Micah Challenge to Hold First Global Consultation

Christian anti-poverty strategists from nearly a dozen countries will gather in New York and Washington, D.C., next week for the first-ever international Micah Challenge facilitators consultation.

Micah Challenge is a network of global Christian organizations such as the World Evangelical Alliance and the Micah Network that works to promote the United Nation’s eight-point Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to halve poverty by 2015 and to deepen a faith-based engagement with the poor.

Network leaders representing various national Micah Challenge campaigns will be meeting face-to-face for the first time since the global initiative launched in Nov. 2004.

The series of meetings and conferences next week begin in New York on Saturday, Jan. 14, and will involve strategic planning to get the MDGs on track by its halfway mark in 2007. Some of the main objectives of the New York visit are to figure out the current projections for the MDG timeline and to brainstorm ways for each facilitator to establish a basic framework for their respective national campaigns.

The group will travel to Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and strategize ways to work together with larger international anti-poverty initiatives, such as Bread for the World and the ONE Campaign. Facilitators will also lay out a timeline of where the MDGs should be within the next 18 months and develop a holistic concept of those goals.

The events end on Saturday, Jan. 21, with prayer and reflection.