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.

Micah Challenge is a global campaign of Christians speaking out against poverty and injustice. Click here to visit the Micah Challenge website.

  • Blessed to Serve - Robyn Evans makes her pledge

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    7 March, 2013

    Justice is a core part of my faith and it has been for many years. It is not a competing aspect of my faith, but is an equal element of it, just like humility and mercy (Micah 6:8). For me the Finish the Race campaign is a way of expressing my faith and being an advocate of change for the world’s most poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities. I believe Finish the Race is more than just a campaign; it’s a call to action. Responding to this call will save lives, give hope and enable the world’s poor to share the table of God’s resources, which should be for us all. Martin Luther King Jr started his famous speech with the now well-known phrase, ‘I have dream’. His dream was about equality and acceptance of race, and in many ways his dream is still being implemented today as the world continues to struggle to resolve these issues. One of my dreams is actually part of a prayer, a prayer we say regularly – “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. To me this prayer means that as I live my… read more

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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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  • 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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  • Poverty. And a large frappuccino to go.

    Posted by Matt

    11 December, 2012

    When you think about poverty, is this the kind of image that comes to mind? For as long as most of us can remember, these types of images have been used by non-profit organisations to show us what poverty looks like for millions around the globe. But the face of poverty is changing rapidly. Though rural poverty still exists, urban growth has contributed to an increasing number of people living in urban poverty. By 2020, roughly 1.4 billion people will live in informal urban settlements and slums. In these pictures, I’m standing next to a man who has been forced to rebuild his home three times in 10 years thanks to frequent typhoons in the Philippines. That day, he told me that every home he rebuilds is smaller than the last. His current home was a 5x3m shack, made from bamboo, plywood and scrap metal. The one-bedroom shack was home to his whole family: two parents and six kids under 16. But as appalling as the condition of this home was, it was the location that was most disturbing. In my travels, I've seen people living in some of the most… read more

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