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.

Micah Challenge is a global campaign of Christians speaking out against poverty and injustice. Click here to visit the Micah Challenge website.

  • Roadtrip Reflections

    Posted by Jasmin

    22 March, 2013

    Last week I had the opportunity and the honour to be one of 1000 young Australians travelling across Australia with the Oaktree Foundation to launch the Movement to End Poverty. We engaged with schools, universities and churches; petitioned on streets and in malls; met with senators and MPs and made fools of ourselves doing flash mobs and media stunts, all while sleeping on floors of community halls with little more than five hours shut eye a night. We did this because we believe that we can be the generation that sees an end to extreme poverty, and that is a belief that we will do almost anything to see become a reality. The Roadtrip was a significant experience for me and as I process my experiences I would like to reflect upon two aspects of the journey that I found I really learnt something from. Firstly; the power of the collective voice is immeasurable. As we gathered together on the laws on Parliament House last Thursday, I realised that we were no longer 1000 individuals, but rather one movement, united by one purpose and speaking out with one voice. This… read more

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  • Embarrassed but thankful

    Posted by John

    18 March, 2013

    I’m rarely embarrassed. My family is often embarrassed by me, but I’m rarely embarrassed. Tonight I was embarrassed. Embarrassed to be an Australian. Embarrassed to be me. I’ve known Francois for 4 years. We’ve met three times in that 4 years. Every 2 years Micah Challenge Coordinators from around the world gather for fellowship and planning. Francois is the Coordinator of Micah Challenge in the small African nation of Burundi and we are together in South Africa at the moment. I arrived last night and this morning we hugged and renewed our friendship. Tonight we sat together to pray for our nations. We were each given a profile of our nation with various poverty/justice indicators on the sheet. I was embarrassed. This is not new to me. I know there is mass inequality in our world. So tonight I was surprised at how fresh the reality of that inequality was for me as I sat next to Francois. I didn’t want him to look at Australia’s profile because I was embarrassed by it. I didn’t like the way it made me feel.… read more

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  • Blessed to Serve - Robyn Evans makes her pledge

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    7 March, 2013

    Justice is a core part of my faith and it has been for many years. It is not a competing aspect of my faith, but is an equal element of it, just like humility and mercy (Micah 6:8). For me the Finish the Race campaign is a way of expressing my faith and being an advocate of change for the world’s most poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities. I believe Finish the Race is more than just a campaign; it’s a call to action. Responding to this call will save lives, give hope and enable the world’s poor to share the table of God’s resources, which should be for us all. Martin Luther King Jr started his famous speech with the now well-known phrase, ‘I have dream’. His dream was about equality and acceptance of race, and in many ways his dream is still being implemented today as the world continues to struggle to resolve these issues. One of my dreams is actually part of a prayer, a prayer we say regularly – “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. To me this prayer means that as I live my… read more

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  • Urgent AND Important!

    Posted by John

    18 February, 2013

    I wouldn’t blame you if you were tired of people like me telling you that I need your help or support RIGHT NOW! Urgency can be tiring. Urgency is stressful. Urgency is unsustainable. That’s why the experts always warn us not to let the ‘urgent’ crowd out the ‘important’. The reality is that poverty in our world never slips off the urgent list. At every moment of every day someone in our world faces a life or death situation that is caused by poverty. However, for us who are removed from those situations, keeping it on our urgent list is probably unrealistic. That’s why our focus at Micah Challenge is to create lifelong advocates who will stand against the injustice of poverty as a matter of course – people for whom fighting poverty becomes part of who you are, rather than just something you do for a time. In other words, we are trying to plant it firmly on your ‘important’ list rather than your ‘urgent’ list, so that it doesn’t get pushed down your priority list. Having said that,… read more

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