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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. 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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Download the flyers below in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and English

Español
Français
Português
Pусский
English
Please register here
Community
Broadcast
Contributions

Kushamiri Community

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 15th of July so we all have ten weeks to prepare. Find out more about what you can bring below. 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.

How can I contribute to Kushamiri

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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

Global 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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Download the flyers below in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and English

Español
Français
Português
Pусский
English
Please register here
Community
Broadcast
Contributions

Kushamiri Community

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 15th of July so we all have ten weeks to prepare. Find out more about what you can bring below. 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.

How can I contribute to Kushamiri

Please email events@micahglobal.org for more information

Connect Through Social Media:

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Contact us: info@micahglobal.org
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Registered Company: 4669640
Registered in the United Kingdom

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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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Our Missional Calling

Do you remember a time when you felt God calling you to a specific type of work or ministry? I do! It happened about 20 years ago and, whilst that calling has expanded and developed over time, it has not fundamentally changed. At the start of 2021, I feel it would be good for all of us, as individuals and organisations, to revisit the calling that we feel we are pursuing into the new year. And with this in mind, I would like to share some thoughts on calling. When thinking about calling as a Christian, I like to think in terms of missional calling, that is, the calling on all Christians to be active participants in God’s holistic mission.  Chris Wright, in his books The Mission of God (2006) and The Mission of God’s People (2010) helps us to understand our missional calling in three ways.

Firstly, missional calling is about being called to be the people of God. In the Old Testament, this call was given to Israel, for them to be set apart from the other nations, witnessing to the nature of God, in a loving, worship-full relationship and living according to God’s commands. In the New Testament, where there is “neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28), the call to be the people of God is given to the Church, the ekklesia, the called out or summoned ones:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Peter 2:9-10).

The people of God are those who have experienced God’s grace and are “called to live in response to that grace, with lives that represent God to the world and that show the difference between the holinessof the living God, seen especially in the face of Jesus Christ, and the degraded ugliness and impotence of the false gods that surround us” (Wright, 2010:127).

Secondly, missional calling is a calling to ethical living by walking in the way of the Lord. God told Abraham that he and his descendants should “keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice” (Gen 18:19) and this theme, of an ethical and compassionate calling given to the people of God, is a major theme in the Old Testament and continues centrally in the New Testament in the ministry and teachings of Jesus and the writings of the apostles. It is the way of compassion, righteousness and justice arising from God’s love for the world and refers to both the imitation of God (seeking to be holy as he is holy) and following him as guide and example, obeying instructions given by him. The way of the Lord that we follow is worked out in relationship between God and God’s people, worked out in the direct experiences of life. Walking in the way of the Lord is the active following of Christ. It is about seeking to live out of an ethic of a kingdom which has a king. It is a call to obediently follow the God who is at once King and Father.

Thirdly, missional calling is a calling to be a blessing to all people. Chris Wright suggests that Christian calling is well expressed by the word blessing. He describes blessing as a “richly life-affirming word” (2010: 68) present throughout the Bible. Being the people of God and walking in his ways, so that God’s mission of extending his blessing to all people takes place, summarises the missional calling on all Christians. Indeed, as Wright observes, the very motivation for God’s people to live by God’s law is to bless the nations, thus, making mission and ethics inseparable.

Within this threefold understanding of our general missional calling, we also often receive a specific calling that fits with who God created each one of us to be, and the contexts and places in which we find ourselves to be living. I pray for each one of you that as you take time individually and organisationally to consider both the general and specific calling you have received, that you will again hear the Lord saying, with great love and excitement, “Come! Follow me!”

Deborah Hancox International Coordinator, Micah Global
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Micah Malaysia

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Introducing Micah Malaysia

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia that is blessed with a multitude of ethnicities and cultures. It draws a rich heritage from its Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Indigenous peoples. Straddling the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, its geographic importance and rich biodiversity brought Dutch and British influence in the 18th century. These colonials also spread Christianity throughout the country, with a steady 10% of the 32-million population nation keeping the faith throughout the years, with many residing in the eastern island of Borneo. A middle-income country, Malaysians share a love of food and badminton. 

However, issues of poverty and injustice are present. Racial, religious, and political tensions have bloomed, and a reliance on foreign workers and migrants in local industries, as well as refugees fleeing persecution, have added pressure to Malaysia's society. As needs rise and grow, it is all the more necessary that justice, mercy, and love come to the fore.

Micah Malaysia is a growing network of local Christian agencies desiring to put integral mission into practice. Through social action, advocacy, teaching, and evangelism, Micah Malaysia seeks to live out the words in Micah 6:8: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. In doing so, we seek to be a transforming force for our nation.  We call upon the Malaysian Church to create a more just and compassionate society for the poor and powerless, to build a flourishing Malaysia, and to engage in the realisation of the Kingdom of God. 

Micah Malaysia is affiliated with Micah Global, a thriving and effective global network of 89 countries, united together for integral mission. Among the organisations within the local network are Malaysian CARE, Kuala Lumpur International Friends Fellowship (KLIFF), Theos Leadership and Asia CMS. If you share a passion for integral mission in Malaysia, do reach out to us!

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Members in Micah Malaysia

Full MembersFocal Person
Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC)Sophy Lim
Malaysian CareMelanie Yong
Theos Leadership NetworkSami Muthu Arulandu
Associate MemberFocal Person
Interserve International Bijoy Koshy
Individual Member 
Samuel Low

Country Contact

Please email the Micah Malaysia team if you want to contact them.

E-mail:           micah.malaysia@gmail.com

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Registered Company: 4669640
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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Micah Data Protection, Security and Privacy

Who is Micah?

Micah is a global network and movement, with members in 93 countries currently, and mailing contacts in over 100 countries.

How does Micah collect information, contact details?

Member information:
  • An interested organisation or individual contacts Micah either via the web site, email or through attendance of an event. They complete a membership application form that asks for their organisation information and seeks permission to  retain the information to use in mailings and network connections.
  • The general information of the members (see below) is stored on the Micah web site (contact details are only accessible via a member log in), so as to allow the network to search and connect with one another.
    • Name
    • Contact Details
    • Web site
    • Introductory paragraph
    • Logo
  • Member contact details and correspondence information is stored on the Micah CRM online database (called KEPLA), which is a secure programme only accessible through log in. Only members of the Micah staff team have access to this information.
  • Members may ask to be connected to other members within their county or country of work. This is part of the network role and responsibility.
  • Each member appoints a focal person who is tasked with being the conduit of information flow between the member organisation and Micah. The focal person forwards relevant mailings to the wider staff pool and partners. Staff and partners of the organisation may choose to sign up directly for mailings as well.
  • In some larger organisations, the focal person sends Micah a list of all staff who would like to receive the Micah mailings.
Contact Information:
  • Micah staff and members may meet with many organisations and individuals during the course of their work. This can be at:
    • Micah events, member events or strategic events Micah is invited to attend
    • Onsite meetings
    • Email and/or virtual meetings
  • Whenever a business card exchange is undertaken, Micah confirms with the contact that they will be included in the monthly newsletter mailing.
  • Whenever an email is received requesting to be linked to Micah, a confirmation email is returned informing the contact that they have been linked to the monthly newsletter and that they can unsubscribe directly off the mailing list if they no longer wish to receive it.
  • At Micah events, all participants are registered formally and requested on site to sign a registration confirmation form that will sign them up to the Micah newsletter.  They are invited to opt out if they so wish, either by not signing the form or by unsubscribing online.

How does Micah use information collected?

Micah never shares information with any third party. All information is strictly held within the network for networking enrichment, and internal information sharing.

Members can update their own information via a password protect log-in service on the Micah web site or via the mailing update option at the bottom of all Micah mailings.

Members can opt to remove any visible evidence of their membership for any reason. On application they are required to confirm whether they should be visible or not on the Micah site.

Event registration information is only available to the event manager.

Compliance to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): 25th May 2018

Micah has invited all members and contacts on our database to opt out if they no longer wish to receive mailings. A full information notice has been sent in May 2018, informing all of the new GDPR, and their rights and our responsibilities.

Micah commitment to data security

Micah has a secure CRM database called Kepla and uses MailChimp services to ensure all contacts can opt out (unsubscribe) at any time.

How to contact us

Should you have any queries or concerns about our privacy and security protocols please contact us by e-mail: info  at micahglobal.org

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Annual Financial Contribution

Annual Financial Contribution

Thank you for making your annual financial contribution as a member of Micah

Your support is crucial and will enable us to together impact leaders and communities around the world. There are various ways to make financial contributions:

 Direct Transfer to Micah's Bank Account:

You can make a transfer directly to Micah’s GBP bank account.
The Co-operative Bank PLC
IBAN Number: GB81CPBK 089299 65114559
Swift code: CPBKGB22
Business Direct, P O Box 250
Skelmersdale WN8 6WT, UK
Sort Code: 08-92-99
Account number: 65114559
Account name: The Micah Network

Note: For regular monthly, quarterly or annual contributions please ensure to let us know your pledge and schedule. This will help us plan and acknowledge promptly.

 Western Union

You can also use this process for other Cash Transfer Options:

Email: info@micahglobal.org with the following information so we can collect the funds:
·       Full name of the sender (as written on the transfer request)
·       The 8-digit MTCN number
·       Sending Country
·       Exact amount sent (in currency) and amount to be received (in GBP)
To enable collection, you will need to include the Micah Treasurer's Name: Arnold David Boul - Country : United Kingdom

 Payment by Credit Card or PayPal Account:

You can make a payment via PayPal using a) your credit card or b) your PayPal account.
Note: PayPal offers the service of doing a regular monthly standing order.

DONATE VIA PAYPAL

 Pay by Credit Card through Stewardship

You can set up a direct debit or one off gift via Stewardship. For those working in the United Kingdom, by working through Stewardship Miah receives Gift Aid, so we encourage you to use this method if you are a tax payer.

DONATE VIA STEWARDSHIP

 Other Options

For several countries, it is difficult to send money internationally. If this is the case, please contact Micah Global and let’s discuss options as there is always a solution.

Thank you for taking the time to walk with Micah Financially.

Please email info@micahglobal.org if you have any queries.

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