Micah Challenge is a global movement of Christian agencies, churches, groups and individuals which aims to deepen people's engagement with the poor and to help reduce poverty as an integral part of our Christian faith.
Micah Challenge takes its name from the prophet Micah, who wrote, "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8).
Micah Challenge has two main purposes:
1. Inward Change: to prayerfully encourage Christians to walk humbly with God and seek His heart for people in poverty.
Micah Challenge firstly aims to deepen the commitment of Christians to the idea of an integrated gospel of good news - to proclaim and demonstrate the love of Jesus to a world in need. We want Christians from all backgrounds to show God's kindness and justice, in response to the biblical call of Micah. We challenge Christians to make a lifelong commitment to speaking out against the injustice of poverty. Click here to view prayer resources in response to poverty and injustice.
2. Outward Action: to inspire and equip Christians to do justice and love kindness by being prophetic voices to our government and community on behalf of the poor and oppressed.
Secondly, Micah Challenge aims to be a prophetic voice calling upon and influencing leaders around the world to defend the rights of the poor and oppressed (Ps 82). Micah Challenge supporters urge decision makers to fulfil their promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals on global poverty by 2015.
Micah Challenge provides a gathering point and a platform where all Christians can raise their voices together to effect real change in national and international policy. Ultimately this effects real change in the lives of the world's poorest people.
In Australia, Micah Challenge Australia gives local expression to the international movement. We are a coalition campaign, made up of all the major Christian development agencies as well as mission agencies, churches and individuals.
Micah Challenge Australia partners with MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY. Internationally, Micah Challenge is a member of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP).