World MDG Blog Day

As I thought about what I would post for World MDG Blog Day, I came up with many ideas about how to express both the progress we've made and the long way we have yet to go on the Millennium Development Goals--the eight goals agreed to by the United Nations member states designed to improve the quality of life for the developing world.

Then I ran across the following letter originally posted by Micah Challenge from leaders in the Global South to the church in the United States. You can download a copy here. And to find out what you can do to use your voice go to bread.org.


August, 2008

TO THE CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES

As the Church of the Lord in what is known as the "Southern" part of the world, moved by the Holy Spirit to fight for the abundant life that Jesus Christ offers, we address our Christian family in the United States, a Church of the same covenant, faith and love. Grace and Peace to all of our brothers and sisters.

We know your works of love; these works have allowed millions of human beings for many generations in our countries in the South to receive the gospel, the Grace of Jesus Christ and the power of His Salvation. The U.S. church's untiring missionary effort planted in our lands Hope in Him who came to reconcile EVERYTHING.

Nevertheless, the political, social and economic situation in the places where this hope has been announced is increasingly distressing. Millions of people in the global South are dying of hunger, violence and injustice. These situations of poverty and pain are not simply the product of the internal functions of our countries; rather they are the results of the international policies of the governments that wield global power.

Therefore, we have this against you, brothers and sisters, that along with this powerful announcing of the Gospel, the Church from the United States has not also raised its voice in protest against the injustices that powerful governments and institutions are inflicting on the global South - injustices that afflict the lives and ecosystems of millions of people who, centuries after the proclamation of the Gospel, still have not seen the sweat of their brow turned into bread.

The worsening inequality and poverty in the South is alarming. Seven years since the United States and 191 other nations publicly promised to cut extreme global poverty in half by the year 2015 through the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), your country has made only a little progress towards fulfilling its commitments.

The MDGs should stir us to action because they echo the calls of the biblical prophets for justice and equity. Further, they are achievable and measurable markers on the roadmap to end extreme global poverty.

And so we ask you as sisters and brothers, citizens of the wealthiest most powerful nation on earth, to publicly challenge your candidates and political leaders - now and after the elections are over - to lead the world in the struggle to cut global poverty in half by 2015. If you who know the Truth will not speak for us who will?

The Church in the United States has the opportunity today to be faithful to the Hope that it preaches. We urge you to remember that the Hope to which you were called as a messenger demands that you seek first the Kingdom of God and God's justice.

Out of love for us, the global Church, in holiness, use your citizenship responsibly for the benefit of the entire world; it is for this very reason that the Lord poured out His life on the Cross.

All who have ears, let them hear what the Lord says to His Church.

Ndaba Mazabane

President

Association of Evangelicals in Southern Africa

Bishop Gerry Seale

General Secretary/CEO

Evangelical Association of the Caribbean

Dr. Richard Howell

General Secretary

Evangelical Fellowship of India

Rev Moss Ntlha

General Secretary

Evangelical Alliance of South Africa

C. Rene Padilla

President

Kairos (Peru)

Pastor Owen Isaacs

General Secretary

Evangelical Fellowship of Botswana

Bishop Efraim Tendero

President

Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches

Rev Heng Cheng

General Secretary/CEO

Evangelical Fellowship of Cambodia

Bishop Paul Mususu

Executive Director/CEO

Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia

Rev Bambang Semedi

General Secretary

Southern Part Sumatera Christian Church

Dr. Reynaldo R. Avante

National Coordinator

Micah Challenge Philippines

Bishop Mano Rumalshah

Bishop

Diocese of Peshawar (Pakistan)

Alfonso Weiland

Co-founder

Paz y Esperanza (Peru)

Erika Izquierdo

Paz y Esperanza (Peru)

Lawrence Tempfwe

National Facilitator

Micah Challenge Zambia

Rev Joe Simfukwe

Principal

Bible College of Central Africa

João Pedro Martins

National Coordinator

Micah Challenge Portugal

Rev Soleman Batti

Chairman

The Toraja Church (Indonesia)

Rev Untung S.K. Wijayaputra

President

The Toraja Mamasa Church (Indonesia)

d'Karlo Pyrba

Director

YABIMA Foundation (Indonesia)

Semuel Takajanji

Director

Kuda Putih Sejahtera Foundation (Indonesia)

Rev Iskandar Saher

Executive Director

Center for the Development of Holistic Ministry (Indonesia)

Gahungu Bunini*

General Secretary

Evangelical Alliance of Rwanda

*Signed on with the names of 16 pastors in the Evangelical Alliance of Rwanda

Bishop Mano Rumalshah

Bishop

Diocese of Peshawar (Pakistan)

Rev Michael Dasey

Rector

Gungahlin Anglican Church (Australia)

Rev Geoffrey Taylor

Director

SoulSupply (Australia)

Rev. Paul Craig

Senior Pastor

Diamond Valley Baptist Church (Australia)

Rev Greg Templeton

Pastor

Sydenham Baptist Church (Australia)

Morris Alex

Pastor

Souls Outreach Church

Captain Robert Casburn

Commanding Officer

The salvation Army Northern Waves Fellowship (Australia)