Who We Are

Micah Challenge Canada is the Canadian expression of an international campaign guided by the Biblical call in Micah 6:8 to pursue justice, mercy and humility. We exist to inspire and equip the church for advocacy and action in response to global poverty.

Our vision is to see the church, in unity, working alongside governments and other to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and thus halve global poverty by 2015.

To carry out our purpose, and realize our vision, Micah Challenge Canada provides the following resources and services:

  • Training for advocacy through workshops and online resources
  • Opportunities to collectively respond to global poverty through national mobilization days of prayer, fasting and action.
  • Opportunities for church leaders, students, and other “ordinary prophets” to engage with government leaders face-to-face to encourage further action and reaffirm commitment to the MDGs.
  • In-person and online forums for teaching and meaningful discussion around walking with the poor, to equip individuals and communities for further action.
  • Opportunities for networking and relationship-building with like-minded individuals.

 

Background

Micah Challenge was created by the Micah Network and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) in response to a groundswell among evangelical Christian churches wanting to contribute at all levels to the alleviation of poverty and to greater justice for poor communities.

Evangelical Christian organizations and local churches have made a major contribution to direct delivery of community development and relief programmes but have largely been invisible as a political force on poverty and justice issues. Notable exceptions are the role played by churches and church organizations worldwide, in the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign, and their growing involvement in the trade justice movement. In the economically poorer countries of the South, a number of church-based organizations have advocated successfully on human rights issues and for constitutional reform. However, these courageous stances taken by local and national churches, have seldom been linked across borders.

This is particularly true of evangelical churches and evangelical parts of the major Christian denominations. The WEA represents approximately 2 million evangelical Christians worldwide, many of whom are in the South. These tend to have very strong local roots and local accountability as a result of their decentralized and less hierarchical structures. However, they have also been less able, as a result, to develop multi-country campaigns on poverty issues.

The Micah Network is made up of 260 Christian-based community development agencies, also predominantly from the South. The Micah Network aims to empower this global community to become involved in advocacy for poor communities, from whom they come and with whom they work.

Our Biblical Mandate

Micah Challenge uses two biblical symbols of justice: the sun at dawn and a river rolling down.These symbols are found in Isaiah 58:6-12 and Amos 5:21-24. Both of these passages, like Micah 6:8, call on God’s people to practice justice. The beautiful passage from Isaiah says:   Is not this the fast that I choose to lose the bonds of injustice to undo the thongs of the yoke to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked to cover them and not to hide yourself from your own kin then your light shall break forth like the dawn;… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The passage from Amos concludes:

 let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream 

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