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  • Insurance and the MDGs: Promises, participation

    Posted by Micah

    17 March, 2010

    Promises are a product. I work in insurance claims. I work in the promise business. Insurance products are not like other products. When you buy insurance you don't get to bring home a sexy shiny new gizmo, you bring home a promise. The promise is that if an unexpected, unforeseen sudden loss occurs, it will be covered. Politicians work in the promise business too. Politicians make promises to get elected and/or stay in office. In my business we are required by law to keep our promises. If we do not, the courts will make us. But what happens when politicians don't keep their promises? That is up to us. We are the court. Participation is a popular buzzword in development circles these days. People need to participate in their own development for the development to be truly transformational and effective. I agree. The developed world needs to get participation as well. Participation from churches, citizens, campuses across the global north that holds leaders accountable to their promises. This year's campaign aims to do just that. It is a call for Christians… read more

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  • God in the aftershock

    Posted by Micah

    12 March, 2010

    Micah Challenge International Director, Joel Edwards reflects on God and natural disasters Does putting God 'in the dock' over disasters or poverty issues help us see who he really is? The age-old question of Caring God vs Tyrannical Bully raises its head again in the wake of new year disasters... Why does a good God allow disasters such as earthquakes in Haiti and Chile to happen? It's the question which has put Christians on the spot for centuries. Great minds such as the Christian apologist C S Lewis and more contemporary writers such as Philip Yancey have wrestled with God and the problem of pain. The question pushes Christians in a tight place because it actually puts God himself in the dock. And there isn't anybody alive who hasn't done that at some point. And it's an important issue because what it does in effect is to raise a fundamental question about whether or not God really is concerned with our well being or just a very big bully who has bouts of kindness. Asking questions about God's goodness in disasters is one thing; demonising God is quite… read more

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  • Who is my neighbour?

    Posted by Micah

    28 February, 2010

    By Scott Higgins Picture an old man in Khaliahuri, Bangladesh He is 60 years old. He has four daughters. His economic status is declining year after year. Eight years ago he worked as a sharecropper. He had physical capacity and so could get loans from moneylenders. But his physical strength declined. He could no longer get loans. He sold all his movable assets to give his daughter in marriage. Now he works as a day labourer in the fields or on a fishing boat. However, because of his physical condition, people are less willing to give him work. On average he earns 20- 25 Taka per day (equivalent to around Australian $0.33-0.40), less in the rainy season. If he fails to get work even for a single day, he has to collect food by begging. Due to the unavailability of work, each member of his family had only one square meal throughout the preceding week. On the day when he gave the interview, he earned only 12 Taka (around Australian $0.20) working as a day labourer on a fishing boat. He bought 1 kilogram of wheat for 11 Taka. It was to be the only food for the… read more

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