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.

Micah Challenge is a global campaign of Christians speaking out against poverty and injustice. Click here to visit the Micah Challenge website.

  • Thanks for joining us in prayer as action

    Posted by Marissa

    3 March, 2011

    We hope our 8 day PrayAct campaign has been a rewarding and enriching experience for you as we commit ourselves and our efforts to fight injustice to our great and powerful Creator God. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer over last week - we are convinced it is an essential foundation for the campaign. Thank you for prioritising the time to echo God's heart for the poor; entrusting progress toward the Millennium Development Goals to our God who listens. The whole notion of this prayer campaign was - 'Prayer is action', and it really is. Praying this week was an avenue to defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:9) and appealing to God to act. For me personally, I was absolutely humbled as I prayed each morning. The prayers were a wonderful point of reflection on the way God works according to his loving rule. It has encouraged me to continue the fight against poverty and injustice. I found this passage to be particularly relevant this week: For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no… read more

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  • Prayer is action!

    Posted by John

    20 February, 2011

    National Coordinator, John Beckett invites you to "Pray with us!" on 20-27 Feb 2011 People often thank me because Micah Challenge has given them an opportunity to DO something that makes a difference in response to extreme poverty. We welcome the thanks. Of course, our hope and prayer is that we can mobilise all Christians in Australia to SPEAK and ACT on poverty issues in the public space. We have a voice, a voice that is shaped by the Lordship of Christ. It is a credible voice! Yet in all our activity, in all our work for change, we are committed to one action that should come before, follow after, and run as a thread through, all that we do - the ACT of PRAYER. Prayer is action! Have you ever thought of it that way? Not simply 'pray before you act' or 'pray for the strength to act'. The act is the prayer. And it is the most important and powerful action we perform in our fight against poverty and injustice. What kind of action is it? Prayer is an act of justice. It calls on the God who is just to restore right where there is wrong; wholeness where there is… read more

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  • Christians most 'powerful agents to eradicate global poverty'

    Posted by Amanda

    19 January, 2011

    Micah International joined Micah UK in handing over 11,000 pledges to halve poverty to Parliament The promises were made by tens of thousands of churchgoers across Britain on 10.10.10 as part of What's Your Promise? the UK chapter of Micah's 10.10.10 Campaign. On that iconic date an estimated 60 million Christians around the world stood together in prayer to remember the poor. These very promises were handed over to MPs on January 25 in a committee room of the House of Commons. This marked the culmination of a campaign that seeks to remind countries of their commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Click here to read the rest of this report from Micah International. read more

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  • Theology and good development

    Posted by Micah

    1 November, 2010

    By Steve Bevis, TEAR Australia's NSW Educator What can theology contribute to thinking about good development? What can theology contribute to the task of speaking out about the injustices of our world? Both pursuits have their own secular raison d'etre and long histories of critical reflection that have shaped the tools they use and the goals they aim for. Much of that critical reflection is helpful. Yet, as Christians, we first seek inspiration and guidance from God. Vinay Samuel and Chris Sugden pointed out in the 1980s that the way we think and act on issues of development is related both to our theology and to our worldview. On this issue, as with many others, our theology and worldview can really make a difference. As an example, Samuel and Sugden point out that Luther's extraordinary theological insight into salvation - that it is not the goal of life but its presupposition - led him to radically re-shape his worldview and to act in new ways. They relate that:Luther and his colleague Karlsdat made provision in Wittenberg for the city council to provide… read more

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