Wednesday, October 8, 2008

rich christians in an age of hunger, 4

recently, i was introduced to an international, evangelical anti-poverty initiative called the micah challenge. the organization takes its name from micah 6:8:

And what does the LORD require of you but to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

i was introduced to this program from three different directions: 1) a christianity today article -- evangelicals make case for bolder poverty response, 2) the evangelicals for social action website, and 3) a cbf email news release.

the micah challenge website offers this as their purpose:

"Micah Challenge USA is a Christian campaign that is part of a global Micah Challenge campaign. Our aims are to deepen our engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities; and to challenge leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and so halve absolute global poverty by 2015!"

for a list of their core values go here.

i like the idea of working together with other congregations around the world in fighting the devastating paralysis that poverty brings to the human potential, and offering this fight in the name of jesus is even better.