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Hunger Relief in Lock down

Hunger Relief in Lock down

by The Warehouse

An unemployed woman receives an SMS on her monochrome-screen phone. It says, “This voucher from [Khayelitsha Christian Fellowship] offers you R400 to buy food from your local supermarket. Your voucher number is 123456789 – please enter it at the till when you pay.” She goes to her nearby store, where she usually shops, and fills a basket with food that she knows her family eats and that she can make go a long way, as she has done many times before. This does not end her struggle with food insecurity, but it means her family will not go hungry today. Her eldest son is a daily wage worker who waits on the side of the road in Wetton, hoping for a day’s work as a labourer. It is this meagre earning that keeps hunger at bay most days, but there are no hopes for work in the coming weeks as the roads are quiet and empty … and will be for weeks to come due to lockdown.

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Hope in Action

Hope in Action

by The Warehouse

 

“As soon as the President announced that lock-down would be taking place in three days’ time, we asked ourselves, ‘What can we do quickly to lessen the food shortages that will be happening in the next three weeks?’ We sprung into action to organise food parcels for our most vulnerable church members and neighbours,” explains Tsakani Sibanda, leader of Church of the Nazarene Khayelitsha. It had to be immediate due to the dire needs of those around the church, including daily wage workers who would feel it the most."

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M.Phatics Guidelines

M.Phatics guidelines

Introduction to Kushamiri

Working and being in environments that are steeped in entrenched poverty, relentless inequality, greed and injustice, can leave us wondering what ‘success’ or lasting change looks like. How do we keep changing and bringing change? How do we keep moving forward as a collective, seeing God’s kingdom “come on earth as it is in heaven?” How do we keep hope alive? What does it mean to ‘flourish’ from God’s perspective?

What flourishing looks like in each of our contexts and communities may be quite different, so we can learn from and enrich each other through this process of contributing to the Kushamiri Community at the Micah Global Consultation 2021.

M.Phatics are talks to inspire, challenge and change us. They give everyone an opportunity to share what is on their heart?

Do you have an idea or a call to action that you want to share? Do you want to
challenge the Micah community with something you are passionate about? Have you a story to tell that speaks to the theme of flourishing in hard places? An injustice you would like to shed light on that hinders flourishing of all? Do you know a story of change, a testimony to learning something, history of an organisation and why it started, and more?

Find out more about how in the M.Phatics Guidelines. 

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Abundant Africa

Abundant Africa

Our decade to shape the African Century 

Africa stands at a pivotal point in its millenia-old history - the foundations we build now will influence our continent’s future. This is our kairos moment.

This paper is a declaration of hope. Like Joshua and Caleb we see the abundance of our Promised Land and, despite the giants that terrify many into unbelief, we bring a positive report to our people. If together we choose courage to lead, and obedience to God, Africa will one day be known as the abundant continent.

The paper is also designed to help start a conversation around how we shape the future of Africa. The audience is primarily for African Christian leaders in the church and society. But we welcome all to engage. The contents are the work of a number of authors, influenced by a series of consultations and conversations held in different regions of Africa to try and capture some of the important thinking on our continent.

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CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON DEBT SUSTAINABILITY

CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON DEBT SUSTAINABILITY

CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON DEBT SUSTAINABILITY FOR FAITH LEADERS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN ZAMBIA May 2021

by Fr. Singini I. Nacidze, OMI

This document details a brief report of the consultative meeting on debt sustainability for Faith Leaders and Civil Society in Zambia. The consultative meeting was organized by Micah Zambia/ Renew our World Campaign and GCAP / Civil Society SDG’s Campaign. The report focus on how faith based organizations and the Civil Society Organizations in Zambia can help in mitigating the debt situation Zambia is currently going through.

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An Olive Agenda

An Olive Agenda: First thoughts on a metaphorical theology of development

by Steve de Gruchy

This paper proposes a theological engagement with a metaphor that could transcend the duality between the ‘green’  environmental agenda and the ‘brown’ poverty agenda that has disabled development discourse for the past twenty years.

The mix of green and brown suggests an olive agenda; which in turn provides a remarkably rich metaphor – the olive – that holds together that which religious and political discourse rends apart: earth, land, climate, labour, time, family, food, nutrition, health, hunger, poverty, power and violence.

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Micah Global–Board and Trustees

Micah Global–Board and Trustees

by Micah Board

Micah Global Board Member and Trustees requirements

Introduction: Under our constitution (so-called Memorandum and Articles of Association, “Mem and Arts” or M&A) trustees are appointed by majority vote of the existing trustees. Note that the terms “Trustee” (relevant to the charity) and “director/coordinator” (relevant to its subsidiary company limited by guarantee) are used interchangeably and indiscriminately. 

One might think that vote of the members would be “fairer”, but it becomes a legal nightmare defining member rights and recourses, election processes etc. So, we have a procedure that looks to achieve a similar outcome in a way that is consistent with our values.

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Kushamiri Intro Flyer English

Kushamiri Intro Flyer English

Kushamiri - Flourish

Every three years, Micah Global members from around theworld gather for a consultation that is hosted in turn by oneof our regions. This year, Africa is our host. The Africanorganising team would like to invite you to gather on-lineduring the month of September 2021 for worship,conversation, learning and networking. The theme of theconsultation is KUSHAMIRI, which is the beautiful Kiswahiliword for ‘flourish’. What does it look like to 'flourish' in themidst of hard places? The world is saturated with injustice,pain, suffering, greed - and most of our Micah members liveand work on the frontline, advocating for change andshowing a different way. How do we play our part inbringing God's kingdom from 'heaven to earth', running therace well to the end?

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Live Justly Session 5

Live Justly Session 5

by Tearfund

A Chapter of LIVE JUSTLY, published by Micah and Tearfund and edited by Jason Fileta, was offered free online. 

Justice and Advocacy: Using Your Voice to Campaign for Justice

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” - Desmond Tutu

“It is impossible to ignore the political implications of biblical justice.”
- Joel Edwards

 Advocacy: Influencing the decisions, policies and practices of powerful decision-makers, to address underlying causes of poverty, bring justice and support good development. Advocacy never just raises awareness of an issue, problem or situation. It always seeks to change the policies, practices, systems, structures, decisions and atti­tudes that cause the issue, problem or situation so that they work in favour of people living in poverty and injustice.

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Kushamiri Contribution Guidelines

Contribution guidelines

Introduction to Kushamiri

Working in environments that are steeped in entrenched poverty, relentless inequality, greed, injustice and the impact of all of that on society, can leave us wondering what ‘success’ or lasting change looks like. How do we keep changing and bringing change? How do we keep moving forward as a collective, seeing God’s kingdom “come on earth as it is in heaven?” What does it mean to ‘flourish’ from God’s perspective? There are many reminders in the bible of God wanting us to flourish. Psalm 1:1-6 tell us that we will be like trees planted by streams of water, bearing good fruit. Psalm 92 speaks of the righteous flourishing. But what does Godly flourishing look like in today’s world and in your context?

The flourishing we seek is described in the invitation and the promise of Jesus Christ to his followers: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). It is this active abiding, us in Christ and Christ in us. We will also consider the fruit which such abiding produces, in our lives and in the communities where we are located. Considering flourishing from a biblical perspective, we are also reminded also of the text in Revelation 22:2 where the tree of life has twelve kinds of fruit and produces fruit every month. And the leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations.

The joy of being part of a network is that we learn from a wide variety of perspectives, ways of thinking and being, and cultures and contexts. The more members and guests who participate in making contributions, the richer our learning and growth in understanding will be. Be a part of Kushamiri and share your ideas, experience, knowledge, creativity and skill with the other participants. Remember, its mostly not about creating something new (although you may of course choose to do that), but about looking through what you already have, and sharing items that speak to the theme of flourishing.

Read more about the Guidelines here

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