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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  • Urgent AND Important!

    Posted by John

    18 February, 2013

    I wouldn’t blame you if you were tired of people like me telling you that I need your help or support RIGHT NOW! Urgency can be tiring. Urgency is stressful. Urgency is unsustainable. That’s why the experts always warn us not to let the ‘urgent’ crowd out the ‘important’. The reality is that poverty in our world never slips off the urgent list. At every moment of every day someone in our world faces a life or death situation that is caused by poverty. However, for us who are removed from those situations, keeping it on our urgent list is probably unrealistic. That’s why our focus at Micah Challenge is to create lifelong advocates who will stand against the injustice of poverty as a matter of course – people for whom fighting poverty becomes part of who you are, rather than just something you do for a time. In other words, we are trying to plant it firmly on your ‘important’ list rather than your ‘urgent’ list, so that it doesn’t get pushed down your priority list. Having said that,… read more

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  • Why we disagree with the Government

    Posted by Ben

    21 December, 2012

    So many Micah Challenge supporters are telling the Government, "Don't Divert Aid", that they are already receiving standardised email replies from some politicians or being argued with by the staff who answer the phones in the politician's office. I think that's a sign that the campaign is getting through. So, following on from my previous post, I wanted to put in one place our reasons for disagreeing with the Government's plan to divert $375 million of the aid budget towards domestic refugee costs. Sorry that this post is a little long and slightly policy wonkish. For those who want the summary version, we oppose the Government's plan and disagree with its reasons because the planned diversion of aid: 1. is a massive, sudden and poorly-considered shift in the aid program's priorities. 2. represents a cut to poverty reduction programs overseas to meet a domestic expense. 3. makes our aid program less predictable, and thus less effective. 4. is unnecessary – Australia has the resources and responsibility both to care for… read more

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  • Women of Goma cry out for peace this Christmas

    Posted by Amanda

    17 December, 2012

    At the first Christmas, angels sang of peace and goodwill - comforting and hopeful promises that fit our celebrations. But for Mary and Joseph and their new baby, God's promise must have seemed elusive. We know they had to flee immediate danger because of Herod's cruel response to the prophecy of a new king. I wonder whether they had an inkling of God's peace that passes understanding – I hope they did as they sought God's protection and guidance outside Israel. If Bethlehem was a forgotten backwater of the Roman Empire, Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is a remote and forgotten place today. But a place rich in minerals like gold and coltan. A place worth fighting over. On November 20, 2012, M23 rebels seized Goma, reigniting a war that has ravaged the region for 16 years. In the midst of UN inaction and corrupt government troops, the M23, one of many rebel groups vying for power in allegiances that shift and change, was able to move swiftly. Neighbouring Rwanda was accused of supporting the M23 for ethnic and economic… read more

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  • Let's finish what we started

    Posted by John

    13 November, 2012

    All of us have jobs that we leave unfinished that are the source of much frustration. All of us have to-do lists that never seem to get done. But some things just shouldn’t be left unfinished. In the year 2000 we committed to achieving eight Millennium Development Goals in order to halve poverty by 2015. These goals included reducing the number of kids dying before their fifth birthday by 2/3, reducing the number of mothers dying in childbirth by ¾, and halving the number of people without access to a toilet. We committed to ‘spare no effort’ to free people from extreme poverty. Some things are worth finishing. Micah Challenge’s Finish the Race campaign is an invitation to all Christians in this country to make sure that we don’t leave the job of halving global poverty by 2015 unfinished. There is too much at stake to let this slip down the to-do list. Finish the Race is an opportunity to work together as the body of Christ to address poverty and injustice because we believe poverty is contrary to God’s desire… read more

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