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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  • 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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  • Faces Behind Finish the Race: Linda Hanson

    Posted by Micah

    2 May, 2013

    Linda Hanson is the Finish the Race community leader for the Wide Bay electorate. Here Linda shares about why she is so passionate about the Finish the Race campaign, and the role she plays in her community as a voice of change and advocate for social justice. Why are you passionate about being an advocate for the poor? The theme for the Uniting Church National Youth Convention in 2001 was Micah 6: 8 and ever since then this verse has struck a chord with me. All throughout the bible there are verses like this where Jesus is telling us as disciples to advocate for the poor and vulnerable. If I want to be real in my faith I can’t ignore these verses. How did you first become involved with Micah Challenge? I wrote a letter as part of the first letter writing campaign and in later years encouraged congregational members to do the same. Why have you committed to be a part of Finish the Race? After going to Voices for Justice last year I learnt that where I can be most effective is as an advocate in my home community. Also, before I went I thought my… read more

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  • Faces Behind Finish the Race: Andrew Miller

    Posted by Micah

    29 April, 2013

    Having been involved with Micah Challenge since 2007, Andrew Miller is a strong supporter of the Finish the Race campaign and a passionate advocate. Here he shares a bit about why he is passionate about seeing the end of poverty, and what Finish the Race means to him in his electorate of Mackellar. Why are you passionate about being an advocate for the poor? I am blessed and lucky to live in Australia and feel that I should share that with those who are far less privileged. I find it a tragedy that wealth is so poorly distributed and will do my best to change that disparity by campaigning for change and for justice. Why have you committed to be a part of Finish the Race? To sign the pledge is to add my voice to hopefully hundreds of thousands of others and to create a loud enough voice so that Australia's politicians play their part in making sure the race has a successful finish, but more importantly to lay the ground work past 2015 for more to be done. Other than being a Finish the Race supporter, what else do you do with your time? I volunteer at… read more

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