Micah Sunday 2012
In September 2000, UN member states have committed to halving global poverty by 2015. The deadline is fast approaching, but global poverty is still a grim reality.
Micah Challenge is a global movement encouraging Christians to be in solidarity with the poor and be their advocates. It aims to deepen Christians’ burden to the poor communities and hold governments accountable to their pledges within the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
As the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is annually observed on 17 October, CEDAR is calling churches and Christians to set 14 October (or any other day in October) as ‘Micah Sunday’. Together let us remember the global/ local poverty and injustice through prayers and actions.
He has showed you, O man, what is good. 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)
Eye on the World
- 1.29 billion people are living under the poverty line, surviving on no more than $1.25 USD a day.
- The maternal mortality rate is very high in the poorest region. In Uganda, 16 women die every day from childbirth complications.
- 19% of rural population has no access to clean water.
- Almost half of the population in developing countries (2.5 billion) lack improved sanitation facilities.
- Diarrhea is a leading cause of child mortality. It takes the lives of nearly 2,200 children each day.
- Hunger is still a big challenge. 850 million people are hungry.
- 863 million people are now living in urban slums of very poor living environment.
Focus on Local
- The local poverty rate continues rising to 17.8%. 1.2 million people are living in low-income/ poor families.
- Hong Kong’s wealth gap, already the biggest in Asia, widened further. Hong Kong’s Gini coefficient gained to 0.537.
- More than half of new arrival women earns less than $6,000 HKD a month
- 100,000 people are living in cubicles, cage homes and rooftop structures.
- Elderly poverty rate is high as 33.4%. 290,000 seniors are living in poor households.
Staring at the straits of our neighbours near and far, how dare we, as the Lord’s followers, harden our hearts?
Micah Prayer (Suggested)
O Lord, our great and awesome God,
loyal to your promise of love and faithful to all who honour and obey you.
Hear our prayer.
We pray for those of us who live in poverty,
we cry out for those who are denied justice and we weep for all who are suffering.
We confess that we have not always obeyed you.
We have neglected your commands and have ignored your call to justice.
We have not always spoken out for justice.
We have been guided by our interests and divided by our differences.
We remember your promises to fill the hungry with good things, to redeem the land by your mighty hand and to restore peace.
Father God, help us always to proclaim your justice and mercy with humility, so that, by the power of your Spirit,
we can rid the world of the sin of extreme poverty.
As part of your global church, we stand with millions who praise and worship you.
May our words and deeds declare your perfect goodness,
love and righteousness to both the powerful and the powerless, so that your Kingdom may come on earth as it is in heaven.
- Prepare a sermon on ‘Mercy and Justice’
- Use the Micah Prayer in the Sunday service
- Exhibit CEDAR’s 8 newly designed infographic to introduce the current situation of global and local poverty to your church.
- Donate the offering received to support the poverty work.
- Organise other activities, e.g. Rich and poor feast, visits and etc.
From 17 September to 14 October,
- Live Simply.
- Donate one-day worth of your income to support a poverty alleviation ministry of your choice
- Check postings on facebook.com/cedarfund to guide your prayer for the poor and disadvantaged each week.
More creative actions are welcome. Let love walk!
More information and action suggestions will be released soon.