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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  • Progress

    Posted by Laura

    21 August, 2012

    Seeing progress is a fantastic thing. Whether it is the clock in an exam ticking ever closer to the start of holidays, or finally seeing your hard work pay off, as you get better at a sport, or cards, or knitting, or skipping, progress is always really encouraging. I’m not really one for numbers. I never quite managed to get my times tables down pat (much to the chagrin of my father), and stuck to General Maths in Year 12, but even I have been astounded by the latest report from the United Nations. The 2012 Millennium Development Goal Report is the compilation of key indicators and data, which provide an assessment on how the world is going with reaching the targets. As we know, the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and halving poverty – 2015 – is getting really close. The good news? Extreme poverty is falling. The proportion of people living on les than US$1.25 fell from 47% in 1990 to 24% in 2008 – that’s a reduction of over 400 million people. 400 million people who are living above the… read more

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  • The Manly-Manado Walk is giving poverty the flush

    Posted by Vikki

    13 August, 2012

    The 10km ‘Spit-to-Manly Scenic Walkway’, along Sydney’s harbour foreshore, is undoubtedly one of Sydney’s most beautiful walks through the amazing bush land and beaches of the northern beaches. Such beauty has been the backdrop for 1,600 walkers who, over the last seven years, have raised over $186,000 for communities living in Manado, Indonesia by taking part in the annual Manly-Manado Walk (www.thewalk.org.au), organised by my church, Seaforth Baptist. In less than four weeks (8th September) the eighth Manly-Manado Walk is looking to raise a further $50,000 for 50 mothers and babies at a Compassion Child Survival Program, which is part of our church partnership with Getsemani Baptist Church in Manado. And the exciting news is that the pastor and his wife and son (who is a doctor at the project and speaking at Voices for Justice) are visiting us for the first time from Manado to take part in the Walk. The Walk is much more than a fundraiser. Through our involvement with Micah Challenge, our church has been inspired and encouraged to speak… 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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  • Faith, Prayer, Justice

    Posted by David

    6 July, 2012

    In this post-budget context, it is time to pause from the daily discussion around aid and the poor and reconnect with our God. In a world that does not know God; we must constantly return and be filled with faith in order to constantly renew our minds, our motivations, and our will in Christ. We are players in a battle contending for God’s just will to be done here. We must pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), we must let God invade this world through us because God has chosen in Christ to make His will known through us. Prayer is a matter of urgency. Jesus says we are to pray like a widow pleading to a judge; like a woman wanting bread who knocks on a neighbour’s door incessantly. I once heard a pastor involved in justice work express distaste for these passages inferring that God was a prayer merchant holding us to an impossible standard. The truth is that prayer is a gift, not an obligation. We need prayer to abide in God. The extraordinary reality is that we receive faith in prayer to continue, to believe, to receive nourishment for our… read more

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