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  • Voices for Justice 2014 Day 1

    Posted by Benton

    22 June, 2014

    It’s Day 1 and I arrived to a rather crisp Canberra morning for my third trip to the nation’s capital and also my third Voices for Justice (having previously been a part of V4J 2009 and 2011). It’s really special travelling from Brisbane to Canberra knowing that each time I arrive it’s to participate in a challenging and yet encouraging 4 days with a huge band of Jesus following prophets and activists from a tapestry of Christian faith traditions. I came to V4J this year because I want to engage with my local politicians on why tax dodging is so harmful to the poorest in our world, because I believe that advocacy works and that Jesus calls us to speak up against unjust systems in our world for the sake of the poor. I am also convinced that Voices for Justice is an incredibly powerful forum for recalibrating our lives (and our activism) around the way of Jesus and if you haven’t ever been, I would encourage you to make the trip! Voices started, as it always does, with a stirring welcome from Vikki Howorth and a wonderful time of… read more

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  • No choice but to persevere

    Posted by Matt

    10 April, 2014

    For me there is no choice as to whether or not to persevere in the fight against global poverty because for the people I advocate for, choice is not a luxury they have. Now before you think this is about to be a hard-nosed, "let's go hoo haa, stop whining and pull yourself up by the bootstraps" kind of call to arms, let me put you at ease. For those of us who care for the poor and marginalised, the last few years in Australia have been long, painful and at times utterly depressing. We have seen promises broken, cries for justice go unheard and what has felt at times to be not just a toughening of policies but a hardening of hearts. So if you would allow me, let me take you to the far West of Nepal, to meet a woman whose perseverance has been the difference between life or death for countless mothers and their babies, so that her incredible story of determination might refuel and restore you to continue in your own advocacy here in Australia. It was early in the morning when Basanti - a ‘Child Health Now‘ Ambassador trained by… read more

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  • EXPOSED stories from around the World

    Posted by Amanda

    23 October, 2013

    In Manila this week, Christians have been holding Jericho walks to symbolically bring down walls of corruption. There is outrage in the PHILIPPINES because US$250 million due to be spent on development projects for the poor has ‘disappeared’. Christians have been walking and praying around key government buildings in Manila and the capital, Quezon City. What a mighty prophetic action! In addition, the caravan of marchers has taken a roast pig with them as a symbol of how pork-barreling is responsible for millions going missing. In 142 other cities around the country, vigils of prayer and advocacy to expose corruption and its devastating effects on the poor have take place throughout October as part of the global EXPOSED campaign. Let me tell you some more stories… In UGANDA, where it is risky to hold gatherings in public there was a four hour Vigil ending at midnight on Tuesday 8th, the eve of Uganda’s 51st independence anniversary. The Vigil brought together many different groups that are calling for integrity in public finances… read more

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  • Halve Poverty: an organisers journey

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    4 September, 2013

    On Saturday August 31, thousands of people from churches, schools and community groups in the Warringah electorate and beyond formed the giant message "Halve Global Poverty 2015" across Manly Beach for Tony Abbott and Australia's political leaders to take notice. Susy Lee is a member of Seaforth Baptist Church and was on the organising team for Warringah's Halve Poverty event; rallying local schools and coordinating the education and advocacy tent. She reflects on her journey in the lead up to the day; and the powerful voice of the younger participants. It’s hard living in a very ‘safe’ seat. It feels like my vote doesn’t count for much. We’ve lobbied our (somewhat famous) MP several times with no feedback, so when Micah Challenge asked us to do something as part of their nation-wide Finish the Race campaign, our little church decided we needed something big and attention-getting. This was an important moment in history – we’re in Tony Abbott’s electorate! So five of us starting… read more

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