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We are Better Together

by Susan Nyaga-Anzuruni

A story is told of a man who had a dream walking with God on a beach. As they walked, the scenes of his life were flashed before them. For each scene, there were two sets of footsteps, his and God’s. When the last scene of his life was flashed, he noticed that there was only one set of footsteps. This bothered him so much because he remembered that those were the lowest and saddest moments of his life. So he asked God why He had left him when he needed Him the most. God whispered, “When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

It is true that God is always with us. Although we are always aware of His presence, the ‘evidence’ of Him being there with us when going through a storm is more reassuring. God uses people (cf. 1 Kings 17:7-16), even animals (1 Kings 17: 2-16) that He puts on our path to attend to our needs, as an assurance of His presence with us. We are not wired to be self-sufficient. We are made for both a personal relationship with God and with others in a community, because we are better together. Allow me to illustrate this with snippets from our family’s recent testimony.

Over the last two years, my family has been through what we dubbed ‘a journey of hope, faith and an unwavering trust in God’. My husband suffered kidney failure and was on haemodialysis from November 29th 2019 to November 3rd 2021 – when he underwent a successful kidney transplant. That period marked the roughest stretch in our seven years of marriage, but our hearts are melted seeing the goodness and faithfulness of God as we waited and trusted Him, daily.

We marvel just thinking about the community God placed around us throughout the different phases of our journey. I am talking about people who God surrounded us with at the onset of our journey, who prayed for us daily and called regularly for updates on how to pray. I am talking about another group who, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck and people could no longer visit, consistently brought fellowship to our home while observing Covid-19 safety protocols. I am talking about others who offered to drop off my husband at the hospital when I was travelling, in a workshop or just so that I could take a breather from the many hospital visits and long drives. I am talking about people who, when my husband came down with pneumonia and was in the critical care unit for 6 days at the peak of the pandemic, would come to the hospital and wait outside to encourage and pray with me. For nine months, a neighbour whose child is in the same school as our girls, faithfully picked them up every Tuesday and Friday when we would be in for dialysis. When my husband’s childhood friend offered to donate his kidney and we needed to bring him over to Kenya, two friends contributed their air miles to get him and his wife return tickets. I am talking about people (individuals, groups and institutions) who gave generously to ensure that every medical expense for the donor was paid.

In the run up to the transplant, our nephrologist gave us two options: to either withdraw our children from school for two and half months, or find them a place to stay and continue with school. We chose the latter and opted to rent a flat for them. A friend locked up her own home and moved to the flat to be with and look after our girls for that entire period. Our neighbours loaned us any extra furniture or appliances in their homes: a fridge, seats, carpets, and television, and topped it up with household shopping to start the girls off in their new home. Here again, the Lord raised another community around us that visited with the girls to spend time with them or picked them up and took them out for a meal.

Closer to the transplant, God surrounded us with an international army-on-bended-knees, through our work places, families, friends, friends of friends, groups and institutions we relate with, who earnestly prayed for us, daily. On the day of the surgery, people prayed while others fasted and pleaded with God for a successful surgery, for mercy and an end to our pain and suffering. What a blessing to know that even when you cannot pray for yourself, God raises an army to do exactly that in your hour of great need!

God, through the responses of the community He built around us, was constantly reminding us that no matter how difficult the journey, we are not forsaken. In those very difficult stretches, God always did something (through the community around us) to remind us that “even here, I am with you” because “I will never leave you, nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). Indeed, God uses people to reassure us of His presence as we go through life. He uses the shoulders of a neighbour, a friend, a family member, a community or even a stranger, to carry us when we are too weak to make that next step. Today, as we celebrate the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness to us, we know that this is not just the testimony and victory of our family, it also is the testimony and victory of the community the Lord built around us.

We all have been through two difficult years of a global pandemic. People have suffered and continue to suffer. What can you do, in small or big ways, to ease this suffering as part of the community where the Lord has placed you?  In 2022 and beyond, I challenge us to be the shoulders, feet and hands, or even the raven that God will use to carry that neighbour, widow, orphan, that brother/sister through their storm, because we are better together!

Susan Nyaga-Anzuruni, Micah Global Board Member, SIL Staff, Kenya

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Children Born to Hope

by Linda Martindale

Children bear the brunt of the brokenness of the world. They are the most vulnerable and yet, the most innocent. I live in South Africa and we are facing some devastating realities that impact on children the most at present. Children are disappearing at an alarming rate. Rape and murder rates of children are high. The cracks of our broken society are showing, and whilst it is nothing new in terms of our violent and unjust past, it seems to be getting worse. As our inequality grows, so do our social atrocities. It may be that we now know more than before? Whatever the reality, one child’s life lost or marred is one too many.

This is not South Africa’s story alone though. There are heart-breaking stories coming from around the globe. The injustice that sets up systems to favour some over others, the exploitation of people who are mothers and fathers, the long hours and little pay, the scourge of alcohol and drugs that is common in many communities, the high-level trafficking of girls, the poverty that some children are born into … all this and so much more points to a broken world that hurts children the most.

Isaiah 65 reminds us of what the world can and should be - a glimpse into what the ‘kingdom’ can look like. Verse 20 says, “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days.” And verse 23 says, “They will not labour in vain, nor will their children be born to destruction.” So many children are being born to destruction – and yet, we long for children to be born to hope. It is for this we work and pray and live differently and face the structures and injustices that perpetuate the opposite of what God wants for all children.

Carlos Mraida, Argentinian pastor and leader, says, “The recurring theme of Isaiah is God’s challenge for his people to model righteousness. The nations of the earth should be able to visualize a different lifestyle by following the truth of God as lived out by God’s people. Israel is constantly rebuked for not living out that model. They are required to answer for a spirituality that does not lead to a life of equality, righteousness and mercy towards their neighbours.”

We long for a world where children do not suffer because of the unjust and broken systems and communities into which they are born. Do the communities in which we live and serve model this different way of which Mraida speaks? Do our countries treat children with righteousness? We pray, “Let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven …” and when we pray this we ask God to create a world where children are born into hope. And we partner with God to be communities who love and care for all children – as if they were our very own, because in a very real sense, they are.

Let us pray …

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Finding Hope this Season

by Roshan Mendis

While the Christmas season is a time full of joy and celebration, the world is not exempt from sorrow during this season. For many of us, our hurting hearts experience intensified ache as memories flood our minds. Perhaps the memory is of a loved one who has gone ahead of us. Maybe the memory haunts as part of a painful past; something we wish could be changed or undone. Pain not only exists from the past, but in the daily present. Discouragement doesn’t stop lurking. Disease doesn’t stop waging its war. Death doesn’t pause for a few days.

When Jesus’ birth was announced or Mary knew that she was pregnant and Joseph was broken the news, his would be parents didn’t plan a baby shower, or a gender reveal party. Then when Joseph said they had to make a business trip for tax purposes, it was probably the last thing on Mary’s agenda. Just imagine making that trip of many miles riding a donkey in her ninth month of pregnancy, it would in no way have been the most comfortable mode of transport. Then they arrive in Bethlehem to discover to their dismay that all rooms of all the guest houses are occupied and the only shelter offered is an animal shelter and trough as a cot.

Not only the personal circumstances of Joseph and Mary but the situation of the people of Israel too was far from ideal. They were a people under the subjugation and political domination of Rome. They were voiceless and powerless. Religiously, the temple was a place of corruption and malpractice. The last prophet that served Israel – Micah was almost 400 years prior to this. There was a deafening silence to God’s voice and direction.

The point is that the arrival of Jesus at that time and the ‘joy’ of His birth to his parents were by no means in the most ideal of circumstances.

As we enter the season against the backdrop of the Covid19 pandemic, we may have similar sentiments and feelings of disconnectedness, inappropriateness, confusion, frustration, disappointment and a variety of negative emtions. We all endure hard times; it’s a fact. And we’ll all witness suffering by those we care about. Christ himself told us, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 NIV He is our greatest comfort during times of struggle, and He equips us to help others in their sorrow as well.

No matter what is causing your hurt, allow yourself the opportunity to recognize the struggle you feel during the holiday season. Think also of your friends or family who may benefit from words of encouragement for hard times. Rather than walk through this suffering alone, lets together hang on to the hope that Jesus gives as He walks through this valley with us. Christmas is a reminder that God has not left us alone in the darkness. No matter the ache or the longing, the sorrow or the suffering, the birth of Jesus brought hope and healing to the entire world. For this, we can and let us celebrate with JOY! (beyond circumstances). The Light of the World made His grand entrance as an infant. The Son of God in human flesh, and the glory of the night could not be contained. Angels sang their glory to God and hope, true Hope for the world was born!

Christmas is a time of hope! Christmas is about revisiting or renewing the notion of hope that the Light comes again and again into the darkness of the world. Regardless of the trials you or those around you face during the Christmas season, the gift we all need the most is the presence of the One who promises to be the one constant of life. Despite the tough circumstances we are facing, to know that God’s plan is the best plan for our life; He loves us too much to think anything otherwise. “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17  

Roshan Mendis APBAID - Director

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Listen to Testimony to Flourishing

Listen to Testimony Flourishing

Testimony to Flourishing was a personal account of flourishing by Board members of Micah Global. Devotional in nature, they will challenge, inspire and broaden the listener’s understanding of flourishing. 

Ruth Valerio of Tearfund in the UK

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Rolando Perez from Paz y Esperanza Perú (Spanish) 

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Alia Abboud of LSESD in Lebanon 

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Sami DiPasquale of Abara in the USA 

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Listen to Under the Tree Conversations

Listen to Under-the-Tree Conversations

At the KUSHAMIRI | FLOURISH Consultation, members and friends of Micah Global shared ‘Under a Tree’ on topics where they have knowledge, wisdom and experience. Here is a selection from around the world. Others will be added over time.

Kuki Rokhum: Creation Care

Kuki Rokhum of EFICOR in Indian talks about her passion for creation care within our Christian calling.

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Michel Kenmogne: Language and Flourishing

Micah Kenmogne of SIL looks at the theme of Kushamiri from the lenses of language. More specifically, I suggest that language can either unlock and expand possibilities for flourishing or hinder and lock them. In this presentation, I will briefly explore flourishing as a missional concept and consider some of the ways in which language interacts with it. The end-result will be to invite us all to consider the ways in which we can work in synergy in order to enhance our collaboration with God to see his glory manifested in His entire creation as people understand his purposes, pursue and experience flourishing in all aspects of their lives.

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Dave Bookless: Can Humanity Flourish without Destroying the Planet?

Dave Bookless of A Rocha explores the following questions: Does human development and flourishing have to mean nature's destruction? Can we find ways of lifting people out of poverty and finding fulfilling work which also protect and enhance wildlife and the natural world, which God has entrusted to our care? What does the Bible have to say about true flourishing?

 

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Martin Kapenda: Debt Relief and Flourishing

Martin Kapenda of Micah Global in Zambia talks about debt and debt relief in his home country.

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Bettelies Westerbeek: Integral mission in a secular world

Bettelies Westerbeek, a pastor from The Netherlands, shares a community based example of integral mission in a secular world.

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Deborah Hancox: Relationship between congregations and Christian development organisations

Deborah Hancox from the Micah Global Secretariat shares some of her empirical research regarding the relationship between congregations and Christian development organisations in Cape Town, South Africa. 

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Mwawi Chilongozi: The church's role in socio-economic empowerment of rural women.

Mwawi Chilongozi, pastor and church leader from Malawi speaks about village savings and loan groups are proving to be a tool of socio-economic empowerment of rural women and alleviate extreme poverty. Women who are involved in such groups are becoming financially independent and contributing to the household income. What is the role of the church in promoting such initiatives?

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Dustin Stiver: Network leadership and Community Building

Dustin Stiver shares his research findings related to network leadership: the act of community building. He discusses how you can design an effective network structure, create favorable conditions for collaboration, and steward a network that grows and thrives.

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Listen to Workshops

Listen to workshops

At the KUSHAMIRI | FLOURISH Consultation, members of Micah Global presented workshops on topics where they have expertise. Here is a selection from around the world. Others will be added over time.

Build Back Better: United Mission to Nepal's workshop on their earthquake response.

Build Back Better: an Integrated Programming Model for Earthquake Response Helps Dhading District in Nepal Flourish (United Mission to Nepal). With Parsu Ram Karkee, Dhana Lama, Katherine Parker. Contains discussion on linking disaster response learnings to COVID responses.

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When God Changes My Perspective: a workshop from World Vision in Kenya.

KUSHAMIRI: When God Changes My Perspective. Embracing new perspectives for holistic community transformation through empowerment. Workshop with Daniel Muvengi of World Vision.

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Youth empowerment with the Dignity Campaign and SALT Alliance from South Africa

Equip and empower teens to flourish, both girls and boys. With the Dignity Campaign and SALT Alliance.

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BE Consulting in the USA share on Cultivating Cultures of Belonging

Cultivating Cultures of Belonging: Women and Men Leading Together in the Missional Sector. Beth Birmingham and Eeva Sallinen of BE Consulting.

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Smallholder Agriculture Tackling the Ecological Crisis and Climate Change (CCD Network, World Renew, Germany & Kenya)

Andreas Jenny, Stephan Lutz, Jörg Mayer. Content of this workshop includes:
• Working through the church in agricultural development
• The critical importance of participatory, community owned, integrated and wholistic transformational development
• Conservation Agriculture, Permaculture and Climate Smart Solutions for small holder farmers - Examples from Kenya and the Philippines.

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Ethnic Reconciliation Leadership  from the Peace and Reconciliation Network in Canada.

Our world is becoming increasingly diverse, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. Leading an organization, church or an institution in a highly diverse community turns to become one of the major challenges in the world of tomorrow. How do Christian leaders create communities living in peace? In this workshop we will define the nature of reconciliation theologically and present a biblical model of reconciling leadership, testing its validity in multi-ethnic conflict settings. Such settings defined as zones of potential conflict must also be carefully explored and we are looking forward to discussing the context you are involved in and the application of the presented model.

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Research Findings on the Impact of Covid on Children and Youth - Transform Aid International, Australia.

Transform Aid International and partners presenting the results of their research on the impacts of Covid-19 on children and youth involved in projects across 6 countries.

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Listen to African Voices

Listen to African Voices

The five keynote speakers for the KUSHAMIRI | FLOURISH Consultation were drawn from Africans within the membership of Micah Global. Their biblical, contextually relevant, and personal talks will inspire, encourage and challenge. 

Creation and  Flourishing

Grace Pam from Eden Creation Care Initiative in Nigeria speaks to the place of creation within our understanding of flourishing.  

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Flourishing from within 

Jay Muindi of Life in Abundance shares from his experience of flourishing from within. 

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Flourishing and households 

Christo Greyling of World Vision talks about the role of households in flourishing. 

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Flourishing and congregations 

William Ouma of Harvest Land Ministries International speaks about the role of congregations in flourishing and the relationship between local congregations and development organisations. 

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Flourishing lives 

Nadine Bowers du Toit, Board member at The Warehouse, speak to the question of ‘how then shall we live’ in seeking flourishing. 

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M.Phatic talks

M.Phatic talks

M.Phatics - short talks that inspire, challenge and change

KUSHAMIRI | FLOURISH Micah Global Consultation September 2021

One of the community contributions for KUSHAMIRI | FLOURISH Micah Global Consultation 2021 was the M.Phatics short talks to inspire, challenge and change. Any participant or Micah member could share a ten-minute talk on any topic they are passionate about that relates to flourishing.

These talks cover topics ranging from supporting healthy parenting to climate justice, and the First 1000 Days of a child's life to land and spatial justice, and the Church in Lebanon shining in difficult times, and many more.

 Enjoy the variety of thoughts from a diverse group of people who long to see the kingdom of God 'come on earth as it is in heaven' and Jesus followers being involved in seeing the mission of God fulfilled in communities.

 

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Kushamiri Art and Photos

Kushamiri Art and Photos

Micah Global members have stories of hope and change from around the globe. 

We aim to share some of these stories here. We aim to share stories to bring hope and light and to keep mobilising for the global Church to lead the way in true transformation and shalom.

If you have a news story please email it to news@micahglobal.org.

STRENGTH in DELICACY 

Photographer: Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo, World Renew Executive Director, Canada

At the WEA Conference in Jakarta last year, Spiritual Care Teams, consisting of people from many countries, prayed with delegates and speakers. These teams believed in the power of prayer to positively change situations, attitudes and to prepare delegates and speakers to have an even more dynamic encounter with the Lord, His Word and His people at the Conference.

Strength in delicacy

LOVED not CURSED

Photographer: Accessible Hope International

Women with disabilities, previously believing God had cursed them, listening to Scripture together and discussing God’s love. This image demonstrates the flourishing of women with disabilities who were previously isolated, alone, and dishevelled. They believed they were worthless and treated themselves as such. They believed that God had cursed them and didn’t want them. Now they live in community. Their relationships with their families are being reconciled. They are hearing about a God who loves them, and has a purpose for them - and a purpose for their disability. 

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POCKETS of OCEANIC HOPE

Photographer: Linda Martindale

While swimming early one morning in a local tidal pool I met a woman whose eyes sparkled as she spoke with passion and joy about the life within the pool, life that I had mostly not noticed. From sea slugs to anemones to starfish, she introduced me to the ‘locals’ with whom I was swimming. She has been an advocate for the City to not clean the tidal pools with chemicals because of it what it does to this sea life, and has brought about change that means this starfish is alive and well. A seemingly small action showed me something significant – she is creating change in a small part of the world with her passion, knowledge and advocacy. Sometimes when I think nothing will change, I remember her – and how she is making change in a small way with excellence and impact. It reminds me that we must all do what we can, where we can, with passion and knowledge, and see things change, in big ways and small.

Pockets of Oceanic Hope

AFRICAN JOY

Photographer: Guy Stubbs

This photograph has always impacted me with questions. The little girl in the photograph is full of joy. Yet if one takes a closer look at her clothes, it becomes evident that they are threadbare and well worn. If one views the picture from a secular worldview, the question is asked how the girl can be happy even though she appears poor. And she was very poor. She was an orphan living with her sickly granny in a small hut that kept on collapsing due to the rain. But when speaking to her, I realised that she had hope. This picture reminds me that poverty is not necessarily just physical, it is emotional and spiritual. And when there is hope, physical poverty can be overcome. 

African joy

FLOURISHING EARTH

Photographer: Guy Stubbs

Flourishing Earth – when people work the land, good things grow. In our projects, we focus on helping people with little hope - people who are enslaved to manipulative dependency. Freeing transformation takes place when a person realises that with God's blessings they can change their own lives. The woman in this photograph has realised that the gifts given by God of resources, relationships and abilities have enabled her to transform her life from dependency to dignity.

 

Flourishing Earth

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Kushamiri poetry and songs

Kushamiri poetry and songs

Kushamiri celebrates poetry and songs during the week of togetherness and collaboration

We aim to share some of these poems and songs here. 

If you have any poetry or songs to share, please email them to news@micahglobal.org.

An acrostic nonet prayer for Kushamiri

King of all creation, Lord Jesus,
Under the tree and at your feet,
Speak to this consultation.
Help us to learn how we,
Abiding in you,
May bear much fruit.
In your life
Real life
Is.

by Salvatore Anthony Luiso

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