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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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  • A woman who epitomised the Micah challenge

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    3 July, 2012

    One of Micah Challenge's supporters, Anne Camac, reflects on the inspirational life of the late Lyn Lusi (co-founder of HEAL Africa) who knew what it meant to raise her voice for justice on behalf of the poor. "It was with great sadness that I have read of Lyn Lusi's death in March. Lyn was a co-founder of HEAL Africa - a partner ministry of CNEC Australia (now called World Share). Lyn dedicated her life to sharing and showing the love of Jesus to women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in particular to victims of sexual violence and abuse. Many Micah Challenge supporters will remember Lyn as one of our keynote speakers at Voices for Justice in 2009. Lyn talked with great compassion about the plight of women in DRC, where sexual violence is often used as a weapon of war. I remember her story of a woman grieving for her murdered husband, whose child also died whilst they were walking for days trying to get to safety. When some of the delegates at Voices for Justice were lamenting about how difficult it was to get our political leaders to… read more

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  • Looking Forward With Patience

    Posted by Jarrod

    25 May, 2012

    “Don’t start me on stories!” - Dr. Vincent Harding. In light of both the Government and Coalition’s failure to let their yes be yes to the global poor, I want to share two stories. One is from Martin Luther King Jr’s most provocative speech writer, fellow campaigner and close friend, Vincent Harding. The is other from someone through whom I often hear God speak to me, my son Tyson. Many will be familiar with The Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s five word phrase that seems to ring in the psyche of every campaigner for justice, “The fierce urgency of now”. These words appeared in the first book by Dr. King that I ever read, aptly titled “Why We Can’t Wait”. Dr. Vincent Harding is now in his eighties. I have heard my good friend Joanna Shenk (who has recently written a wonderful book featuring Dr. Harding) talk of Dr. Harding’s love of telling stories. Stories of struggle for freedom. Stories of Martin Luther King and their close friendship. Stories of how faith must mean following Jesus.… read more

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  • Looking Forward With Passion

    Posted by Sarita

    23 May, 2012

    I'd like to take you through the story of how I initially got involved with advocacy, why I do it now and what motivates me to keep going when it gets hard. My advocacy journey started when I was in year 8, when I went to a Micah Challenge training day. I knew that poverty was wrong, and I wanted to do something about it. I had explored ideas, but didn't really come to something that I could do. I was too young for many of the volunteering-type activities, and I was at school during the week! Anyway, I found out about Micah Challenge and went to their training day. There were workshops to choose from, and somehow I found myself at the one on how to visit a politician. I am not sure how. Maybe the other workshops were mostly for adults, or I had already been to them... I am not sure. So I sat in the room, listening to two ladies talking about how visiting politicians really is quite easy and not scary. I didn't believe them. I hated (and still do!) public speaking. I listened, I took notes, I took the papers that I was given. But in my mind I was… read more

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  • Looking Forward With Hope

    Posted by John

    21 May, 2012

    This week's 'Looking Forward' series aims to wrap up our reflections on the Federal Budget, and plant the seeds for what comes next as we continue with perseverance, hope, passion and courage to change the hearts and minds of our nation's leaders. _______________________________________________________ It’s politics 101. You manage the public’s expectations, making them think something is going to be really bad, then you deliver something that is a little better than what people expected. I confess....I fell victim to it. I was overseas when I first heard that the government had delayed their commitment to reaching 0.5% GNI to aid by just one year. I had received word that the budget could be bad, so I thought “that’s not too bad. It could have been worse" Politics 101 - they got me. Since returning home, the more I sit with their decision, the angrier I get about it. Why Mr Swan? Why Prime Minister? At the same time I am asking myself why? I’m a pretty relaxed person, so why am I so angry? Is it broken… read more

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