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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  • 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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  • Let's finish what we started

    Posted by John

    13 November, 2012

    All of us have jobs that we leave unfinished that are the source of much frustration. All of us have to-do lists that never seem to get done. But some things just shouldn’t be left unfinished. In the year 2000 we committed to achieving eight Millennium Development Goals in order to halve poverty by 2015. These goals included reducing the number of kids dying before their fifth birthday by 2/3, reducing the number of mothers dying in childbirth by ¾, and halving the number of people without access to a toilet. We committed to ‘spare no effort’ to free people from extreme poverty. Some things are worth finishing. Micah Challenge’s Finish the Race campaign is an invitation to all Christians in this country to make sure that we don’t leave the job of halving global poverty by 2015 unfinished. There is too much at stake to let this slip down the to-do list. Finish the Race is an opportunity to work together as the body of Christ to address poverty and injustice because we believe poverty is contrary to God’s desire… read more

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  • Politicians are people too!

    Posted by Micah

    24 October, 2012

    Karl Chan Having been born in Malaysia and spent much of my formative years there, I have gotten used to the pseudo-democracy that exists within that nation. This has attributed largely to my scepticism of our democratic process that I am now a part of here in Australia. Participating in Voices for Justice last month has helped me to restore a bit of faith in our democratic process because as cliché as it sounds, my voice can and will make a difference. Education is the key to change in the developing world because it empowers the individual to make informed choices; likewise Voices for Justice is empowering individuals to make a difference and see change happen within Australia. In just four days Voices has redefined my thinking, challenged my thought processes and expanded my world. Gathering with like-minded advocates in prayer, worship and action is inspiring. We are all created with unique passions, giftings and abilities and so as we engage with all of our uniqueness we unite to speak out for a world of justice and compassion. The initial two days… read more

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  • Absolute power + absolute love = God's equation for justice

    Posted by Amanda

    19 October, 2012

    “If absolute power corrupts absolutely, and God has absolute power, isn’t God absolutely corrupt?” I was in a meeting in Delhi recently, talking about poverty and corruption when Rev Richard Howell, head of the evangelical churches network in India (EFI) asked that question. And the answer he gave? God combines absolute power with absolute love. Where there is sacrificial and unselfish love, power is transformed. And when individuals and society seek after the power of money and influence without love, corruption sets in. In its broadest sense, corruption is moral impurity or deviation from the ideal. It is the opposite of honesty and honour. How do everyday followers of Jesus rate on the corruption index? Maybe not very well. Lots of us are guilty of staying quiet when we see financial wrongdoing at work, some of us might indulge in a bit of petty corruption on the grounds that everyone else is doing it, some of us may not even think about integrity at the work place. For some of us, paying a bribe so our sick child can receive medicines is a… read more

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