• Roadtrip Reflections

    Posted by Jasmin

    22 March, 2013

    Last week I had the opportunity and the honour to be one of 1000 young Australians travelling across Australia with the Oaktree Foundation to launch the Movement to End Poverty. We engaged with schools, universities and churches; petitioned on streets and in malls; met with senators and MPs and made fools of ourselves doing flash mobs and media stunts, all while sleeping on floors of community halls with little more than five hours shut eye a night. We did this because we believe that we can be the generation that sees an end to extreme poverty, and that is a belief that we will do almost anything to see become a reality.

    The Roadtrip was a significant experience for me and as I process my experiences I would like to reflect upon two aspects of the journey that I found I really learnt something from.

    Firstly; the power of the collective voice is immeasurable. As we gathered together on the laws on Parliament House last Thursday, I realised that we were no longer 1000 individuals, but rather one movement, united by one purpose and speaking out with one voice. This sense of unity was empowering, challenging me to go out of my comfort zone in order to stand up for the injustice of poverty, all the while knowing I had hundreds of people right behind me, doing exactly the same thing.

    Secondly; the path of seeking justice is not optional for those of us who claim to follow Jesus. This is something I have always known, yet was thoroughly reminded of, as I was convicted that my passion for social justice cannot just be something I ‘do’ but rather something that encompasses every aspect of my faith and my life. The call of Micah has never resonated with me more – “to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.” Throughout the week I experienced that the impact of walking this path not only saw us stand up for the worlds poorest, but also provided the setting for awesome fellowship and allowed all people to see what God’s love for the least looks like in action, opening the way for many spirit filled conversations.

    I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to be a part of the Roadtrip, and so excited that the Movement to End Poverty continues to build momentum across the country. As a community we can come together, unite our voices, and see justice become a reality for the 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty around the world.

    You can join your voice to the movement at www.movementtoendpoverty.org.au.

    Jasmin Howorth is Micah Challenge's Communications Intern.

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