Come let's walk together ...
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:4-5
The word used here for partnership is 'koinonia', which means: joint participation, sharing, fellowship and communion. Fellowship and participation in the Gospel, in ministry, in God‘s Mission - that is true partnership.
The answer to the question "Why Partner?" is simply because it contributes to the Mission of God.
We love to talk about partnership, but often, in truth, we don’t really like to do it unless it serves our own interests.
Micah Global was established to enable this participation and sharing.
We are spiritually bound together in Christ and what makes our partnership distinct is that we are committed to enabling one another to fulfil our shared missional vision. The type of partnership we are called to demonstrates the Kingdom of God.
Our challenge is to manage the tension between elevating our own desire for recognition and identity promotion with the call to koinonia under God’s Mission.
It takes courage and intentionality to partner, regardless of who gets the credit as we build God's kingdom together ...
Courage to Partner
1) Partnership is a spiritual realisation of God's Mission. God has distributed gifts through his Body so as to enable us to share. This makes every part of the body indispensable. Mission is not possible without partnership. It is an integral part of God’s Mission.
2) Learning happens together (Ephesians 3:17-19). This is why Micah Global believes that bringing us together for conversations, consultations and workshops is an important part of God's Mission.
3) Encouragement of one another is a vital part of strengthening ourselves. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
4) Provision and resourcing of one another, creating opportunities to be a blessing and be blessed. (Philippians 4:15-17)
5) Enabling greater accountability to and for one another.
6) Prayer cover for one another, recognising our battle is also against principalities and powers. (Ephesians 6:12)
7) Recognising that God’s Mission involves reconciling all things in Christ (Colossians 1:20). This includes bringing us together to work towards God's Mission; restoration of every aspect of life. We cannot do this on our own.
Thank you to each of our members who have intentionally chosen to walk together with us as we channel our efforts towards integral mission. As we look forward to a new year, we acknowledge the importance of partnership and unity.
Come, let's walk together into 2017 ...
Micah Secretariat: Sheryl, Jo, Linda and Sergej
Micah Russia launched
Micah Global and the Russian Church launched Micah Russia in November 2016. Having attended the Micah Global Triennial in 2015 and the regional Micah Consultation in Moldova in April 2016, Alexey Ivshin had a vision to invite Micah to Russia. This became a reality when we all gathered in Moscow from the 24th to the 26th November last year. "What a privilege to partner with Christians in Russia to see so many participants taking part in this first joint conference," says Sheryl Haw, International Director of Micah Global. For the rest of the story, click here.
From Communism to Christ: Thir Koirala, Micah Nepal
Thir Koirala grew up in a Hindu home, converted to communism as a young man, and then met Jesus through letters from a missional correspondence ministry. He joined a very strict church that discouraged believers from getting involved in politics, media or anything 'worldly'. One day God spoke to him through the story of the Good Samaritan, and his Christian life changed dramatically. Today he is leading Micah Nepal, runs outreach organisations, and is a freelance journalist. To read his full story, click here.
Egypt: Compassion and Justice
The Egypt Gathering - Compassion and Justice - is hosted by Tearfund UK in collaboration with the Call2All Global Compassion Network
and Micah Global.
Dates: 27 February to 3 March 2017: Alexandria, Egypt
Compassion and justice gatherings aim to inspire and equip people of all backgrounds and nationalities for compassion ministry. We long to see the church and individual Christians and organisations helping whole communities to realise their God-given potential.
Topics will include:
- how to create holistic ministries that help people and communities to flourish
- the role of the church in addressing gender inequality
- forgiveness and reconciliation
- diversity and social inclusion
- the refugee crisis
- the role of young people in development
For more information and to register, click here. Watch a clip on the gathering here.
MIcah Global is hosting many gatherings around the world in the coming months.
For more information, visit the site here.
Egypt Gathering: 27 February to 3 March - see above for more information.
Micah Pakistan Integral Mission Conversation: 20 - 24 March 2017
Join the Micah Pakistan gathering in Lahore in March for a conversation around Integral Mission. For more information, email here.
Asian Regional Consultation: Integral Mission and the Common Good: 24 - 28 April 2017
Don't miss this gathering in Asia in April. Excellent speakers, challenging workshops, great connecting times and wonderful community. The issues of Integral Mission and the Common Good will be the focus of the time. Click here for more information and here to register.
Micha Deutschland Networking Meeting: 28 - 30 April 2017
The Micha Deutschland networking meeting will be held in Stuttgart from 28-30th April 2017. Save this date and keep an eye on our website and newsletter for more information and registration details closer to the time. Click here for more information.
Micah Kenya Integral Mission Conversation: 11 May 2017
After a number of challenges that required us to postpone this conversation we are pleased to confirm the meeting will be held in Nairobi in May. Information to follow.
Micah Moldova Integral Mission Conversation: 16 May 2017
Micah Moldova Integral Mission Conversation explores the priorities and strategy for Micah in 2017. For more information follow up with Micah National Coordinator in Moldova, Vladimir Ubeivolc
Eastern Europe & Central Asia Regional Consultation: 17 - 19 May 2017
Micah Regional Consultation for Eastern Europe and Central Asia will be held in Chisinau, Moldova. The theme is “The Church as an Ambassador for Reconciliation”. This Micah regional hub creates a platform for aid practitioners, missions, missiologists, pastors, civil activists, politicians and business people for a dialogue from an Integral Mission perspective. Important topics, excellent speakers - 'We transform communities together" is their heart, and sharing the best practices, failures and successes. For more information email here.
Micah Tanzania Integral Mission Conversation: 30 - 31 May 2017
This will be in held in Arusha - more information to follow.
Micah Brazil Integral Mission Congress: 27 - 29 June 2017
Micah Brazil will hold an Integral Mission Congress from 27-29 June 2017 at the Praia do Canto Baptist Church in Vitoria. The theme of the Congress is: "Paths of Mission: The church and its time". Please save these dates. More information and registration details to follow soon.
Thematic Events: Business as Mission, The Refugee Crisis
Business as Mission: Feb 18th – March 10th, 2017
The BAM Course is a three-week training that lays a strong foundation for future business as mission involvement. The teaching in the first two weeks focuses on the Biblical basis of business, core business topics and business as mission in practice. The field trip in week three brings BAM principles to life through real-life cases. We aim to build on both understanding and practical skills through a wide variety of learning processes.
Click here for more information.
Stott Bediako Forum: The Refugee Crisis: A shared human condition - African Context: 27 - 30 June 2017
The event will be held at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission, and Culture in Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana between the dates of June 27th and 30th, 2017. For more information, please click here or email Infemit.
Tearfund: Country Representative: Bangladesh
Tearfund is looking for a Country Representative to lead the review and implementation of an effective country strategy for our programme in Bangladesh. The role involves strategic planning, management of a partner portfolio, resource management, leadership and staff development, along with ensuring all aspects of in-country security, health and safety. Click here for more.
Study Opportunities: All Nations
Principles of Integral Mission and Development: 20th - 23rd March 2017
This course draws on both Biblical insight and current development thinking, to critique the conventional view and practice of ‘development’ and set out an alternative biblical view of holistic or Integral mission and development. Topics include understanding poverty from a biblical perspective, examining the roots of global inequality, critiquing conventional development theories and exploring approaches to community empowerment. The role and process of world view transformation, good governance, and structural change including advocacy and non-violent direct action will also be discussed. Issues of gender, disability, disaster management and peace-building will also be explored both from a ‘mainstream’ secular perspective, and from a Biblical angle. Throughout the course key principles will be drawn out that can be applied in a variety of contexts both in the global North and South.
Click here for more.
Mission Strategy: 24th - 28th March 2017
This course will focus on approaches and tools for the development of mission strategy in the current global context. Historical models of mission strategy will be evaluated and lessons from these reviewed. Current global trends in mission will be examined, and strategic planning tools and frameworks explored. We will also examine various key aspects of strategy within a cross-cultural context and enable participants to learn through case studies. The course will be led by experienced mission practitioners and academics including Dr Paul Davies and Dr Johannes Reimer. Click here for more.
Injustice is our problem: Why indifference is not an option, by Ronald Wong. Click here to read the article.
Change has come: Be a Change-Maker in 2017, by Melba Maggay. Click here to read the article.
The Jubilee Centre in Ndola, Zambia have set up a young people’s initiative called Junior Parliament, which has had a significant impact on communities already. Young people wanting to face the issues that cause pain to their fellow citizens, learning that they can make a difference and bring change. "I joined Junior Parliament, because I have a passion to work for the people and make a change in my community, and the nation at large." Be inspired!
Watch the clip here.
Micah Global's Book Recommendations:
1. Rise up and Walk, by Melba Padilla Maggay
For reviews and more information, click here.
2. Standing with the Vulnerable, by Gil Odendaal.
For more information, click here for Amazon, or here for Intervarsity Press.
3. The Beautiful Gate: Enter Jesus's Global Liberation Movement, by Bob Ekblad.
For more information or to buy the book, click here.
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"If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together."