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  • Voices For Justice Day 2 - We are a Peculiar People

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    16 September, 2012

    Voices for Justice 2012 began last night and 300 Christians, converging into Canberra to campaign for the world’s poorest, joined me. From electorates all around Australia, we represent different denominations and backgrounds, spanning across numerous generations. From teachers, retirees, advertising consultants to development workers, students and journalists, we are indeed a peculiar people. We are peculiar because, despite our diversity, we are united through Christ’s love and His love for the poor. For politicians, we are even more peculiar because we are not lobbying for our own self-interest but for the interests of the marginalised. Day in and day out, politicians meet with their constituents and professional lobbyists, who are armed with their own agendas and issues. But over the next two days at Parliament House, our local politicians will be meeting with us, a motley crew of passionate Christians, half of whom are first-timers, determined to halve poverty by 2015. Today we learnt about the three issues that we will be speaking about to… read more

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  • Day One Voices For Justice - The Micah Summit

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    15 September, 2012

    Rewind your memories back to New Year’s Eve 1999. What were you doing to welcome in the new millennium? Were you celebrating this momentous milestone by wearing novelty glasses shaped like ‘2000’? Were you gathering supplies in anticipation of the Y2K bug? As a ten-year old, I remember watching the fireworks on television with my family, and together with the rest of Australia, we were excited to be part of this once-in-a-thousand year occasion. As humanity heralded the new millennium, our world leaders shared our sense of newfound potential. Why create New Year’s resolutions, when you could create new millennium resolutions? As we start a new chapter in humanity, what could we do to make a lasting change? With this in mind, our leaders came together at the Millennium Summit. Powered by possibilities, they committed to the Millennium Development Goals to halve extreme poverty by 2015. Fast-forward 12 years. There’s a buzz in Canberra today as a hundred handpicked Australians gathered for the Micah Summit, held before the start of… read more

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  • $22 Billion for World's Justice?

    Posted by Scott

    10 September, 2012

    How would you like to raise $22 billion for anti-poverty programs around the world? That's not $22 million but $22 billion. Sounds impossible right? Well maybe not. Back in September 2000 world leaders, including Australia's Prime Minister, gathered in Geneva and declared that the new millennium would be one in which we would forge a new world. “We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected. We are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want.” Inspiring words, but such words have been spoken many times before. Would these be yet another empty promise? Perhaps not, because this time the world's leaders put measurable targets against their pledge. They set 2015 as the date by which eight millennium development goals would be achieved and set targets against each goal - the proportion of people living on a dollar a day… read more

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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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