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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  • How do you solve a problem like Maria?

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    4 September, 2012

    I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks until Voices For Justice 2012! I have been to the past five Voices for Justice but I think this year’s is crucial. I sense there has been a change in attitudes over the past few years. Everyone is more concerned about their own future and is less generous towards others. I want to be part of the voices saying we can and should look after more than just me and my kin. I want to be part of God’s plan to care for the poor and marginalised in our world. Over the years I have met so many inspiring people – both speakers and other “voices.” At Voices For Justice 2009 I met a lady called Maria. I learnt so much from spending the four days of Voices with her. Maria was born in the developing world, in a country with a corrupt government. She was amazed at our Parliament House and our system of government and could not believe that we could just walk in, watch what was happening and actually meet with our local politicians. Meeting her certainly made me realise how privileged we are… read more

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  • These Men Have Never Carried a Drop of Water

    Posted by Tim

    27 August, 2012

    My recent book, Hope, contains anecdotes that come from where I have travelled with my work or impressions I have gathered as I reflect on my lived experience. A dominant thread through the book is that of hope. I am essentially a hopeful person who believes that life has a way of giving us the impetus to keep going in hard times, and not to give in to cynicism and despair. Following is an excerpt from the book which illustrates the hope that I see on my travels: I love watching the advertisements when charities devoutly declare that they are not political. What they mean to say, or in my view should say, is: we are not partisan but, of course, we are political. We should never be partisan and have a secret agenda to back a particular political party or interfere in domestic politics – tempting as that is when dictators rule. But we cannot do development without being small ‘p’ political. Politics is about power and who gets what they want and who misses out. Development and lifting people out of poverty often means disturbing power that… read more

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  • Be Open to God's Call

    Posted by Scott

    17 July, 2012

    What the Bible Says “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigners residing among you, giving them food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:17-18 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 Reflecting on What the Bible Says Widows and orphans are mentioned repeatedly throughout the bible. God is said to be their defender and God’s people are to defend and care for them too. This is because widows and orphans were particularly vulnerable to poverty and exploitation. In the biblical eras, property and power were commonly held by men. Widows and fatherless children had no man to protect their interests and so were easily forced off their land, exploited and marginalised. Once in this situation it was very difficult for them to… read more

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  • One Voice for Justice

    Posted by Melanie

    12 July, 2012

    What does it look like to spend 4 ½ years working as an advocate for and with the global poor? Melanie Wellings, our long-serving Office Manager who recently moved on to a new role, shares with us the highlights of her involvement with Micah Challenge over the past half decade. When I started work at Micah Challenge in December 2007 the office was small, literally a ‘bedroom’ at the Baptist World Aid headquarters. We had one phone line, and with a plank of wood we were able to turn two desks into three (which still remain cramped for the four staff members and various volunteers). Micah Challenge was starting to grow quite rapidly, but there were many corners of the church where its influence was unknown. Fast forward to 2012, and so many more Christians across Australia are engaged with the important advocacy work of Micah Challenge. Everything has grown – from the office space and staff team, to the intern program, volunteers and agency support – but most importantly the call for justice has grown louder and many more churches… read more

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