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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  • 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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  • Better Aid

    Posted by Micah

    10 January, 2011

    There are, of course, many ways aid can continue to be improved. But these achievements are outstanding changes to the way Australian aid is focused. Catalyst believes the overriding reasons Australia should give aid is to reduce poverty. Historically, this has not always been the case. During the Cold War, for example, much aid was given for political purposes. In recent years the Australia aid program has seen many improvements. • Reducing poverty is now identified as the primary purpose of the aid program; • Australian aid is no longer 'tied'. This means that recipient countries are no longer required to spend aid dollars on goods and services provided by Australian companies; • An Office of Aid Effectiveness has been created. This Government unit examines the effectiveness of Australian aid and recommends ways to increase effectiveness. The first report was produced in 2008 and identified some key areas to address; • The Millennium Development Goals have been adopted by the Australian Government as a key framework for directing aid. This means that as aid… read more

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  • New years resolutions & MDGs

    Posted by Joel

    4 January, 2011

    Micah Challenge's International Director, Joel Edwards reflects on starting 2011 So it's that time of the year again.. there's always something spring-like about the start of another year which makes us keen to take on a new challenge and become new frontier people. No wonder thousands of us decide to shake off the Christmas weight and take on new promises in January. In order to make them feel really serious we call them resolutions. There's something very resolute about resolutions! But I'm also getting the impression that fewer of us are into all this, "I promise to do" stuff. To be honest I haven't found anyone who has made a resolution his year. In fact, I took a small consumer survey of the Micah Challenge team a few moments ago to discover that no one made a resolution this year and the only person who came close said 'resolution' was a bit of a 'strong word.' I can't actually remember if I have ever made one, but if I did I probably stopped for the same reasons most people do: decisions we make in the moment don't always work. Or maybe it's even more… read more

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