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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  • Reflecting on Micah's training modules and change in the church

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    8 April, 2013

    Kylie Dundas writes this blog upon reflection of her participating in our online Training Modules over the past couple of months. She reflects on what she has learnt in the training, as well as sharing her experiences of social change within her church. I have recently been undertaking the Micah Challenge Training modules on how to create social change. Whilst it always initially seems too difficult to squeeze in another activity into my already overflowing schedule, I’ve found these modules to be helpful and interesting. It’s helped me reflect upon my own personal journey of advocating and demonstrating love to the poor and needy of this world. The training has also led me to more critically reflect upon my leadership of a social justice group within my local church. 6 years ago my local church had no social justice ministry, we were pretty inward focused, and not feeling very empowered (or even motivated) to change anything. In 2009 a Catalyst group formed (a Baptist World Aid Australia program) by a small group of 5 people who wanted to see a… read more

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  • Blessed to Serve - Robyn Evans makes her pledge

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    7 March, 2013

    Justice is a core part of my faith and it has been for many years. It is not a competing aspect of my faith, but is an equal element of it, just like humility and mercy (Micah 6:8). For me the Finish the Race campaign is a way of expressing my faith and being an advocate of change for the world’s most poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities. I believe Finish the Race is more than just a campaign; it’s a call to action. Responding to this call will save lives, give hope and enable the world’s poor to share the table of God’s resources, which should be for us all. Martin Luther King Jr started his famous speech with the now well-known phrase, ‘I have dream’. His dream was about equality and acceptance of race, and in many ways his dream is still being implemented today as the world continues to struggle to resolve these issues. One of my dreams is actually part of a prayer, a prayer we say regularly – “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. To me this prayer means that as I live my… read more

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  • Poverty. And a large frappuccino to go.

    Posted by Matt

    11 December, 2012

    When you think about poverty, is this the kind of image that comes to mind? For as long as most of us can remember, these types of images have been used by non-profit organisations to show us what poverty looks like for millions around the globe. But the face of poverty is changing rapidly. Though rural poverty still exists, urban growth has contributed to an increasing number of people living in urban poverty. By 2020, roughly 1.4 billion people will live in informal urban settlements and slums. In these pictures, I’m standing next to a man who has been forced to rebuild his home three times in 10 years thanks to frequent typhoons in the Philippines. That day, he told me that every home he rebuilds is smaller than the last. His current home was a 5x3m shack, made from bamboo, plywood and scrap metal. The one-bedroom shack was home to his whole family: two parents and six kids under 16. But as appalling as the condition of this home was, it was the location that was most disturbing. In my travels, I've seen people living in some of the most… read more

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  • Politicians are people too!

    Posted by Micah

    24 October, 2012

    Karl Chan Having been born in Malaysia and spent much of my formative years there, I have gotten used to the pseudo-democracy that exists within that nation. This has attributed largely to my scepticism of our democratic process that I am now a part of here in Australia. Participating in Voices for Justice last month has helped me to restore a bit of faith in our democratic process because as cliché as it sounds, my voice can and will make a difference. Education is the key to change in the developing world because it empowers the individual to make informed choices; likewise Voices for Justice is empowering individuals to make a difference and see change happen within Australia. In just four days Voices has redefined my thinking, challenged my thought processes and expanded my world. Gathering with like-minded advocates in prayer, worship and action is inspiring. We are all created with unique passions, giftings and abilities and so as we engage with all of our uniqueness we unite to speak out for a world of justice and compassion. The initial two days… read more

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