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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  • Driven to action - Scott's pledge to Finish the Race

    Posted by Scott

    27 March, 2013

    It’s official. There are now more overweight people in the world than undernourished. According to the World Health Organisation, in 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. I am one of them. Ok, I prefer to think of it as pleasantly plump, but however I describe it, I find it disturbing that in a world with such plenty 868 million people don’t have enough to eat. Statistics like this are not only disturbing; they drive many to despair, to throw their hands in the air and sigh at the intractability of the problem. They have the opposite effect on me. They drive me to action, because I believe the situation can change. Take undernourishment. In 1990 there were just on a billion hungry people in the world. In the 20 years since then the world population has grown by 1.5 billion, mostly in poorer countries, yet the number of undernourished people has declined by more than 100 million. And the trends are all in the right direction, whether you’re thinking income poverty, child mortality, or kids in school. I was in… 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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  • Embarrassed but thankful

    Posted by John

    18 March, 2013

    I’m rarely embarrassed. My family is often embarrassed by me, but I’m rarely embarrassed. Tonight I was embarrassed. Embarrassed to be an Australian. Embarrassed to be me. I’ve known Francois for 4 years. We’ve met three times in that 4 years. Every 2 years Micah Challenge Coordinators from around the world gather for fellowship and planning. Francois is the Coordinator of Micah Challenge in the small African nation of Burundi and we are together in South Africa at the moment. I arrived last night and this morning we hugged and renewed our friendship. Tonight we sat together to pray for our nations. We were each given a profile of our nation with various poverty/justice indicators on the sheet. I was embarrassed. This is not new to me. I know there is mass inequality in our world. So tonight I was surprised at how fresh the reality of that inequality was for me as I sat next to Francois. I didn’t want him to look at Australia’s profile because I was embarrassed by it. I didn’t like the way it made me feel.… read more

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