians to pray and for 10 million to become actively involved in reminding their leaders of the promises they made to the worlds poorest 10 years ago.
24-7 Prayer recognizes, loves and supports Micah Challenge in their call to bring the church to pray and act and to hold government leaders accountable to their bold promises. Put the date in your calendar now and check out the article below written by Felicity Cowling from Micah Challenge for more details and info on how you can get involved.
The Church has no option but to plunge itself into the very centre of global events. God’s love demands it.” - Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve one of the greatest promises ever made, 189 world leaders gathered last week at the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit, to assess progress on alleviating global poverty.
There have been some steps forward since 2000, when our world leaders first came together in a commitment to halve world poverty. Some countries, such as Vietnam and Ghana, have done particularly well in improving the lives of the poor.
However, many aspects of poverty have seen very little improvement: the number of hungry people has risen to over 1 billion; the number of women who die whilst giving birth is shockingly high; and too many people are living without access to improved sanitation. It was with this in mind that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an acceleration of progress towards achieving the MDGs this year.
And the outcome of the Summit this September? All in all it was disappointing. While many countries did renew commitments to keep their promises to halve extreme poverty, no bold, breakthrough plans were made to show how these promises will actually be achieved. We need our world leaders to do a lot more if they are to keep their promise to halve global poverty by 2015.
So will those in power ever commit wholeheartedly to the poorest of our world? Will we (any of us) ever completely let go of all selfish ambition and prioritise those trapped in poverty, as God has required? Off our own steam, my guess is unlikely. But what if we, the Church set ourselves aside to pray, to really seek after God’s heart for the poor and oppressed? Imagine what could happen if the world united through prayer and committed to act for a world free of injustice? Perhaps, then, the story might end very differently.
“my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:7
The very same week as the summit, Micah Challenge, a global coalition of Christians holding governments to account for their promise to halve extreme poverty by 2015, called hundreds of New York Christians to a Worship Service just blocks away from where world leaders were gathered at the United Nations Headquarters. Agencies and Christian leaders gathered to pray over the leaders’ promises. Speaking of the event, Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge said “Our worship was praise to God, but it was also an act of defiance in the face of a Summit outcomes document which is saying far too little to far too many of the world’s poorest.”
Perhaps if we, for a moment, allow ourselves to believe that through prayer change is possible, we might find that we also have the opportunity to become agents for that change ourselves. In the process of listening or talking to God, we are changed and made more able to serve him. The commitments made by our world leaders should be for us, a call to prayer. Only then would we be given the courage act. To stand up. To speak out. As Jason Fileta, director of Micah Challenge USA, posted in a recent blog:“UN leaders hear us roar!”
On 10th October (10.10.10) Micah Challenge, a global coalition of Christians holding governments to account for their promise to halve extreme poverty by 2015, is calling millions of Christians all over the world to pray for a world free of injustice. A united cry that change is possible. Perhaps if we allow our hearts and minds be radically transformed through prayer, we would receive the hope and strength we need to work for a world free of all injustice.
Will you stand united in prayer with God’s people in dozens of nations?
The story could still end differently. Let’s pray.
For more information visit the Micah Challenge website.
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