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  • Child of the 80s

    Posted by Elissa

    25 October, 2011

    I’ll admit it: I’m a child of the 80s. I’ve got fond memories of Expo 88, and I can still sing the theme songs of She-Ra, Inspector Gadget, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Smurfs. Punky Brewster was my hero. I owned a hypercolour t-shirt, and I wore it tucked into my “happy pants”—think everything you’ve ever seen of MC Hammer, but on a five-year-old. It’s funny how the 80s legacy lives on, for better or worse. I got more than a little bit excited when Cold Chisel announced their comeback tour this year, and I’ll always have be fascinated by Rubik’s Cubes. And it seems my mum was right when she told me that fashions always go in cycles—although I just can’t bring myself to embrace high-waisted jeans a second time. But it’s not just clothes that seem to have cycled around again. One of the defining characteristics of the 80s was the “greed is good” mantra that infiltrated consumer psyches across the Western world. It’s no coincidence that one of the most… read more

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  • Tea and Toast: Take aways and reflections on Voices for Justice

    Posted by Micah

    26 September, 2011

    On the long drive home from Canberra, in the wee hours of the morning, I was asked what I will take away from Voices for Justice. I have come to realise that many of the things I have taken away can be applicable beyond Voices participants. I spent Sept 17-20 in Canberra at Voices for Justice, organised by Micah Challenge. Micah Challenge is a unified movement of over 50 Christian denominations and aid and development organisations who believe that seeking justice for the global poor and marginalised is an integral expression of the Christian faith. Voices for Justice is a campaigning event that builds community and trains everyday Australians, facilitating the opportunity to advocate and lobby politicians to meet our commitment to the Millennium Development Goals and reduce global poverty. "Take aways" // The call to do justice and to use our voice is for all of us - aware that God has gone before us, goes with us, and will follow after us. This was my first Voices for Justice, and I was amazed at both the diversity of organisations, traditions,… read more

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  • The poor in spirit

    Posted by Micah

    6 September, 2011

    I've always thought it's a cop-out for Christian development workers working in poor communities to say, "Well, even if these people still can't feed themselves, at least now they've prayed the sinner's prayer." But lately I've been thinking it's more than a cop-out-it's just wrong. Many Christian aid and development agencies, including those involved with the Micah Challenge coalition seek to address the needs of a child living in poverty across many different areas of his or her life. We call this approach holistic child development: programs that strive to meet not only a child's physical needs but their spiritual, economic, social and emotional needs as well. The solutions to some of those needs are clear, even though achieving them might not be simple. An economic need requires money, employment and skills. Physical needs are met through food, water and healthcare. I get a bit stuck on meeting spiritual needs though, I admit. Isn't that a pastor's job, or the Sunday school teacher? Or better yet-the parents of the child? Better still, what if we wait until… read more

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  • Faith decorates East Africa with flowers

    Posted by Micah

    25 August, 2011

    Stories of hope - How the funds raised by Micah Challenge endorsing agencies are making a real difference on the ground in East Africa.Makeshift shelters pitched in a dusty desert landscape. Newly-arrived refugees from Somalia for whom survival is the immediate priority. This is the reality for Faith Kagwiria (pictured below), lead social worker at Hagadera, one of the three camps in the Dadaab complex, which is managed by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Kawgiria has worked here for more than two years. The massive influx of refugees meant her team was recently expanded to help deal with the emergency. Kagwiria's hundreds of home visits have made her a familiar figure around the camp and its outskirts. Face of hope
 "The refugees call me 'Face' instead of 'Faith'," she says, smiling. "At a recent leaders meeting I was described as 'the one who decorates the camp with white flowers' -in reference to all the tents I have distributed to those who would otherwise sleep under trees." To join her and some of the team on a daily round is to see the… read more

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