To those that know me this may sound odd. I am endorsing an agency that seeks to raise funds. I have preached against aid agencies for the last two to three years. Not because I want people to starve, die, or that I do not care. I want to fight for justice. I also want solutions from those nations that are struggling to become economically viable to be at the forefront of development processes.
I have discovered an aid agency that I can support. I support their foundation of personal relationship with those they seek to serve. It is called the Micah Challenge. I do know that this organization is also founded in an evangelical (fundamental possibly) group of Christians. I do not think that I can withhold from them my support in their endeavor to combat global injustice. It is my hope that we can fight for global justice that includes GLBT issues of the right to live and civil rights that are currently not offered to many in this circumstance.
I must say that The Micah Challenge impresses me in the means they seek to walk humbly and seek the Lord. First they are committed to work towards the Millennium Development Goals.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are:
- Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
- Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
- Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
- Goal 5: Improve maternal health
- Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
- Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
This means they are partnering with a strong ecumenical partnership in global unison to combat poverty and the systemic sickness that flows from our consumerist, hedonistic lifestyles.
They are committed to achieve the MDG via a commitment to Prayer, Relationships, Learning & Sharing, and Efficiency & Accountability. The seek to work towards a holistic change in global communities to reach out to the spiritual, physical, mental, social, economic, and emotional well being of [ALL] people. Seeking greater justice and less poverty, they are seeking to reach out to the marginalized of this global culture.
It is not just a call for money. It is a call to educate and expand your normative understanding of Christ and what it means to follow Christ. This is achieved in relationship and working with those that are marginalized by their circumstance.
Here is a graph that explains the desired and hopeful engagement from YOU.
 Under the Core Values section titled The Good News, “We affirm that the good news of Jesus demonstrates concern for the spiritual, physical, mental, social, economic, and emotional well being of [ALL] people.