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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  • Thanks for joining us in prayer as action

    Posted by Marissa

    3 March, 2011

    We hope our 8 day PrayAct campaign has been a rewarding and enriching experience for you as we commit ourselves and our efforts to fight injustice to our great and powerful Creator God. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer over last week - we are convinced it is an essential foundation for the campaign. Thank you for prioritising the time to echo God's heart for the poor; entrusting progress toward the Millennium Development Goals to our God who listens. The whole notion of this prayer campaign was - 'Prayer is action', and it really is. Praying this week was an avenue to defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:9) and appealing to God to act. For me personally, I was absolutely humbled as I prayed each morning. The prayers were a wonderful point of reflection on the way God works according to his loving rule. It has encouraged me to continue the fight against poverty and injustice. I found this passage to be particularly relevant this week: For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no… read more

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  • Prayer is action!

    Posted by John

    20 February, 2011

    National Coordinator, John Beckett invites you to "Pray with us!" on 20-27 Feb 2011 People often thank me because Micah Challenge has given them an opportunity to DO something that makes a difference in response to extreme poverty. We welcome the thanks. Of course, our hope and prayer is that we can mobilise all Christians in Australia to SPEAK and ACT on poverty issues in the public space. We have a voice, a voice that is shaped by the Lordship of Christ. It is a credible voice! Yet in all our activity, in all our work for change, we are committed to one action that should come before, follow after, and run as a thread through, all that we do - the ACT of PRAYER. Prayer is action! Have you ever thought of it that way? Not simply 'pray before you act' or 'pray for the strength to act'. The act is the prayer. And it is the most important and powerful action we perform in our fight against poverty and injustice. What kind of action is it? Prayer is an act of justice. It calls on the God who is just to restore right where there is wrong; wholeness where there is… read more

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  • What is Advocacy?

    Posted by Micah

    13 January, 2011

    Advocay is something that happens at a grassroots level all over the world. Here's a story from Cambodia. In the book Daughter of the Killing Fields, Theary Seng tells the horrifying story of herfamily's flight from Pol Pot's Cambodia. The book includes an account of her great Aunt and Uncle's unsuccessful attempt to enter Thailand. Having reached the Thai-Cambodiaborder, Aunt Nan and Uncle An are part of a group of refugees met by Thai soldierswho are determined to force them back. At gunpoint group is herded to the top of amountain and told to start heading down into Cambodian territory. The valley floor isriddled with landmines. From atop the mountain An and Nan hear the thunder ofexploding landmines when refugees sent back before them step on the burieddeathtraps. One family refuse to move. The father is shot through the head, and whenthe rest of the family start to run, they too are mown down by bullets. With the stenchof death and fear around them, An and Nan reluctantly accept their fate. They headtoward the valley floor, treading over the corpses of… read more

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  • New years resolutions & MDGs

    Posted by Joel

    4 January, 2011

    Micah Challenge's International Director, Joel Edwards reflects on starting 2011 So it's that time of the year again.. there's always something spring-like about the start of another year which makes us keen to take on a new challenge and become new frontier people. No wonder thousands of us decide to shake off the Christmas weight and take on new promises in January. In order to make them feel really serious we call them resolutions. There's something very resolute about resolutions! But I'm also getting the impression that fewer of us are into all this, "I promise to do" stuff. To be honest I haven't found anyone who has made a resolution his year. In fact, I took a small consumer survey of the Micah Challenge team a few moments ago to discover that no one made a resolution this year and the only person who came close said 'resolution' was a bit of a 'strong word.' I can't actually remember if I have ever made one, but if I did I probably stopped for the same reasons most people do: decisions we make in the moment don't always work. Or maybe it's even more… read more

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