We are the International hub of Micah Challenge representing a global coalition of Christians holding governments accountable for their promise to halve extreme poverty by 2015. Promoting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) we empower Christians to speak out for justice and to turn compassion into action.
Micah Challenge has presence in over 50 nations, with active campaigns in 25 nations at any one time. We are part of the Micah Network and World Evangelical Alliance, which represents over 600 million Christians. Our coalition partners include Compassion, Salvation Army, Tearfund and World Vision, as well as a number of supporter denominations.
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Friday April 5th marks 1000 days until the deadline for completion of the global goals to halve extreme poverty by 2015.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed by 182 nations in 2000 and promised to halve hunger, get all children into school, provide clean water and sanitation for millions, tackle diseases like malaria and greatly improve maternal health.
Christian leaders from many parts of the world have written an open letter to remind governments of the commitment.
ALPHA founder Nicky Gumbel has been interviewed for the 9-week The Jesus Agenda DVD resource.
Rev Gumbel suggests that justice goes hand in hand with evangelism and discipleship.
He said: "If you read the Gospels, justice has a huge part to play.
"When you look at Jesus' message... it was words and actions. And social action includes both the looking after the victims of injustice - poverty, homelessness, inequality - but also an attempt to do something about the structures that cause injustice."
LEADERS from both sides of the pond have urged the global church to ensure its 'Good News' is active and embraces the poor - just as Jesus intended.
US-based Christian author Jim Wallis told Joel Edwards that Jesus' gospel and justice go together, during an interview for the 9-week The Jesus Agenda DVD resource for the global Church.
Mr Wallis is best known as the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine and as the founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name.
During The Jesus Agenda, Mr Wallis said that Jesus' words in Luke 4:18-19 were his "mission statement" for Christians to follow.
He said: "If your gospel isn't good news to poor people it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A NEW 9-week DVD resource for the global Church aims to re-examine and explore what holiness in the Bible really means.
The Jesus Agenda argues that holiness is central to our communal behaviour as well as our relationship with God and is far bigger than the issue of morality.
Joel Edwards conducted interviews for the course, produced globally by Micah Challenge, Christian Aid and Compassion, which aims to empower Christians to tackle materialism and corruption - two giants of oppression to humanity.
Joel said: "Somehow we came up with the idea that holiness, righteousness and justice are three entirely different things but that's a terrible misrepresentation of the truth. Justice is like a river flowing from the very character of God reaching to my personal sin and even to our institutional sinfulness."
Backing the resource is Pastor ID, leader of the City of David church - a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God - one of the world's largest and fastest growing churches.
Despite the church's wealth, Pastor ID is keen to ensure that justice is central to its message and works.
THE leader of one of Nigeria's most influential churches has urged Pentecostals to understand the true purpose of their power.
Sam Adeyemi, Senior Pastor of the 20,000-strong Daystar Christian Centre, said that God wants big churches to use their size, influence and wealth to end the suffering of the vulnerable and poor.
INFLUENTIAL Christian women are calling for the worldwide church to do justice for the 1.4 billion suffering in extreme poverty.
They are calling for Christians to help the world's poorest by advocacy and action.
Their comments are captured in The Jesus Agenda, a 9-week video resource to make the global church aware of God's heart for the poor. Holly Burkhalter, Vice President of International Justice Mission, said: "If God has any favourites on this earth, it seems to be the poor, and his heart is broken by crimes and cruelties against the most powerless... He tells His people to do something about it."
Dina Guerra, Christian Aid Peru, who also appeared in The Jesus Agenda, said: "This kind of inequality where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer is a situation of sin and we have to go against it.”
Rev Joel Edwards filmed 'The Jesus Agenda' to make the worldwide Church aware of God's passion for people to speak up for the poor. The nine mini-videos include supporting comments from church figures such as Alpha Founder Nicky Gumbel and global agencies UNICEF and the World Bank.
Micah Challenge, Christian Aid and Compassion are currently releasing the course to Christians across the world. This week’s voices echo the theme of Woman to Woman – a network also launched by Micah Challenge this week – which aims to inspire thousands of Christian women to help release millions from extreme poverty.
The Jesus Agenda is part of Micah Challenge's wider plan to mobilise Christians to remind world politicians to keep their Millennium Development Goal promises made in 2000 to halve extreme poverty.
Watch the Burkhalter interview at vimeo.com/micahchallenge/
Watch the Guerra interview at vimeo.com/micahchallenge/
For more information on Woman to Woman see w2wglobal.org
AT the very same moment that the General Synod voted to reject women bishops last night, dozens of women joined MPs in the House of Commons to launch a new network to empower women.
The Church of England voted just after 6pm while in this same city a new world network called Woman to Woman launched.
While many see the Synod vote as failing to empower women, Woman to Woman, an initiative of Micah Challenge, aims to empower girls and women to be change makers to help the poor by prompting action, prayer and campaigns.
MPs Diane Abbott, Caroline Spelman and Stephen Timms joined a packed Committee Room 9 full of women to hear about the plans to help the near 1 billion women and girls in extreme poverty.
One attender Naomi Williams wrote on Twitter: "Inspired to sisterhood and action by #w2wlaunch what a contrast to what a single handful of men decided down the road at #synod."
Amanda Jackson, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Micah Challenge, said: "The timing was ironic and interesting. Women bishops were being rejected but literally we were creating a new network at the same time to empower women and girls the world over. [Read more]
THE NEW 'GIRL POWER': CHRISTIAN WOMEN ACROSS THE WORLD UNITE TO HELP THE 900 MILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS IN EXTREME POVERTY
CHRISTIAN women across the world are uniting in a new network to fight for the near 1 billion women and girls suffering extreme poverty.
Women with global interest from across the world and from a variety of organisations and backgrounds are launching Woman to Woman on Tuesday (20th November 2012) at 6pm in the House of Commons in London, UK.
Woman to Woman organisers want to empower girls and women to be change makers to help the poor by prompting action, prayer and campaigns in the years to come.
They hope to remind world leaders of their promises made in 2000 to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 - but still 900 million women and girls are in extreme poverty.
Ex-Hillsong worship leader Darlene Zschech and Lynne Hybels have endorsed the event and UK politicians Diane Abbott MP and Caroline Spelman MP will speak about the opportunities and barriers for women in public life.
NEW VIDEO URGES MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS TO END POVERTY AGONY FOR 1.4 BILLION
A TRIO of Christian ministries have launched a video resource to inspire the world's Christians to help end the agony of 1.4 billion people suffering extreme poverty.
The International Director of Micah Challenge, Rev Joel Edwards fronts 'The Jesus Agenda' which aims to make the worldwide Church aware of God's passion for people to speak up for the poor.
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