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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  • Why I support Micah Challenge

    Posted by Matthew

    23 August, 2011

    Blogger, Matt Anslow, on why he's a long-term Micah Challenge supporter Micah Challenge is both a necessary and potent instrument for God's kingdom. I want to tell you how and why I got involved. Micah Challenge is both a necessary and potent instrument for God's kingdom. I want to tell you how and why I got involved. Before I began working for TEAR Australia (one of Micah Challenge's coalition partners) I worked in a local church, studied theology (which I still am), and lectured in Biblical Studies (which I still do). My time in church ministry taught me many things, including that as a collective unit Christians have the ability to change the world through both their voice and action. Unfortunately, in my experience, there are times when Christians band together to stand for causes that are somewhat peripheral to the central issues that Jesus himself addressed (straining out gnats, but swallowing camels?). Nonetheless, the Church has great potential to change the world for good, and this potential has fortunately been realised in many episodes of… read more

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  • The gulf between the rich and the poor

    Posted by Siu

    3 August, 2011

    The gulf between the rich and the poor is not simply an economical one. While the poor do not have moral superiority over the rich, and at least in theory our material affluence should not adversely affect our ability to understand the Bible, is our wealth a hindrance that stops us from fully understanding the plight of the poor and the Scripture? I don't want people to become poor, because I have seen enough human misery. I belong to a community where a significant number of people suffer from economic hardships because of their disadvantaged social status. I met a lady recently whose son suffers from mental illness. They live in public housing and life is hard for them. A friend's mother is currently seriously sick in Burma, and it has cost my friend a fortune just to send her to the hospital. I feel for them because I was once poor - not destitute, but poorer than most people I know in Australia - and I know the helplessness of living in a world where the rich and powerful call the shots. Two views on one cartoon
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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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