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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  • A $60 billion return on a crap investment?

    Posted by Ben

    25 July, 2012

    Politicians sure do love a good cost-benefit analysis. When resources are scarce, and since there's always another good cause (or a more politically attractive one) to invest public money in, it's good to have some sort of evidence of return on investment. Of course, cost-benefit isn't the only thing that matters when it comes to public policy. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has just released a cost-benefit analysis that I hope every Australian politician reads: Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage*. Looking beyond the yawn-inducing title, though, the report is mind-blowing. It assesses the total economic benefits of meeting the Millennium Development Goal targets as 60 billion US dollars each and every year, through time savings from reduced illness, reduced health care costs and lives saved. Just hold that thought for a moment; halving the proportion of people in the world without access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation would bring… 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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  • 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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