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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  • Child of the 80s

    Posted by Elissa

    25 October, 2011

    I’ll admit it: I’m a child of the 80s. I’ve got fond memories of Expo 88, and I can still sing the theme songs of She-Ra, Inspector Gadget, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Smurfs. Punky Brewster was my hero. I owned a hypercolour t-shirt, and I wore it tucked into my “happy pants”—think everything you’ve ever seen of MC Hammer, but on a five-year-old. It’s funny how the 80s legacy lives on, for better or worse. I got more than a little bit excited when Cold Chisel announced their comeback tour this year, and I’ll always have be fascinated by Rubik’s Cubes. And it seems my mum was right when she told me that fashions always go in cycles—although I just can’t bring myself to embrace high-waisted jeans a second time. But it’s not just clothes that seem to have cycled around again. One of the defining characteristics of the 80s was the “greed is good” mantra that infiltrated consumer psyches across the Western world. It’s no coincidence that one of the most… read more

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  • Ordinary Prophets

    Posted by Amanda

    18 October, 2011

    Last month over 230 ‘ordinary' people in Australia took four days off work, study or family commitments to visit Parliament House in Canberra for the Voices for Justice gathering. They prepared in prayer then knocked on doors to talk, listen and debate about global poverty with the leaders of their nation - these Micah Challenge supporters are a powerful and prophetic voice on the Millennium Development Goals. All over our world, ordinary Christians are discovering their prophetic advocacy role on justice and righteousness issues. It's a faith tradition that somehow got lost in some parts of the Church last century but Old Testament figures like Daniel, Joseph, Moses and Nebuchadnezzar had no issues dealing with kings to get things done for God and to make life more godly for all. And throughout the history of the Church, people motivated by biblical truth, have tried to right wrongs. Elizabeth Fry is a personal favourite on my list of prophetic Christians. An ‘ordinary' mother and wife, living very comfortably, she yearned for God to… read more

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  • Climate change - my grandmother's story

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    11 October, 2011

    Growing up in the city of Nairobi, Kenya, my favourite thing about visiting my grandmother in the rural countryside was the sounds of the roosters crowing in the morning and the cows mooing in the afternoon sun. The contrast between Nairobi's noisy hustle and bustle and the fresh smell of country air, with green, luscious, endless fields, was always refreshing. Nothing was as good as sitting next to the smoky fire having dinner and telling stories till midnight. We would walk under a star studded night sky and during the day, bath in the nearby river with the sound of crickets and birds all around. There's nothing like childhood memories... but in recent times these memories have been changed by a new reality. Every time I visited my grandmother when I was young, she would give me a chicken, potatoes, green bananas, arrowroots - "everything good and healthy," she used to say. When we'd leave she would load us upwith delectable country treats for us to take back to the ‘big city'. Now that I'm grown up, it's a very… read more

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  • Helping pollies overcome their 'poo taboo'

    Posted by Micah

    4 October, 2011

    The topic of poo is not usual dinner table conversation for nice Christians, and certainly taboo during a meeting with a politician. But last week - and no doubt to the horror of etiquette experts - that's exactly what was the topic of discussion between the leaders of our country and 230 Christians. I was a first-timer at Micah Challenge's Voices for Justice. Like a little raindrop, I joined Christians from across Australia, descending upon Canberra in a deluge of justice, overflowing with love for the world's poorest people. The pitter-patter of these raindrops was a gentle but persistent sound our politicians could not ignore, as we advocated on behalf of people living in extreme poverty. This year, there was a focus on the pressing issue of sanitation in developing countries and increasing aid to 0.7 % of our Gross National Income (GNI). With the volatility of our current political landscape, it was particularly important to encourage both sides of politics to remember their commitment to our poorest neighbours in the global village. The event… read more

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