Micah Challenge Australia Blog

 

The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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  • Live simply, that others may simply live

    Posted by Eliza

    27 July, 2011

    Last Thursday, while most of us were finishing our lunch, famine was declared in two southern regions of Somalia. With a belly full of Thai food and a half eaten piece of cake sitting beside my desk I read the headline 'Millions at risk as famine declared'. My stomach twisted- 11 million people are facing starvation and I can't remember the last time I finished everything on my plate. The food crisis sweeping the Horn of Africa has created a 'triangle of hunger' between Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Of the regions affected, Somalia has been hit hardest with a combined force of 20 years of unwavering political unrest and the worst drought the nation has seen in 60 years. The United Nations has estimated that 3.7 million - nearly half the country's population - are currently facing severe food shortages. The UN will not declare famine lightly. Technically, at least 20 per cent of households must be facing extreme food shortages, 30 per cent of people must be suffering from severe malnutrition and there must be at least two deaths per 10 000 people each day.… read more

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  • Stewardship - The Power to Protect or Destroy

    Posted by Gershon

    25 July, 2011

    Njeri* lives in the Highlands of Mount Kenya. She has spent several long days and nights floating in and out of delirium as she lies powerless and feeble on her hospital bed. She has lost the ability to feed and care for herself; instead she has been forced to rely on her daughter, Esther, and the hospital staff to tend to her needs. Njeri has contracted cerebral Malaria, a condition that until recently had never been seen in the Kenyan Highlands. The mosquitoes responsible for Malaria were kept at bay by the colder highland climate, but in recent times the temperature has been warming and the mosquitoes have begun to spread into hundreds of communities that once believed they were safe. Njeri has become another victim of their upward climb, and is now at risk of joining the million Africans that lose their lives to the disease every year. It's hard to know how to best respond to Njeri's story. I think I, like many, feel compelled to help and biblically I know there's an imperative to act. When the bible writer James asks, 'what good is our faith if it does… read more

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  • Church leaders for aid!

    Posted by Simon

    21 July, 2011

    It might not always be as easy as Bono makes it look, but speaking up on behalf of people living in poverty, the most vulnerable of our global society, is not just an optional extra for those of us in the Christian faith. The Bible clearly tells us in Proverbs 31:8-9, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Since its inception in 2004, Micah Challenge has done just that by mobilising thousands of grassroots advocates to speak up to the Australian Government on behalf of people in need. At the recent trip to Canberra, Micah Challenge lobby groups showed politicians that those advocates represent a wide Church community in Australia, which is also unified and passionate about social justice issues! A couple of weeks ago, on a cold and windy Canberra morning (aren't they all?) a team of Micah Challenge staff and Church leaders from many denominations assembled in Australian Parliament House, including senior representatives of the Anglican,… read more

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  • MDG Report 2011 - How should Christians respond?

    Posted by Amanda

    19 July, 2011

    The idea of 'promise' is important to Christians; indeed it is important to all of us humans, made in God's image. Thanks to the work of Micah Challenge supporters around the world, the Millennium Development Goal promises made in 2000 are more than ever in the heart of the church We cannot ignore them now or decide they are not worthy of effort. As we near that completion date of 2015, we should be encouraged to act with even more persistence. The current hunger disaster on our TV screens in East Africa might seem to indicate that nothing ever changes, but there is much good news: The 2011 UN MDG Report released on 7 July by Ban ki-Moon, gives reason for hope. MDG2 on primary education and MDG3 on gender equality are within reach for many nations, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Child deaths are down to 8.1 million per year - 3.3 million fewer than 20 years ago - or 12,000 fewer deaths each day. Christian action and advocacy for children has helped to produce these heartening changes! Malaria deaths are down 20% this century. HIV/AIDS infections are… read more

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