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And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. - Ephesians 6:18

We have merged Prayer Ignite into our regular monthly news mailing Micah Inform for now. These are our archived editions. To sign up for our Newsletter please select the SUBSCRIBE button below. 

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Micah Ignite Archive

2020

Standing Together in Prayer in 2020 - January 2020

Praise in the Public Square - February 2020

Prayer, Compassion and COVID-19 - March 2020

2019

Praying into 2019 - January 2019

Justice and Reconciliation - February 2019

Go in Peace - March 2019

Fear of Failure - April 2019

Don't Give up - May 2019

Caring for Creation - June 2019

Another Way - July 2019

Going Upstream - August 2019

Children Born to Hope - September 2019

Show us yourself, Lord - October 2019

The Church and Protest - November 2019

Change and the Public Square - December 2019

2018

Integral Mission and Politics - November 2018

Instigation for Resilience - October 2018

Just Worship - August 2018

Measuring Change - July 2018

A Message of Reconciliation - June 2018

Between the Now and the Not Yet - May 2018

Speaking Truth to Power - April 2018

Radical Unity in Christ - March 2018

Open Door - February 2018

Saved! - January 2018

 

2017

A Radical and Political Jesus - December 2017

Changing Politics - November 2017

A Call to Radical Prayer - October 2017

Who owns the World? - September 2017

The Mystery Solved - August 2017

Let Love Lead - July 2017

Why Pray? - June 2017

Rejoice, Pray and Give Thanks - May 2017

Love our Enemies? - April 2017

Jesus the Feminist - March 2017

Is it Really True? - February 2017

God of Possibilities - January 2017

2016

Prince of Peace - December 2016

Remembering Venezuela - Special Edition - December 2016

For what Purpose? - November 2016

Can we stop poverty? - October 2016

Integral Mission in Times of Violence - September 2016

Now and Not Yet - August 2016

Objective Neutrality - July 2016

Disagreement, Conflict and Unity - June 2016

Church and State, Religion and Politics - May 2016

Cosmic Redemption - April 2016

Living on the Margins - March 2016

Election - February 2016

Imagine Together - January 2016

2015

Everything New - December 2015

Person of Peace - November 2015

The Sovereign Slain Lamb - October 2015

Blessings & Woes - August 2015

The Cross Factor - July 2015

World Refugee Sunday - June 2015

Building the Wall - May 2015

Peace and Conflict - April 2015

Speaking Truth - March 2015

Your Kingdom Come - February 2015

January 2015 - Is that So?

2014

More Lord - December 2014

Can we Trust God? - November 2014

Responding to Ebola - October 2014

Good News / Bad News - September 2014

Signs of Hope - August 2014

A Blessing to the Nations - July 2014

Unanswered Prayer - May + June 2014

Rwanda 20 years on: April 2014

National Vision - March 2014

Urgent Prayer Focus: Ukraine and CAR - 1st March 2014

Shameless Audacity - February 2014

2013

Urgent Call to Prayer: Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Prayer Focus - November 2013: Solidarity

Prayer Focus - October 2013: A Kingdom Perspective

Prayer Focus - September 2013: Don't Bomb Syria

Micah Network Prayer Focus - August 2013

Micah Network Prayer Focus - July 2013

Micah Network Prayer Focus - June 2013

Micah Network Prayer Focus - May 2013

Micah Network Prayer Focus - April 2013

Micah Network Prayer Focus - March 2013

Micah Network Prayer Focus - February 2013

Micah Network Prayer Focus - January 2013

2012

Micah Network Prayer Focus - December 2012

Micah Network Prayer Focus - November 2012

Micah Network Prayer Focys - October 2012

Micah Network Prayer Focus - August 2012 (part 1)

Micah Network Prayer Focus - July 2012

Micah Network Prayer Focus - June 2012

Micah Network Prayer Focus - May 2012

Micah Network Prayer Focus - April 2012

Micah Network Prayer Focus - March 2012

Micah Network Prayer Focus - February 2012

Micah Network Prayer Focus - January 2012

2011

Micah Network Prayer Focus - December 2011

Micah Network Prayer Focus - November 2011

Micah Network Prayer Focus - October 2011

Micah Network Prayer Focus - September 2011

Micah Network Prayer Focus - August 2011

Micah Network Prayer Focus - July 2011

Micah Network Prayer Focus - June 2011

Micah Network Prayer Focus - May 2011

Micah Network Prayer Focus - April 2011

 

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Micah Global Triennial Consultation 2021

Hosted by the Africa Region

This event will take place online from 6 to 10 September. More details to follow soon.

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GC Stories

GC Stories

Micah Global gathers news from our members around the globe and also from our broader community. We aim to share news that will shine light on injustice and suffering, and that we will be witnesses to hope and change. We share news stories to remind us to pray and work and act for the common good of communities around the globe. We 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.

CTE Presidents call all churches to address racial injustice in church life and wider society

August 2020

Presidents of Churches Together in England, named below, with the support of the Fourth Presidency Group, have issued a statement calling on churches to travel together on the journey of racial justice, addressing injustices both within our church life and in wider society. They write…

 We as Presidents of Churches Together in England have responded to the killing of George Floyd in the United States, and the widespread call for real change to combat racial injustice in our world, above all in our own country. We have spent time over the past few weeks listening to voices of people from the black community, especially the younger generation. This has been a deeply moving experience and illustrated powerfully the many profound changes of heart and actions that need to be made. The attitude that regards black people – and indeed other people of ethnic minorities – as inferior is evil and mars our common humanity. We challenge this unreservedly, recognising the constant experiences of racism, including micro aggression, which black people face.

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Introducing our Incoming International Coordinator

July 2020

The Board of Micah Global is very pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Hancox as the incoming International Coordinator.

Christine MacMillan, the Micah Global Chair, noted that the process of selection has taken a bit longer than originally hoped for, as the Board agreed to a robust discernment process. “When we started the global recruitment process for a new global leader, we appointed an internationally and culturally diverse panel of five board members from Asia, Latin America, Africa, North America and the Pacific to help lead the process and prayerfully discern who would help lead Micah into the next season. We are so thankful to God that the person he brought us is such a great fit for the future of Micah’s global work.”

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WEA Expresses Concerns about Israeli Annexation Plans in West Bank

Deerfield, IL - June 23, 2020

As a global family made of various nations and ethnicities, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is guided and informed by the Biblical principles of diversity, reconciliation and peaceful co-operation and co-existence. While recognizing the right of self-determination by any nation and the right of any nation to defend itself from harm, the WEA expresses deep concerns over plans for Israel to annex large areas of the West Bank.

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WEA joins National Association of Evangelicals in Lamenting Racial Injustice, Calling for Prayer amid Recent Turmoil

Deerfield, IL - June 2, 2020

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) joins the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), its national member body in the United States, in lamenting the recent killing of a black unarmed man at the hands of a white police officer – a symptom of the racial injustice that continues to exist in the country. The WEA and evangelicals worldwide join together praying for an end to the violence that is overshadowing peaceful protests.

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Open Letter to the Church World Refugee Day 2020

By Thomas P. Albinson  - 22 June 2020

Few would disagree that the world is not as it should be. It feels like we are on a mutinous ship sailing off course into a hurricane in a war zone. And as much as we would like to focus on solving one crisis at a time, we have little choice but to deal with them all at the same time.

Among the challenges we need to keep on our radar is the escalating global refugee crisis. As is true for other great challenges of the 21st Century, the Church has potential to be an important part of the solution if she will dare stand up, speak out and take action.

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COVID-19/Coronavirus Information and Resources

24 March 2020

One of the strengths of being in a network such as Micah is that we have gifted and skilled members whose experiences can be shared throughout the network and wider Christian community so as to enable us all to be informed and effective in each of our own contexts, as we seek to be examples and witnesses.

You can view the resources we have so far. This information page will grow as members send in their stories their resources and learning and we can all benefit from one another. If you have materials to add please send to: info@micahglobal.org

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The Church, Covid-19 and Integral Mission

by Martin Kapenda, National Coordinator - Micah Zambia

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) broke out in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and on the 11th of March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a global pandemic. Normal life in many places has since been affected. COVID-19 is not just a healthy issue. It has also revealed different layers of socio-economic inequality in most of the countries. For instance, in the United Kingdom people from BAME (BLACK ASIANS AND MINORITY ETHNIC) communities appear to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. In the United States of America which has a higher number of Minorities than the UK, people of color (African Americans/Hispanic/Native Americans), have been some of the most affected. According to Sherita Golden (John Hopkins Medicine 4/2020), disproportionate rates of COVID -19 illness and death in Black, Latino/Hispanic and Native communities are more than in white communities. These communities, says Golden, “share common social and economic factors, already in place before the pandemic, that increased their risk for COVID-19”. She further observes that risk factors for people of colour include, living in crowded housing conditions, working in essential fields, inconsistent access to health care, and stress and immunity. Some of these factors also apply to communities at risk in other parts of the world.

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A Micah Global Community Update

15 April 2020

Micah Global announces the transition of leadership of the Chairperson of the Board as Kennedy Dhanabalan hands over to Christine MacMillan. Please read their letters to the Micah community below. If you have any queries, please email chair@micahglobal.org

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Events Cancelled

16 March 2020

A number of gatherings have been postponed due to concerns around COVID-19 transmission.

Micah Cameroon Roundtable leadership and Integral Mission conversations set for later in March have been postponed.

Micah Malaysia has postponed the Living God's Story gathering in May.

Micah Bangladesh has postponed its National Consultation and AGM in March.

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2019

04 DEC 2019 - Solidarity with Burkino Faso - WEA

03 DEC 2019 - Venezuelan Displacement Crisis

02 DEC 2019 - World Water Day - Leaving no-one behind

11 NOV 2019 - WEA General Assembly in Jakarta

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Consultation 2021 WORKING ON

Global Consultation 2021 - WORKING ON

Let's Gather! September 2021

Every three years, Micah Global members from around the world gather for a consultation that is hosted in turn by one of our regions. This year, Africa is our host. The African organising team would like to invite you to gather on-line during the month of September 2021 for worship, conversation, learning and networking. The theme of the consultation is KUSHAMIRI, which is the beautiful Kiswahili word for ‘flourish’. We will gather to reflect on how we as individuals, organisations and congregations flourish so that we may be catalysts for the flourishing of the communities we serve. And to explore how this is a flourishing for all seasons, and in difficult situations.
 
The flourishing we are seeking is described in the invitation and the promise of Jesus Christ to his followers: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is this active abiding, us in Christ and Christ in us, that we will consider during the consultation. We will also reflect on the fruit which such abiding produces, in our lives and in the communities where we are located. Considering flourishing from a biblical perspective, we are reminded also of the text in Revelation 22:2 where the tree of life has twelve kinds of fruit and produces fruit every month. And the leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations. As the Body of Christ, participating in God’s mission of holistic redemption, we are the instrument of current flourishing and the foretaste of future flourishing through our abiding and fruitfulness in Christ.
 
Here are a few details about the consultation, so you can begin to pray, think, discuss and plan. Registration will be open from 1 June 2021 and is open to members of Micah Global and non-members. The consultation will take place during the month of September 2021 and will consist of two elements. Firstly, KUSHAMIRI BROADCAST – a live, time-specific programme running online from 5 - 10 September. Secondly, KUSHAMIRI COMMUNITY – an online interaction space that will run from 1 - 30 September, where attendees engage in their own time. These two elements are described in more detail below. We welcome contributions from all Micah Global members for the KUSHAMIRI COMMUNITY space. 
 
May this word KUSHAMIRI | FLOURISH take root in our hearts and minds as we hear the invitation and the promise from the Lord to flourish and be agents of flourishing in our communities. And may we be inspired to bring our experiences of flourishing to the consultation, to share with each other.
 
Deborah Hancox                                    Christine MacMillan
International Coordinator                     Chairperson of Micah Global Board 

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This element consists of online content that will be available from 1 – 30 September for attendees to engage with in their own time. We invite you to contribute to Kushamiri Community content. Included in this are M-Phatics (short talks), papers, art and photographs, stories, songs and poems. In this Community space attendee organisations can also set up a digital booth in an electronic exhibition hall to make themselves known and to meet potential collaborators. There will be personal networking opportunities too.

 Kushamiri Broadcast

This element consists of the live events stretching from 5 – 10 September. It includes worship, devotions, keynote addresses, workshops, Under the Tree conversations, a prayer room for fellowship and a café for networking. Kushamiri Broadcast is our organised LIVE time together starting on Sunday 5th September with an opening gathering and closing on Friday 10th with a closing ceremony. 

Kushamiri Contributions  

The global consultation is a place to learn from one another, network  and initiate collaborations that bring us closer to seeing God’s kingdom come on earth. Be a part of Kushamiri and share your ideas, experience, knowledge, creativity and skill with the other participants. The deadline for the contributions is the 23rd of July. Find out more about what you can bring here. The Consultation team, with the help of relevant specialists, will decide which contributions to make available. Queries and contributions should be sent to events@micahglobal.org.

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Kushamiri Community Contributions

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The joy of being part of a network is that we learn from a wide variety of perspectives, ways of thinking and being, and cultures and contexts. The more members and guests who participate in making contributions, the richer our learning and growth in understanding will be. Thank you to every participant who contributed by sharing ideas, experience, knowledge, creativity and skill with the other participants. #KUSHAMIRI
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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
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Thoughts on René Padilla, Micah and our world today

Dr Melba Maggay, Micah President, writes for our Micah community on René Padilla's life and legacy.

Dr. René Padilla, my predecessor as President of Micah Global, has been honored by Christianity Today as the ‘father of Integral Mission.’ This is a sign that the evangelical world has begun to appreciate that the mission of the church is not just evangelism, but all the parts of what we mean by the ‘whole gospel.’ Now this phrase, ‘integral mission,’ was a matter of initial debate in the committee that drafted the Micah Network Declaration in 2001, hot on the heels of 9/11 -- the bombing of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The drafters were Señor René, Dewi Hughes, Tim Chester and myself. I had wanted ‘wholistic mission,’ as this seems more immediately understandable to the non-English speaking world than the more abstract  ‘misión integral’ in Spanish. But Señor René insisted that in Spanish it means all that is essential or necessary for completeness, the making of something into a whole by bringing all the parts together.

Upon reflection, I could see why Señor René insisted on the word ‘integral.’ None of us sees the gospel as a ‘whole’ at first instance. We are like the seven blind men who thought that the part of the elephant each had managed to grasp is the entire elephant, when it was merely the tail or the leg or the tusk, or the body that felt like a wall. What we think of as the ‘whole gospel’ is really a work in progress. We all see through a glass darkly. It is only when the “manifold wisdom of God” is fully revealed through the churches in their many-coloured cultural lenses that we can get a full picture of this vast mosaic we call the ‘whole gospel.’

This coming into wholeness is a long journey. It has been half a century since Señor René and Samuel Escobar and others from what is now known as the ‘Majority World’ fought for the inclusion of this statement in the 1974 Lausanne Covenant as drafted by John Stott: “We affirm that evangelism and socio-political involvement are both parts of our Christian duty. Evangelism and social responsibility, while distinct from one another, are integrally related in our proclamation of and obedience to the gospel.”

We note, however, that there is a lingering dualism, a hint of the sacred-and-secular divide, even in succeeding Lausanne declarations. We see this in the statement put out by the Consultation on the Relationship between Evangelism and Social Responsibility held in Grand Rapids in 1982: “Social action can precede, accompany and follow evangelism; but evangelism is priority for it relates to people’s eternal destiny, and in bringing them Good News of salvation Christians are doing what nobody else can do.” It seems to me that Jesus in the course of his life and ministry saw all that he was doing as eternally significant, whether he was healing the sick or casting out demons; he saw the giving of a cup of water as just as spiritual as confronting demoniacs. (Mark 9:38-41)

It is this divide between the natural and the supernatural that these words of the Micah Declaration was speaking to: “It is not simply that evangelism and social involvement are to be done alongside each other. Rather, in integral mission our proclamation has social consequences as we call people to love and repentance in all areas of life. And our social involvement has evangelistic consequences as we bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ.”  Actions in the realm of the social or natural world, like Jesus healing the blind and dumb demoniac, advance the cause of the kingdom in ways that may be hidden to us. “If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons,” he tells his adversaries, “then the kingdom has come upon you.” (Matthew 12:22-28) The kingdom’s presence is proclaimed whenever the church gains courage to storm the gates of hell.

This brings me to the other, yet unattended parts of this ‘whole gospel,’ as contained in the Micah Declaration: “Justice and justification by faith, worship and political action, the spiritual and the material, personal change and structural change, belong together. As in the life of Jesus, being, doing and saying are at the heart of the integral task.” The valiant battle for wholism waged by Señor René and his contemporaries was necessarily defined by the perceived tension between evangelism and social action, between what is deemed significant for this life only and what is important for the next one. He was fighting theologians who were inheritors of the Greek mental habit of separating the ‘essence,’ the timeless, incorporeal things like the ‘soul’,  from the mere ‘form’ or appearance, like our bodies. Hence, all the talk in the West about the ‘minimum irreducible core’ of the gospel, in contrast to those of us who see the Bible as a rich treasure trove of concrete narratives speaking contextually to specific peoples.

The past 50 years has seen the churches moving towards serving poor communities. There has been a mushrooming of faith-based development initiatives, as indicated by the growth of the Micah community itself. This is all well and good. Experience shows, however, that the small gains we are able to achieve in grassroots communities get easily wiped out by disasters, both natural and political. Today, the global pandemic we are experiencing is in a way ‘apocalyptic,’ but not in the sense of doomsayers talking of the ‘end times,’ but in the sense of revealing to us, front and center, the systemic injustice more and  more uncovered by our broken health systems, and the wounds dealt creation which continue to be unaddressed.

India, Brazil and the Philippines are showing what happens when a disaster of this magnitude are presided over by demagogues posing as populists. Globally, there is a decided drift towards illiberal democracies, and a tightening of the noose on those captive to communist regimes. In the case of the Philippines, lockdown is used as a form of social control, an opportunity to red-tag all dissenters and clap them to jail or in many instances, kill them. Unfortunately, churches that are recipients of bad mission influences have yet to be decolonized theologically. Churches in much of the world continue to be demobilized by undue emphasis on securing a ticket to heaven, never mind the troubles of the world since it is anyway a sinking ship. I have been told again and again by well-meaning evangelical friends that we should just evangelize and not get too worked up about justice in society since we are in the last days.

This view of the ‘end times’ has been prevalent in these days of sickness and death. This is not new historically. Cyprian, bishop of Carthage during the outbreak of a plague that started in 249 AD and lasted for nearly 20 years, also felt that the end of the world was near. The plague at its height claimed the lives of 5,000 people a day in Rome and caused the death of  two emperors. This resulted in political instability as claimants to the throne jockeyed for position. Countryside populations were decimated as farmers fled to the cities and agricultural production stopped, resulting in famine. Lack of food weakened the Roman armies stationed in the frontlines. Political disorder and unstable leadership led to the eventual decline of the empire. In contrast, it is said that only the nascent Christian church benefitted from the chaos. Christians played an active role in caring for the sick, as well as in providing care in the burial of the dead. Cyprian was quoted as saying, as he saw the disintegration of the dying empire: “Let us stand upright amid the ruins of the world, and not lie on the ground as those who have no hope.”

This pandemic is showing up what we, as human beings and as Christians, are made of. In a liminal space such as this, when we can no longer go back to the ‘old normal,’ and what is ahead is volatile and uncertain, the temptation is to simply hang on to what is familiar and opt for more of the same. Instead of seeing this space as a gift given to us  so that we come face to face with what needs critiquing and changing, we may long to just fall back on social habits and old arrangements of reality that we think are normal because they have been routinized, even if shown to be bad or unjust. With all the restrictions, it may be that we are being invited to new ways of doing works of mercy. Where I sit, community pantries have sprung up all over the country, alongside the ubiquitous presence of the military. We are rediscovering each other as neighbor, the pull of compassion overcoming the fear of contamination, even of intimidation from abusive authorities.

At the same time, the narrowing of democratic space may also be an invitation for us as a global community to think of how to stand together for justice in places like Myanmar or even among the persecuted churches, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. In times like this, I long for an older and wiser voice like that of our brother René Padilla who has blazed a trail for us through the thicket of tortuous theologies that have blurred our vision of each of our social realities and what can be done about them. I am also at a time in life when the range of where my energies can be deployed has been severely narrowed. However, the Lord himself tells us that when we are truly a confessing church, the Body of Christ witnessing to the historic presence of the risen Jesus on earth, we can have confidence that the gates of hell shall not prevail against us.

Melba Padilla Maggay, Ph.D. President Micah Global

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Consultation 2021

Consultation 2021

Let's Gather! September 2021

Every three years, Micah Global members from around the world gather for a consultation that is hosted in turn by one of our regions. This year, Africa is our host. The African organising team would like to invite you to gather on-line during the month of September 2021 for worship, conversation, learning and networking. The theme of the consultation is KUSHAMIRI, which is the beautiful Kiswahili word for ‘flourish’. We will gather to reflect on how we as individuals, organisations and congregations flourish so that we may be catalysts for the flourishing of the communities we serve. And to explore how this is a flourishing for all seasons, and in difficult situations.
 
The flourishing we are seeking is described in the invitation and the promise of Jesus Christ to his followers: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is this active abiding, us in Christ and Christ in us, that we will consider during the consultation. We will also reflect on the fruit which such abiding produces, in our lives and in the communities where we are located. Considering flourishing from a biblical perspective, we are reminded also of the text in Revelation 22:2 where the tree of life has twelve kinds of fruit and produces fruit every month. And the leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations. As the Body of Christ, participating in God’s mission of holistic redemption, we are the instrument of current flourishing and the foretaste of future flourishing through our abiding and fruitfulness in Christ.
 
Here are a few details about the consultation, so you can begin to pray, think, discuss and plan. Registration will be open from 1 June 2021 and is open to members of Micah Global and non-members. The consultation will take place during the month of September 2021 and will consist of two elements. Firstly, KUSHAMIRI BROADCAST – a live, time-specific programme running online from 5 - 10 September. Secondly, KUSHAMIRI COMMUNITY – an online interaction space that will run from 1 - 30 September, where attendees engage in their own time. These two elements are described in more detail below. We welcome contributions from all Micah Global members for the KUSHAMIRI COMMUNITY space. 
 
May this word KUSHAMIRI | FLOURISH take root in our hearts and minds as we hear the invitation and the promise from the Lord to flourish and be agents of flourishing in our communities. And may we be inspired to bring our experiences of flourishing to the consultation, to share with each other.
 
Deborah Hancox                                    Christine MacMillan
International Coordinator                     Chairperson of Micah Global Board 

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This element consists of online content that will be available from 1 – 30 September for attendees to engage with in their own time. We invite you to contribute to Kushamiri Community content. Included in this are M-Phatics (short talks), papers, art and photographs, stories, songs and poems. In this Community space attendee organisations can also set up a digital booth in an electronic exhibition hall to make themselves known and to meet potential collaborators. There will be personal networking opportunities too.

 Kushamiri Broadcast

This element consists of the live events stretching from 5 – 10 September. It includes worship, devotions, keynote addresses, workshops, Under the Tree conversations, a prayer room for fellowship and a café for networking. Kushamiri Broadcast is our organised LIVE time together starting on Sunday 5th September with an opening gathering and closing on Friday 10th with a closing ceremony. 

Kushamiri Contributions

The global consultation is a place to learn from one another, network  and initiate collaborations that bring us closer to seeing God’s kingdom come on earth. Be a part of Kushamiri and share your ideas, experience, knowledge, creativity and skill with the other participants. The deadline for the contributions is the 13th August 2021. Find out more about what you can bring here. The Consultation team, with the help of relevant specialists, will decide which contributions to make available. Queries and contributions should be sent to events@micahglobal.org.

Please email events@micahglobal.org for more information

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Let’s Gather! September 2021

Every three years, Micah Global members from around the world gather for a consultation that is hosted in turn by one of our regions. This year, Africa is our host. The African organising team would like to invite you to gather on-line during the month of September 2021 for worship, conversation, learning and networking. The theme of the consultation is KUSHAMIRI, which is the beautiful Kiswahili word for ‘flourish’. We will gather to reflect on how we as individuals, organisations and congregations flourish so that we may be catalysts for the flourishing of the communities we serve. And to explore how this is a flourishing for all seasons, and in difficult situations.

The flourishing we are seeking is described in the invitation and the promise of Jesus Christ to his followers: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is this active abiding, us in Christ and Christ in us, that we will consider during the consultation. We will also reflect on the fruit which such abiding produces, in our lives and in the communities where we are located. Considering flourishing from a biblical perspective, we are reminded also of the text in Revelation 22:2 where the tree of life has twelve kinds of fruit and produces fruit every month. And the leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations. As the Body of Christ, participating in God’s mission of holistic redemption, we are the instrument of current flourishing and the foretaste of future flourishing through our abiding and fruitfulness in Christ.

Here are a few details about the consultation, so you can begin to pray, think, discuss and plan. Registration will be open from 1 June 2021 and is open to members of Micah Global and non-members. The consultation will take place during the month of September 2021 and will consist of two elements. Firstly, KUSHAMIRI BROADCAST – a live, time-specific programme running online from 5 - 10 September. Secondly, KUSHAMIRI COMMUNITY – an online interaction space that will run from 1 - 30 September, where attendees engage in their own time. We welcome contributions from all Micah Global members for the KUSHAMIRI COMMUNITY space.

May this word KUSHAMIRI | FLOURISH take root in our hearts and minds as we hear the invitation and the promise from the Lord to flourish and be agents of flourishing in our communities. And may we be inspired to bring our experiences of flourishing to the consultation, to share with each other.

 

Christine MacMillan - Chairperson of Micah Global Board and Deborah Hancox - International Coordinator 

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Connecting Beyond Borders

I live in the desert. The high beautiful rugged Chihuahuan desert covering north central Mexico and the southwestern United States. My city lies on the shores of the Rio Grande river, or the Rio Bravo, depending which side you are on, a river meandering over 3,000 kilometers from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. As the river passes through our region, the sister cities of El Paso and Ciudad Júarez, it abruptly becomes the dividing line between the United States and Mexico, and remains the dividing line for the rest of its journey, snaking another 2,000 kilometers to the south and east.

The river, a source of sustenance and beauty and rest and life in the desert, has been transformed into a wall of division. A wall defining specific boundaries and separating those who are in from those who are out and those who are out from those who are in. Until about 60 years ago the river would still meander when it flooded, changing its pathway, as if to defy efforts to control the line. Yet in more recent years it has become increasingly channelized and fortified.

Like so many places in the world, our region has been affected by waves of colonization. First the Spaniards swept through in the late 1500’s, subjugating the many native tribes in the area. Then it became part of the newly formed nation of Mexico after independence from Spain. The United States wrested control of the area from Mexico in 1848 as part of its effort to expand westward in order to span from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. It is not uncommon to hear someone in these parts say “I didn’t cross the border. The border crossed me.” What once was connected is now divided. And the dividing wall keeps being built higher in an effort to emphasize this division.

And yet the twin cities of El Paso in the United States and Ciudad Júarez in Mexico are so intricately intertwined. There is a shared heritage, a mix of culture, of language, of music, of food, of commerce, of humor. Family members live on both sides of the border, sometimes crossing daily for work or for school, or to visit their grandparents and shop. Many children in my neighborhood spend their weekends on the other side of town, which happens to be in another country. We are so interconnected. And yet there is a wall dividing us, and the contrasts are stark.

The El Paso-Juarez metropolis represents a microcosm of so many of the issues facing our world today, and the issues facing so many of us as members of Micah Global. A world increasingly divided between those who have so much and those who have very little. A world where political, military, economic, and often religious interests combine to move forward in ways that make sense for the powerful, but have dire consequences for the vulnerable. How do we respond to larger issues of power, injustice, religiously-sanctioned oppression, stark income inequality, nationalism, racial tensions, historical trauma, current trauma, and, in some instances, the marriage of Christianity and empire?

In our context, we struggle daily with what it means to live and walk in the way of Jesus in the midst of these forces. How do we act justly? How do we love mercy? How do we walk humbly with our God? How do we speak truth and bring to light that which is hidden? How do we love our neighbors? How do we embody a wholistic, integrated Gospel?

Many questions remain, and yet, along with the global family of Micah, we know that inspired ways forward emerge as we fall to our knees, develop friendships, listen deeply to our neighbors, draw close to the margins, elevate voices of the hurting, cry out in agony with those who suffer, leverage what we have, and open up opportunities for learning and encounters. And somewhere along the journey we regain a sense of our interconnectedness despite the barriers separating us.

Sami DiPasquale Micah Global Board Member, Executive Director of Abara El Paso, Texas, USA
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NIGERIA NATIONAL CONSULTATION 2021

MICAH NIGERIA NATIONAL CONSULTATION 2021

Date: 25th - 28th April, 2021

Venue: Carter Conlon Retreat Center, Jos, Plateau State

Theme: Integral Mission & Shalom (Addressing Poverty, Terrorism & Banditry)

Registration fee: N20, 000 (Nigerian Naira)

Payable to: Global Relief & Development Mission.

Account no: 1011120071

Bank: Zenith Bank plc

Contact details:

Akanimoh Peter :         Email: pakanimoh065 @gmail.com  (08024208145)

Benjamin Osawe:         Email: benjamin. osawe@Tearfund.org

Adeolu Olanrewaju :    Email: oadeoluwafelix@gmail.com

REGISTER

Workshop Tracks:

  1. Peace & Security: Towards a social justice agenda for Nigeria
  2. Corruption in Security management
  3. Gold, Guns and Graves:  Breaking the nexus of desolation, displacements and deaths in Nigeria
  4. COVID, Recession, Climate change and National Security.
  5. Demographic dividend versus demographic disaster: Engaging young people   in Transformative processes in Nigeria
  6. Faith Communities and Peace: Crossing the dividing line of hostilities
  7. Leading in times of Crisis
  8. Emergency Preparedness & Response: Community Safety and Security Plan
  9. The Local Church & integral Mission Partnerships: Supporting Transition towards justice peaceful societies
  10. Theological training & Integral Mission: Contextualizing and connecting Theology of Integral Mission practice.
  11. Money & Entrepreneurship: Breaking the twin evil of unemployment & under employment towards productive Industry!
  12. Education for Shalom: raising a responsive generation committed to peace & progress of the Nigerian State!

Details of Workshop Tracks:

  1. Peace & Security: Towards a social justice agenda for Nigeria. Nigeria has in the last 60years gone through challenging upheavals occasioned by cycles  of  low grade conflicts, ethno-religious conflicts, separatist agitations, banditry to  insurgency and threats  of civil war. The morphing of these conflicts over the last few years has not only created a sense of generalized insecurity and fear across the nation but also resulted in avoidable bloodletting, deaths and underdevelopment. This session among other things does not only look at the linkages between Peace, Security and justice but put forward a coherent social justice agenda  for the nation contributing to  creating conditions for  national development.
  2. Corruption in Security management. The Nigeria Military historically has been applauded as one of the most professional militaries globally given the historic feat in Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as in other peacekeeping missions. Similarly, the Nigeria Police Force has also been applauded as a professional force given the several ways officers of the force had distinguished themselves in various United Nations missions. However, in the last few years especially with the emergence of the Boko Haram Insurgency  and current challenges with banditry and kidnappings, the nation’s security forces have seemingly been  caught flat footed and  unable to address  the multidimensional security challenges  which constitute existential threats to the nation. This session among other issues examines the role corruption plays in security management and puts forward approaches that strengthen Nigeria security system transforming it to the path of  transparency not only generating confidence in the citizenry but also playing the statutory roles of securing the nation.
  3. Gold, Guns and Graves:  Breaking the nexus of desolation, displacements and deaths in Nigeria. The linkages between Gold and Guns have been identified in gold mining communities of Zamfara and BirninGwari in Kaduna state. Given the state of Nigeria’s porous borders, and several ungoverned spaces around these mining locations, external insurgency movements and their domestic franchises have been shown to be involved in Gold mining with a view to  not only exporting such ‘blood gold’  but also deploy guns as a medium of exchange  through an underground alternative economy.  This alliance between the trade in gold and the adoption of guns as a medium of exchange creates an ‘ecosystem of evil ‘turning the nation into a huge graveyard.This sessions looks at the 3Gs(Gold, Guns and Graves) with a view to putting forth practical pathways that enables the Nigerian nation break this ‘unholy trinity’ addressing fundamentally the current crisis.
  4. COVID-19, Recession, Climate change and National Security. The convergence of three waves(COVID-19, recession and Climate Change have spurned tides akin to a ‘Tsunami’ precipitating crisis in Nigeria. Given Nigeria’s near total dependence on crude oil exports, COVID -19 resulted in the collapse in Oil prices, negative economic growth (-5.1% ),recession first in 25 years and contraction of GDP between 6.9% and 8%. The impacts of this has been that the nation has been reeling under a social crisis necessitating urgent interventions. This session examines the linkages between COVID-19, Recession, Climate change and National Security and puts forth clear headed practical proposals that enables Nigeria navigate these murky waters.
  5. Demographic dividend versus demographic disaster: Engaging young people in Transformative processes in Nigeria. The Endsars protest drew attention to  one of the nation’s contradictions  that have hitherto been ignored. Nigeria’s 200milion+ population is a Youth population, however many of these youth belong to a category called ‘NEET’(Not Educated, Not unemployed and Not engaged). Given the high level of youth exclusion from the development process, poverty and unemployment which have thrown up a mas of disillusioned youth, it is not surprising that the nation confronted a youth revolt  in October 2020. The question for Nigeria at this historic moment is whether or not the nation will deploy youth energies, creativity and inventiveness towards reaping national dividends or maintaining the current status quo leading to demographic disaster. This session puts forward concrete proposals enabling the nation engage the youth and creating a template for deploying youth in transformation processes in the nation serving to reap huge national dividends.
  6. Faith Communities and Peace: Crossing the dividing line of hostilities. Faith serves as an instrument of common societal good, However, given manipulation of faith conditions are created leading to hate and conflicts as categories defined as ‘other’ are created. This session explores approaches going beyond the rhetoric of ‘interfaith dialogues’ to truthful conversations contributing to sustainable peace as faith communities cross the dividing lines of hostilities.
  7. Leading in times of Crisis: Everything rises and falls on leadership’(John Maxwell).  Crisis presents unusual context and challenges to leadership. An attempt to ‘switch to autopilot’ in the midst of turbulence thrown up by crisis faced whether at organizational or national level invites disaster. This session puts forth-innovative approaches enabling leaders navigate turbulence during crisis.
  8. Emergency Preparedness & Response: Community Safety and Security Plan. Emergency Preparedness & Response skills have been found to be deficient in Churches, Communities, towns and nationally. The implication has been that the onset of Emergencies and disasters results in disproportionately high casualty figures. This session puts forth-practical approaches that enables organizations and in particular communities develop and operationalize their safety and security plans within a challenging external context.
  9. The Local Church & integral Mission Partnerships: Supporting transition towards just and peaceful societies. The Local Church given its spiritual, physical and human infrastructure is in a position to drive the nation towards justice, peace and security. In order to achieve this however, it is critical for local churches to pursue integral mission partnerships.  This session enables the local Churches to understand how to access capacity building, resources and Integral mission platforms that puts them on the path of playing their strategic roles at this moment in Nigeria’s national history.
  10. Theological training & Integral Mission: Contextualizing and connecting Theology of Integral Mission practice. Theology has been described rightly as the ‘Queen of the sciences’. In order for theology to stay true to this description there is the necessity for it to transition from debates which though needed as part of reflections in interrogating issues to enabling theology  engage the ‘big issues’ in the context.  In other words, given current flux and disruptions within the national and global context and in particular the broad range of multidisciplinary issues that confront individuals and nations, it’s imperative that theology connects with the diversity of issues serving to input into reflections and conversations around contemporary issues. This session makes a robust contribution to understanding how theological training can shape the training of leaders such that the Church not only promotes whole life transformation but also shepherds the nation providing prophetic and focused thought leadership.
  11. Money & Entrepreneurship, breaking the twin evil of unemployment and underemployment towards productive industry. Nigeria’s jobless rate currently at 33.3% has more than quadrupled over the last five years .More than 60% of Nigeria’s working-age population is younger than 34. Unemployment for people aged 15 to 24 stood at 53.4% in the fourth quarter, and at 37.2% for people aged 25 to 34. The jobless rate for women was 35.2% compared with 31.8% for men. A third of the 69.7 million-strong labor force are unemployed with 15.9 million are underemployed (Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, March 2021). Breaking the twin evil of unemployment and underemployment requires a shift from the historical paradigm of having the government as the largest employer of Labour. This session does not only look at the current challenges and how unemployment and underemployment creates conditions for social crises but also put forth   perspectives and practical approaches on models that can be adopted to seed the culture of entrepreneurship within a supportive policy framework and access to venture capital enabling  citizens create wealth towards national prosperity.
  12. Education in Times of Crisis: Moving towards safer schools. In the last several Nigeria experienced three key challenges, which affected the quality of its Nigeria’s educational systems. These were (a) Maintenance of a  curriculum that is not responsive to the needs of the changing society(b) Infrastructural deficit (c) pedagogical approaches that is anchored on ROTE learning that does not support critical thinking, creativity and innovations. However by far one of the greatest challenges the educational sector has faced is the current challenge of insecurity where schools have become the game for bandits who have been kidnapping for ransom. Beginning  with  the killings of  fifty-nine boys at the Federal Government College Buni Yadi in Yobe State(2014, Nigeria has witnessed abductions of students at Chibok(2018), Dapchi(2018), Kankara(2020), Jengebe(2021), Kaduna school of Forestry Mechanization(2021).  The reality of the crisis is reflected in the closure of 618Schools across Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Katsina, Niger and Yobe states.(https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2021/03/15/618). Given the Federal government’s recent call for vigilance by school proprietors and citizens that its unable to secure all schools, it is clear that urgent innovative approaches needs to be developed to keep our schools safe and prevent a collapse of the nation’s educational system.
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