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“And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.” 

Micah 6:8

 
 
The 20th May 2007 is 'Blow the Whistle Sunday', when churches around the UK will be focusing on issues of global poverty and God’s call to justice, mercy and humility.
           
 

Blow the Whistle

 
In 2000 the world’s leaders, including those of the UK, committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 when they signed the Millennium Declaration. 2007 marks the half-way point to the fulfilment of the MDGs, and it’s time to Blow the Whistle to ensure our Government and others around the world over honour their promises.
 
Since 2000, poverty and poverty-related issues have sprung up on government agendas worldwide yet progress has been poor and in many areas the situation is worse than before. Blow the Whistle is calling on our Government and the international community to look at the half-time scores and resolve to turn this match around so that extreme poverty and hunger really are halved by 2015. 
 
There are five specific areas the campaign is focusing on at this time because they are urgent and  the British Government can actually do something to meet these requests.
These areas are (click on each one for more information):
You can join with thousands of others and participate in the Blow the Whistle campaign by:-
  1. Sending a Postcard for Justice to the Prime Minister (available on Church Welcome Desk)
  2. Writing a Letter for Mercy to your local MP (read suggestion notes here)  
  3. Offering Up Prayers of Humility (six weeks of guided prayers available from 21st May) 
  4. Joining the Blow the Whistle Worship Service and Rally on 2nd June in London
 

Micah Challenge

 
Micah Challenge UK is a coalition of Christian organisations and churches in Britain, united in their concern to fight global poverty. It is part of the international Micah Challenge movement of churches and Christian agencies uniting to hold their governments to account for the promises they made towards the fulfilment of the MDGs.
 
The challenge at the heart of the movement is Micah 6:8. “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” 
 
Micah Challenge seeks transformational change in society, through the active involvement of the church with the poor and against the injustices of poverty. It seeks to sensitise and engage Christians into greater political and practical involvement with the issues relating to poverty by highlighting biblical truths which prompt a compassion of heart.

 

To find out more about how to get involved, try searching the on-line Micah Members' Directory

 

Further details about Micah Challenge can be found at www.micahchallenge.org.uk


Paul Taylor, 17/05/2007