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  • Mourning with those who mourn: A response to Typhoon Haiyan

    Posted by John

    11 November, 2013

    Reports this morning are estimating that as many as 10,000 people have been killed in the Philippines as a result of the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in recent days. One of our nearest neighbours, the Philippines, is home to approximately 100 million people, with some 45% of them living on less than $2/day. The widespread poverty, particularly in the rural regions, exacerbates the impact of the storms that occur in this nation that is prone to natural disasters. Would you join us in prayer today for the people of the Philippines? As we prayed this morning, in our office, there were few words that we could offer. We prayed for God’s mercy to those who are suffering. We prayed for relief efforts, for the government and for NGOs. The Philippines are an important friend for Australia. Many Filipinos call Australia home and will have families who are directly impacted by this crisis. The Philippines are fellow members of ASEAN and the South East Asian Community. Our collective futures and our prosperity in this ‘Asian… read more

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  • Spiritual Formation

    Posted by Irena

    31 October, 2013

    Last week, Graeme Anderson, lead pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Crow’s Nest, came into the Micah office to speak at our quarterly intern input session. His subject matter: spiritual formation. I have to admit, I didn’t think that it would that beneficial to sit and talk about spiritual formation, as opposed to just allowing it to happen naturally. However, taking that step back and critically analysing the method and consequence of my own spiritual formation proved to be not just powerful, but vital to the existence of any positive formation within my own life, present or future. Graeme had us consider the three basic questions any human seeks to answer to form their personal philosophy: ‘Who am I?’— A question of identity; ‘Where am I?’— A question of location; and ‘Do I belong?’— A question of worth. The answers we accept to these three questions make up our most foundational belief system, our narrative. Every single person is receiving spiritual formation—though they may not… read more

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  • One woman's stand for authentic faith

    Posted by Amanda

    25 October, 2013

    Gisela Schneider epitomises authentic faith: “strong and respected and not afraid of the future. She speaks with a gentle wisdom.”[1] That wisdom – sometimes fierce as well as gentle - comes from 30 years as a missionary doctor in various nations. Recently I caught up with this talented woman in London and she told me some of the things that have shaped her life with God. Early on, Gisela knew that she wanted to do more than swim in the mainstream – “I didn’t want to stay in my nice, white middle class world” - and was drawn to be a doctor so she could do overseas mission work. Her ideals about “serving God on the mission field” were given a swift reality check in the Gambia. Life was often disorganised, and the political situation chaotic. Children and women were treated with scant respect and punishment was harsh. “They didn’t seem to understand forgiveness. All I could do was live out my values, try to demonstrate forgiveness, cry with the children. And people did start to notice. I guess you… read more

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  • EXPOSED stories from around the World

    Posted by Amanda

    23 October, 2013

    In Manila this week, Christians have been holding Jericho walks to symbolically bring down walls of corruption. There is outrage in the PHILIPPINES because US$250 million due to be spent on development projects for the poor has ‘disappeared’. Christians have been walking and praying around key government buildings in Manila and the capital, Quezon City. What a mighty prophetic action! In addition, the caravan of marchers has taken a roast pig with them as a symbol of how pork-barreling is responsible for millions going missing. In 142 other cities around the country, vigils of prayer and advocacy to expose corruption and its devastating effects on the poor have take place throughout October as part of the global EXPOSED campaign. Let me tell you some more stories… In UGANDA, where it is risky to hold gatherings in public there was a four hour Vigil ending at midnight on Tuesday 8th, the eve of Uganda’s 51st independence anniversary. The Vigil brought together many different groups that are calling for integrity in public finances… read more

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