Monday, October 20, 2014

Freedom Sunday

In the past few days international authorities, organisations and churches have all stopped to take notice of human rights issues. How come? Well, here are some important dates:

October 17th = International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

"On this day we recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty -- and plan for a world where no-one is left behind. Our aim must be prosperity for all, not just a few." 
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 18th = Anti-Slavery Day (there are about 30 million slaves to this day!)

Anti-Slavery Day falls on 18 October each year. It provides an opportunity to draw attention to the subject and to pressurize government, local authorities, public institutions and private and public companies to address the scale and scope of human trafficking.

October 19th 2014 = Micah Challenge Sunday for churches worldwide, otherwise known as Freedom Sunday. A day when churches worldwide pray and share ideas on how to act against poverty, slavery and the destruction of the earth. In other words: moving towards freedom, justice and sustainability.

He has shown 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

One of the most important topics for the church to take notice of, in my opinion, because it is so close to God's heart. One that requires out of the box initiatives, open eyes and a restructuring of habits and traditions that are sometimes very dear to us.

The bright side: how awesome to know that people world-wide of all colours and races are concerned and making a fist against poverty and slavery!


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