Micah Challenge gears up for 10.10.10 anti-poverty action

By staff writers
6 Jul 2010

Micah Challenge, a global coalition of Christians holding governments to account for their promise to halve extreme poverty by 2015, is gearing up its 10.10.10 campaign.

The idea is that on 10 October 2010, as many as 100 million Christians across the world will remind their political leaders of the promises they made on anti-poverty action and the goals set for five years hence through the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Micah Challenge (www.micahchallenge.org/) has played a particularly important role in galvanising the involvement and commitment of evangelical Christians across the globe.Its partner organisations include the Salvation Army, World Vision and Tearfund.

Alongside other aid and advocacy organisations, Micah Challenge is warning the international community and governments that unless urgent action is taken now, many of the Millennium Development Goals agreed by world leaders in 2000 will not be met.

On October 10, supporters will join in a specially written 10.10.10 prayer for justice, as well as making a promise to remember the poor in all they do and actively reminding their political leaders of the need to keep their commitments to the poor.

The campaign has been endorsed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, among others.

“If we start acting now and if we as believers can pull together in supporting these goals, we can hold our governments to account and we can make a difference in the world, the kind of difference God asks us to make,” commented Dr Williams on the '100 Day Countdown' to 10.10.10.

Micah Challenge’s International Director, Joel Edwards, former head of the Evangelical Alliance UK, added: “The campaign in October will come three weeks after a crucial review of our performance so far, at a United Nations Leaders Summit in New York. The world will be assessing how we are doing in fulfilling our promises."

He continued: “10.10.10 offers us an opportunity for robust and prophetic engagement around the promises made to the poor, as well as to offer critical evaluations of world government responses. This is why our prayer, promise and action are both timely and potentially transformational.”

For more about Micah Challenge, go to: www.micahchallenge.org/

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