• Voices (and Feet!) For Justice

    Posted by Cherry

    2 September, 2014

    It’s been several months now since the incredible event that is Voices for Justice. As a first-timer I could barely contain my excitement – wrapping my head around tax dodging, seeing Christians come together from all around Australia, walking into Parliament House, meeting politicians and sharing with them our passion, as followers of Jesus, for seeing poverty eradicated.

    It was a totally invigorating experience where I felt like I was putting my faith into real action.  I left with an amazing sense of excitement as I realized that hey! We really can use our voices. We can be a part of shaping a better future for the world’s poor.

    I am already looking forward to going next year. But what now? Will we just wait in the meantime, or will we continue to take action?

    I am happy to say that Seaforth Baptist Church, the community I am grateful to be a part of, has been inspired to continue taking action within our local community. This year we are celebrating the tenth year of hosting the Manly Manado Walk, a beautiful 10km sponsored walk from the Spit to Manly.

    We are hoping to raise $30 000 in support of the Child Survival Program in Manado, Indonesia, which aims to prevent premature death, secure good health and enable positive development in the youngest, most vulnerable children.  The program also assists pregnant mothers, at-risk babies and infants and their mothers and caregivers by providing medical assistance, pre-natal care and nutritious food. It is hosted by our partner church Gethsemane Baptist, who regularly encourage and pray for us, as we also do for them. 

    It’s a fantastic opportunity to reach out to our community in Warringah and invite them to be part of seeing an end to extreme poverty. I am particularly excited that the focus of this year’s Walk is on celebrating the fantastic progress made against poverty to far – for example, annual deaths of children under five worldwide have fallen from 12.6 million in 1990, to 6.6 million in 2012. Not many people know this… but it is so worth celebrating! And by taking part in the Walk people have the opportunity to contribute to that number continuing to decrease.

    I’m the leader of a group called Go Fish, where a bunch of little legends in Year 5 and 6 from the local primary school come to the church on Friday afternoons to have crazy fun and think a bit more about who God is and how we get to know Him. This term we’ve been talking about social justice and exploring values like justice, compassion and generosity. A bunch of them are excited to put what we’ve been learning into action and come on down on the Walk. I’m so excited to walk with them… I not only get to walk for kids in Manado, but with kids from Australia who are dreaming big about how they can be part of changing the world.

    If you want to get involved, the Walk is this Saturday, 6th of September. Otherwise, please pray for us: for good weather, for the organizers, for fundraising. But most importantly thank God for the progress so far and for the hope we have in Him!

    Cherry Johnson is studying Law and Development Studies at Macquarie Univesrity and leads the Go Fish group for Years 5 & 6 kids at Seaforth Baptist Church. She attended Voices for Justice for the first time in 2014.