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  • The trouble with politics

    Posted by Amanda

    24 November, 2011

    The trouble is that politicians are always looking to the next poll, the next election, the next emergency solution rather than making brave long-term and sustainable decisions. It’s often called the 'Eisenhower Principle' after his saying: "What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important." So earlier this month in Cannes, when leaders of all the major economies in the world gathered for the G20, short-term interventions to fix the urgent Eurozone crisis sucked the air and media attention from innovative important ideas. Greece, a nation of 11 million people, has managed to distract and frustrate G20 leaders. I wonder if other nations of 11 million outside Europe would have the same ability to attract bailout money of €200 billion / AU$275 billion (this is the total promised by the 2010 bailout and the latest package). Chad, Guinea and Tunisia all have a similar population but their poverty, their debt and their challenges go largely ignored. Haiti, a country with a population about the same as that of… read more

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  • My little friend Langtham

    Posted by Stevie

    21 November, 2011

    Meeting Langtham was a very special moment in my life. He is one year old and lives in Lusaka, Zambia. Langtham has cerebral palsy ... as do I. From vastly different parts of the world, we shared a few minutes together. More than that, we share the way our bodies work. Here's a video about the day I met Langtham: After I came home to Australia, I wrote this poem, holding dear my encounter with him: Dear Langthammy little friendthe meeting of our livesthat moment in timemy heart has framedToo young to remember meyou will always be rememberedDiversityin our ethnicity, territory, opportunitiesthe world between usa commonality we share –not an unfortunate afflictionnor some spiritual retributionNo, our bodies dance to a different beatour tongues, to a different tuneYour song, is beautifulYour eyes are as richas the soil from whichlife springs and takes rootMay your life be poetryspeaking the deeper truthMay your heart be warmedby your mother’s loveas your skin is warmedby the sunMay you treasure, nurturethe space between mother and sonMay friends… read more

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  • Confessions of a Micah Challenge Intern

    Posted by Marissa

    17 November, 2011

    This time last year, I was sitting university exams, looking forward to the summer but very unsure about what 2011 would look like. A friend of mine had sent me an email about a Micah Challenge Internship job that sounded like a really exciting opportunity. A month later I heard that I had been offered the job – I looked forward to beginning the year and seeing what would come out of the experience. I distinctly remember sitting in the office on our first day with my fellow interns as we shared stories of how we had become Christians and developed a passion for social justice and the fight against global poverty. The one thing that stood out to me was how God had lead each of us three interns on such unique journeys that meant we were so well suited to the role we were in. Eliza, Politics student/ ex-Development studies student was accepted into the position of Political Engagement Intern, Zoe, Development Studies student/ ex-Visual Communication student, as Communications Intern; and me, Development Studies graduate/ ex-education student/ bible college… read more

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  • Glimmers of Hope

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    15 November, 2011

    On a recent trip to Cambodia, I ventured an hour outside Phnom Penh to visit a project of the National Centre for Disabled Persons (NCDP). The trip itself told a story. Leaving from the centre of Phnom Penh we drove on well surfaced roads past well constructed and large buildings – offices, government ministries, restaurants and homes. The further we got from the city the more run down the roads and housing became, until we were on dirt roads pockmarked with deep holes and bordered by small, shoddy timber and iron houses on stilts. The contrast between the wealth and poverty in this country was vividly displayed. Arriving at an obviously poor, rural community we drove through the gates of a local school. Alighting the van we were shown into a classroom where a dozen or so severely disabled children sat at desks. A 15 year old girl with a twisted body and intellectual difficulties grinned mischievously as she wheeled it into the teacher; a curly headed girl with a broad grin concentrated on a puzzle; three boys with intellectual difficulties and twisted… read more

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