History of Micah
This is a brief summary of the History of Micah
Since time began, God has initiated a liberating and reconciling mission for all of creation. Scripture takes us through story after story in which God calls and prepares people to be his representatives, sent to rescue, serve, care for, restore and disciple communities and nations, with a special focus for those in need. Each generation of God’s people called out to live justly, love compassion and walk humbly. (Micah 6:8)
In 1999 a group of aid and mission organisations met in Kuala Lumpur to take time together and reflect on their response to God’s Mission. They rejoiced in the successes of aid, the impact of mission and reflected on the evolving strengths, weaknesses, challenges and concerns that were arising within the sector and in the changing world contexts. Recognising that they were better together and that God was calling them to unite their effort and work towards a more holistic and integral approach, so as to contribute more comprehensively into God’s transforming Mission, they established Micah Network to be a platform for Christian ministries involved in relief, development, creation care and justice responses to come together so as to strengthen their capacity and impact in making a biblically shaped response to the needs of poor and oppressed communities. Since its inception, Micah recognised the importance of building the capacity of members to embed integral mission approaches in and through all they do as well as to promote integral mission to Christian ministries around the world.
The initial 3 core guiding aims of Micah were:
- Strengthening the capacity of participating agencies to make a biblically-shaped response to the needs of the poor and oppressed
- Speaking strongly and effectively regarding the nature of the mission of the Church to proclaim and demonstrate the love of Christ to a world in need
- Prophetically calling upon and influencing the leaders and decision-makers of societies to “maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed and rescue the weak and needy”.
In 2004 Micah Network partnered with WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) to form a campaign called Micah Challenge. This campaign had two objectives:
- To raise awareness of the travesty of poverty
- To hold governments to account for the commitments they had made to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
As the MDG campaign drew to an end in 2015, Micah Network and the Micah Challenge campaign reflected on the impact they had had and recognised there was still much to accomplish and merged to form Micah Global, both a network and a movement that seeks to invite Christian ministries into a deeper fellowship and united action in and for God’s Mission.