‘So, over in
Well, I disagree. I quite enjoy seeing the community come together at the picnics and marches. It’s exciting and a good cause, too. I agree that Christians shouldn’t participate in war or violence, but why can’t we use the vote to spread peace principles?'
The quote above is an excerpt from a letter written by a Mennonite lady, Anna Funk, in the
'We Mennonites are simply not as separate from our world as some like to think we are. We are citizens of our communities—many of us leaders; and we take advantage of much that our communities offer. We can’t just refuse to help set the direction of our towns and counties and nation!’
In Amos 5: 1-17, the prophet has strong words for the people of
Let us pray:
- That we can, in Anna Funk’s words, be ‘citizens of our communities’ and be wise in how we ‘help to set the direction of our towns and nations’.
- We praise God for a tremendously successful Stand up Take Action campaign: 116, 993, 629 people in 131 countries have Stood Up and Taken Action against poverty and inequality, and in a call for urgent action on the MDGs! This is almost double the number of people participating than was anticipated.
Churches in 31 countries participated in Micah Sunday and many mobilized their congregations to Stand up against poverty.
Please pray that these numbers can now be used effectively to lobby our political leaders to increase their commitment to the MDGs despite the current economic crisis.
- For the presidential elections in the
on Tuesday 4 November. We pray: USA
- For wisdom and discernment for our brothers and sisters in the
as they vote. US
- For the safety of the presidential candidates McCain and Obama in these last days of campaigning and as votes are cast and results announced.
- For Micah Challenge
as they seek to mobilise Christians to hold the newly elected president accountable to work towards achieving the MDGs in their presidency. USA
- Reflecting on the statistic below: Lord, we pray for your comfort on families around the world who have to cope with the death of their newly born son/daughter, sister/brother or grand-child.
We pray that governments will increase funding so that neonatal and maternal care can be improved and made more widely accessible.
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 under-five mortality rate
‘Thirty-seven per cent of under-five deaths occur in the first month of life and improved neonatal and maternal care could save countless newborns. Undernutrition is estimated to be an underlying cause in more than one third of all deaths in children under five.’
Source: Millennium Development Goals Report, United Nations, September 2008http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/News.aspx?ArticleId=42