- Follow Joel as he travels the globe inspiring you, the Church, to become a voice on poverty for Christians. We pray you will be informed, become engaged and speak out for justice.
But there seems to have been a spate of unusual and positive abdications in recent times.
Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr wrote his famous ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’. It was a considered and poignant response to a number of white clergy who thought that his civil rights actions against segregation in America, was anti Christian.
Today (5 April 2013) marks the 1000 days countdown to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - those 8 promises which the world made in September 2000 to halve extreme poverty by 2015. These promises ignited the work we are doing as Micah Challenge - gathering Christians across 40 nations to hold our governments to the promises they have made.
It’s been an amazing journey. And part of its amazement is the fact that as I travel around the world, I discover that so many people still have no idea what ‘MDGs’ mean. And when they do, the next question is usually, "How is it going: are the promises going to be kept by 2015?"
In Jesus' day, everyone knew what a cross was. They also knew what it meant.
Admittedly the event was accompanied by a good deal of ambiguities. The very fact that we met in the Congo Room at the prestigious River Club in South Africa was ambiguous: why not have the event in the heart of one of the informal settlements of suburbia which hug the highways as you drive away from the city?
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