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  • How my faith gives me hope in the fight against injustice

    Posted by Matt

    17 February, 2014

    I’m often asked how I can remain so hopeful in the face of such shocking poverty and injustice, the kind of which I’m forced to confront all too frequently in my line of work for aid and development organisations. I’d be lying if I said that I’d be anything but a mental wreck if it wasn’t for the hope I cling to. A hope that assures me that it was never meant to be this way, nor is it going to stay this way. It’s the source of this hope that I want to share with you. This isn’t a piece aimed to ‘convert’ you or anyone else to any kind of ‘religion’. Rather it’s the story of how I came to faith, and it’s the story of a refugee child from the Middle East, born to an unmarried teenage mum, born under oppression and into poverty, whose life and teachings provide the most powerful example of how we are to engage this world in a way that seeks justice for the poor, confronts those who oppress, and calls forward a future day when pain, war, suffering, addiction and the exploitation of our… read more

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  • Harsh aid cuts and an unhappy new year

    Posted by Ben

    20 January, 2014

    On Saturday, the Government confirmed that it is cutting $625 million from the 2013-14 aid program, making the 2013-14 aid budget $107 million smaller than in 2012-13 – marking the first time aid has gone backwards since the year 2000. It also finally (after almost 5 months in office) confirmed which countries, regions and programs will be affected. In short: all of them. All regions of the world and all program areas (governance, infrastructure and rural development, disability, education, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, environmental sustainability) will be cut. Some deeply. Aid to Sub-Saharan Africa, where the world's poorest people are to be found, is being cut by almost half from a budgeted level of $224.9 million to just $133 million (vastly less than the $211.2 million that was invested there in 2012-13). Our contribution towards dealing with humanitarian and other emergencies as well as global refugee support has been cut by $75 million (from $339.6 million in the May budget to just $264.2 million). Cross regional and global… read more

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  • The Cross & Climate Change Part 7: Trust

    Posted by The Hope For Creation Team

    23 December, 2013

    Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46) Jesus’ final words in the Gospel of Luke are words of trust and faith in the one he knew as Abba, Father. Trusting in God, it is clear, did not mean that Jesus would not face trials, torture and death. It did not mean that he would be spared uncertainty, anguish, or anger – all of which the gospels clearly portray him experiencing. It did mean that he could trust in God’s fundamental goodness and commitment to His world and His people. He could rely on God’s saving, life-giving and resurrecting grace, even if he could not have known at that moment how God would act to vindicate him and begin renewing the people of God and all of creation through his death and resurrection. Paul, too, was crystal clear on this. As his list of perils in Romans 8:35 indicates, having faith in God does not mean that the faithful ones will not experience immense and perhaps deadly individual and corporate distress – “hardship, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril,… read more

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  • Why I'm buying Joe Hockey a goat this Christmas

    Posted by John

    18 December, 2013

    For the last 3 years my wife and I have received goats for Christmas. The practise of buying a gift on behalf of a friend for someone in need elsewhere has become a common part of Christmas for many of us. And it’s a great idea. It makes a difference in the lives of poor people and communities while at the same time keeping some of the potential excess of Christmas in check. I confess that I mostly stay out of the gift buying in our house. I hope that most of the ‘Aussie male’ stereotypes don’t apply to me, but on this one I am guilty. But this year is different. This year I’ll be buying a goat....and giving it to my MP, Joe Hockey. Why would I buy Joe Hockey a goat this Christmas? A little bit of back story..... Many of you will know that two days before the election, my Federal MP Mr Hockey, at the time the would-be Treasurer, stood in front of the cameras and advised the Australian people that the Coalition, if elected, would be cutting $4.5 billion from the aid budget over the next 4 years, thereby breaking a promise that the… read more

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