Micah Challenge is a global campaign to mobilise Christians against poverty. The campaign aims to deepen Christian engagement with impoverished and marginalised communities, and to influence leaders of rich and poor nations to fulfil their promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The two aims – one looking inward and calling on Christians, and the other looking outward and calling on leaders – are interlocked. For many Christians, churches, and Christian organisations, engagement in political advocacy with poor communities will be a new step built upon a new understanding of Christ’s mission for the church. Micah Challenge is encouraging these Christians to explore and embrace ‘integral mission’. While for many Christians who are already engaged in work with poor communities, Micah Challenge offers a global framework for speaking up with the poor, particularly for the achievement of the MDGs.
To join the Micah Challenge in Zambia – as an individual, a church or an organisation – we ask you to sign the Micah Call, which clearly expresses the values and hopes for the campaign (see below) and complete a registration form. Please download our registration form – word document or PDF (you will need a PDF viewer to view this file – download one for free from Adobe reader or Sumatra PDF) – and return it to us. Or contact us for further information.
The Micah Call
This is a moment in history of unique potential, when the stated intentions of world leaders echo something of the mind of the Biblical prophets and the teachings of Jesus concerning the poor, and when we have the means to dramatically reduce poverty.
We commit ourselves, as followers of Jesus, to work together for the holistic transformation of our communities, to pursue justice, be passionate about kindness and to walk humbly with God.
We call on international and national decision-makers of both rich and poor nations, to fulfil their public promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and so halve absolute global poverty by 2015.
We call on Christians everywhere to be agents of hope for and with the poor, to work with others to hold our national and global leaders accountable in securing a more just and merciful world.