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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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  • Natural disasters and the poor

    Posted by Micah

    1 November, 2010

    By Deborah Storie. Disasters are rarely "natural". Disasters occur when communities are affected by hazards that exceed their capacity to cope. Hazards that are disastrous for some may merely inconvenience, or even benefit, others. For instance, floods which destroy the livelihoods of communities farming marginal riverbanks may minimally impact urban communities above flood plains, and be welcomed by landowners who rely on regular flooding to replenish their fields. Similarly, labour-saving innovations materially benefit factory owners, shareholders and consumers but challenge workers to adapt to changing employment opportunities, devastating those with little capacity to change. "Natural" hazards (droughts, floods, earthquakes, landslides) exact a disproportionate toll from the poor, but this does not mean that they constitute the greatest threat to poor communities. Their vulnerability results from complex arrays of forces that shape societies and individuals in profound ways. At a global level, poverty-associated disability, death and displacement far exceed… read more

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  • 10.10.10 changed our campus!

    Posted by Micah

    26 October, 2010

    10.10.10 Reflections from Ethan Dean, Cornerstone University, USA 10.10.10. Until this date, this incredible event did not mean much to me. Not until I saw the impact that it had not only on the world, but specifically at Cornerstone University. I say specifically at Cornerstone because what happened on this campus was revolutionary. Hearts were challenged and as a result, hand prints were traced. The week of this Micah Challenge event, Cornerstone was holding a Global Opportunities week. We have mission trips offered to students, multiple campus organizations speaking out on social issues, missionary organizations informing us on unique opportunities. This year we had a unique speaker tell her story of surviving HIV. She at the end of her message promoted Micah Challenge and called roughly 730 people to trace their hands. 730 people!! I was asked by Dana Doll, the West Michigan Micah Challenge representative, to help collect the handprints. Having hundreds of them in my hands I snuck a few peeks at the promises being made. People promised money, time, and… read more

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  • Beyond 10.10.10 - Reflections from Lausanne

    Posted by Joel

    21 October, 2010

    Micah Challenge's International Director Joel Edwards reflects on the 10.10.10 campaign Some ten days after 10.10.10 I am still reflecting on what God enabled us to do. And perhaps there's no better place to be doing this than in the middle of Lausanne III here in Cape Town with 4,200 delegates from all over the world. What has amazed and encouraged me has been the level of awareness about the campaign. Just yesterday Ruth Padilla DeBorst told me that the Latin American Theological Fellowship came behind the campaign and that her local church was one of the many across Latin American praying and promising. And just a few days earlier, Nicta Lubaale from the Organisation of African Instituted Churches told me that 2,000 churches in Kenya alone participated from across their network of 1,000 denominations who were being mobilised for 10.10.10. And Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance - one of our two parent bodies- told WEA's international leadership that he was excited by the level of feedback from people all over the world. And… read more

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  • Carlyn Chen talks about Micah Challenge campaign achievements

    Posted by Micah

    23 September, 2010

    Voices for Justice Coordinator, Carlyn Chen, talks about the impact the Micah Challenge campaign is making in Australia. Voices for Justice from CPX on Vimeo. read more

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