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  • Our crucial task

    Posted by Joel

    23 May, 2011

    I have just returned from three days meetings in Malaysia with some of our Micah Challenge National Coordinators from across the world. It's been both moving and encouraging to hear the stories of commitment and determination which flow so easily in settings like these. One National Coodinator told us how important it was for them to spend limited resources to travel to Malaysia, simply because their recent involvement with the campaign was crucial to their nation. Another Coordinator spends alternate weeks between his home and his office hundreds of miles away in order to stay involved in the campaign without uprooting his family and derailing his wife's profession... And we also heard about the struggles of campaigns: limited cash and capacity to do a big job; the potential for feeling alone; the uphill climb to convince churches that God takes advocacy for the poor really seriously; and the challenges of reminding governments of their promises. 

But I will particularly remember the creative icebreaker that happened on the first morning we met.… read more

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  • Malaysian refugees: the reality behind the so-called solution

    Posted by John

    20 May, 2011

    Last week our government announced a new refugee deal with the Malaysian government. It wasn't by design that just two days later I found myself spending the day with a group of Chin refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I had planned to visit this community weeks before. As it turned out, my timing was perfect. The Chin are a people group in Burma, majority Christian, who face significant religious and cultural persecution. They are treated like aliens in their own land, living in fear of violence, forced labour and in some cases even death. As a result, many of them resort to doing business with the people smugglers that we hear so much about in our nation, so that they can make their way into either India or Malaysia, with the hope of registering with the UNHCR and hopefully being resettled to a third country. Two or three years after fleeing their own land, some of the fortunate ones end up as resettled refugees on our shores and living in our cities. Some remain in limbo for many more years than that. The story is not that alarming, until you start to dig into… read more

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  • AusAid corruption comfortingly miniscule

    Posted by Gershon

    24 March, 2011

    I awoke this morning to a few articles from the News Limited group of newspapers lambasting foreign aid. The articles decried the ‘systematic criminal behaviour', ‘widespread corruption' and ‘exorbitant wastage' of the Australian Government aid program. After a quick skim of the headlines, I was sure that our aid program was now being run by the likes of Tony Soprano and his gangland cronies , and this hard hitting expose was about to burst it all open. The giant multi-media banner pasted across the page, titled “Top Secret, Operation Fraud" just about had me convinced. A quick fact check however made me realise that the News Limited headlines may have in fact been a little (or enormously) overstated. I'm not saying that corruption in developing countries isn't a significant problem, it is. And I'm not for a moment trying to suggest that all AusAID's programs are corruption free, they're not. What I am saying is that we need to keep these headlines in perspective. Getting Some Perspective The total… read more

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  • Beyond 10.10.10 - Reflections from Lausanne

    Posted by Joel

    21 October, 2010

    Micah Challenge's International Director Joel Edwards reflects on the 10.10.10 campaign Some ten days after 10.10.10 I am still reflecting on what God enabled us to do. And perhaps there's no better place to be doing this than in the middle of Lausanne III here in Cape Town with 4,200 delegates from all over the world. What has amazed and encouraged me has been the level of awareness about the campaign. Just yesterday Ruth Padilla DeBorst told me that the Latin American Theological Fellowship came behind the campaign and that her local church was one of the many across Latin American praying and promising. And just a few days earlier, Nicta Lubaale from the Organisation of African Instituted Churches told me that 2,000 churches in Kenya alone participated from across their network of 1,000 denominations who were being mobilised for 10.10.10. And Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance - one of our two parent bodies- told WEA's international leadership that he was excited by the level of feedback from people all over the world. And… read more

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