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.

  • Country by Country Reporting: An idea whose time has come

    Posted by Gershon

    23 April, 2013

    I blogged last year about a shocking global conspiracy that was doing immeasurable harm to the world and ripping billions upon billions of dollars out of developing country coffers (more money than they receive in aid). I despaired that the biggest perpetrators of this enormous crime were continuing to enrich themselves at the world’s expense while getting away scot free. Well here’s the update; all that’s starting to change. The world is standing up and taking notice, and for the criminals, it looks like it’s time for them to start paying the piper. At the centre of this global crime wave are multinational companies who have manipulated the global economic system to allow themselves to shift their profits away from the nations where they actually operate and into tax havens. This deprives countries of the funds they need to support their citizens, which means less roads, doctors, police, schools and teachers. In developing countries this translates to less lives saved, less children educated and a prolonged experience of poverty. The… read more

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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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  • Roadtrip Reflections

    Posted by Jasmin

    22 March, 2013

    Last week I had the opportunity and the honour to be one of 1000 young Australians travelling across Australia with the Oaktree Foundation to launch the Movement to End Poverty. We engaged with schools, universities and churches; petitioned on streets and in malls; met with senators and MPs and made fools of ourselves doing flash mobs and media stunts, all while sleeping on floors of community halls with little more than five hours shut eye a night. We did this because we believe that we can be the generation that sees an end to extreme poverty, and that is a belief that we will do almost anything to see become a reality. The Roadtrip was a significant experience for me and as I process my experiences I would like to reflect upon two aspects of the journey that I found I really learnt something from. Firstly; the power of the collective voice is immeasurable. As we gathered together on the laws on Parliament House last Thursday, I realised that we were no longer 1000 individuals, but rather one movement, united by one purpose and speaking out with one voice. This… 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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