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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  • Skate to the Finish - An Unexpected Journey

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    7 August, 2013

    Riding a BMX between the two major cities of the Flynn electorate - Emerald and Gladstone - may not be the most efficient way to cover 475km, but Michael Trafford has proved it to be very effective in other ways. Here he shares the inspiring journey that Finish the Race has taken him on. The journey was a great way to highlight how inadequate Australia’s current foreign aid giving is if we really are committed to the task of Halving Poverty by 2015. It opened the door to many opportunities and over the past three weeks I have had the incredible privilege of speaking to over 2000 school students in 30 schools throughout Central Queensland, as well as 1000 or so more in local churches along the way. During the three-week campaign our audiences varied greatly from speaking to nearly 1000 students one day, to 6 primary school students (who incidentally were the entire school population) the next. I was impressed and encouraged by the many teachers who contacted us after the talks to ask for more information or to let us know that their class had written a… read more

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  • Election day announced - Call to prayer

    Posted by John

    5 August, 2013

    I’m no political junkie, but there are a couple of political boffins in our office who are very excited today! If you haven't heard, an election has been called for September 7. The boffins will be colouring their electorate maps in red and blue and watching ABC News in their lunch breaks! As the election approaches, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned. It’s been a tough year for the Movement to End Poverty as we have challenged the Government to finish well as the 2015 deadline for the MDGs approaches. The evidence that either of the major parties is wholeheartedly committed to a generous and effective aid program is less than convincing. On the Government side, we’ve seen three major cuts to aid spending in the last 15 months – the latest coming last Friday as Treasurer Chris Bowen announced further cuts to aid totalling $879 million over the next four years in response to reduced revenue projections and the increased costs of their asylum seeker policies. Each time there has been pressure on the budget, the people who manage… read more

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  • Hillsong Mobilises the Masses for Justice

    Posted by Matthew

    4 July, 2013

    Matt Anslow, National Young Adults' Coordinator for TEAR Australia, shares his experience of volunteering with Micah Challenge at Hillsong Conference 2013. Hillsong has not been without its detractors. Every few months, almost like clockwork, you can expect some media outlet to have provided the latest exposé. To be sure, as Australia’s largest church, Hillsong is an easy target for antagonists, including some other Christians. But for all the complications of being so large and so visible, there is also the incredible potential for Hillsong to contribute meaningfully to fighting poverty. And so here I am, writing from Hillsong Conference 2013, where I join other fantastic Micah Challenge volunteers as we engage conference-goers with the reality of global poverty and the Christian mandate to love and do justice. This year Hillsong has chosen to partner with Micah Challenge to encourage its attendees to think about what it means to advocate for the poor. That it has decided to partner with Micah Challenge is a clear sign that Hillsong has a… read more

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  • Faces Behind Finish the Race: Jake Doleschal

    Posted by Micah

    28 May, 2013

    Jake Doleschal is the Finish the Race community leader for the Victorian electorate of Flinders. As a young, passionate advocate who uses his voice to promote social change in a number of different areas, we thought we would let Jake share with you what makes him such a driven activist. Why are you passionate about being an advocate for the poor? My motivation to advocate with the poor is rooted in the gospel of Christ. Indigenous activist Lilla Watson summarizes the essence of this universal call in which Christ beckons us to join, in her response to those coming to help her community - “if you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together”. I advocate with the poor because when we are unified as a global body, we cannot help but advocate for change! When did you first become involved with Micah Challenge? My first experience with the Micah Challenge was attending Voices for Justice in 2012 (which was a great experience… but quite cold!)… read more

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