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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  • The beauty of repentant prayer

    Posted by Rebekah

    20 February, 2012

    “I used to spend a lot of energy asking God questions. Why must poverty persist in a rich country like the USA? Why does one continent, Africa, absorb like a sponge so many of the world’s disasters? When will ‘peace on earth’ ever arrive? Ultimately, I came to see these questions as God’s interrogations of us. Jesus made clear God’s will for the planet – what part am I playing to help fulfil that will?” – Philip Yancey, ‘Prayer - Does it Make Any Difference?' I often catch myself thinking about poverty as something outside of myself; something disconnected from the real world in which I live, day to day. It is hard to fathom that while I sit at my kitchen table each morning eating my muesli and yoghurt, starvation is a reality for a large majority of our fellow humanity. It’s so easy to maintain this disconnection and not stop to consider that I may somehow, in some way, actually be responsible for the poverty in our world. Poverty is often real enough to us that we can rant about the… read more

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  • Biblical power

    Posted by Marissa

    12 January, 2012

    Towards the end of last year, Andrew Sloane, a great friend of Micah Challenge and Chair of our Theology Working Group, presented a paper he wrote called ‘Justifying Advocacy’. Some Christians might wonder, “What does this ‘advocacy business’ have to do with my faith?” Or at the other end of the spectrum some of you might exclaim, “Why do we even have to justify advocacy?? Let’s get out there and do it!” The question of what the mission of the gospel looks like for Christians is well worth pondering, and I found Andrew’s paper really helpful in unpacking biblical advocacy and the pattern of justice that God has set out for us. One of the main aspects of understanding advocacy is to wrestle with concept of power. When we look in the bible, there are power structures evident in every narrative. But theologically, God gives political power and authority to individuals for the good of those without power. The Old Testament contains many examples of how God intended power to be used in the society of Israel,… read more

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  • Confessions of a Micah Challenge Intern

    Posted by Marissa

    17 November, 2011

    This time last year, I was sitting university exams, looking forward to the summer but very unsure about what 2011 would look like. A friend of mine had sent me an email about a Micah Challenge Internship job that sounded like a really exciting opportunity. A month later I heard that I had been offered the job – I looked forward to beginning the year and seeing what would come out of the experience. I distinctly remember sitting in the office on our first day with my fellow interns as we shared stories of how we had become Christians and developed a passion for social justice and the fight against global poverty. The one thing that stood out to me was how God had lead each of us three interns on such unique journeys that meant we were so well suited to the role we were in. Eliza, Politics student/ ex-Development studies student was accepted into the position of Political Engagement Intern, Zoe, Development Studies student/ ex-Visual Communication student, as Communications Intern; and me, Development Studies graduate/ ex-education student/ bible college… read more

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  • A very precious 5th birthday!

    Posted by Eliza

    10 November, 2011

    I’d been hearing about this birthday party for weeks – my little friend Lol Lol’s bunny rabbit themed 5th birthday. Lol had been looking forward to this day since her party guests left her 4th birthday party and every time she told me about it, she beamed. A bunny rabbit invitation had been sent out, designed by Lol herself and her clever mum had baked the Women’s Day bunny rabbit birthday cake that Lol had chosen. A no-doubt nervous little bunny was even invited to the party, to be ‘gently’ patted and cuddled by Lol’s party guests. Yesterday Micah Challenge shared video on their Facebook page about a deadly disease that claims the lives of more children under five than AIDS, measles and malaria combined: As I watched the horrifying statistics flash across the screen, Lol lol came to mind and I felt a sting. A few years ago, my little friend Lol was really sick. The normally loud and energetic Lol had become subdued. She spent hours on the couch, too tired to go outside or play. After a few days of thinking she had… read more

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