Hundreds of Christians have converged on Australia’s Parliament House this week to meet with politicians and ask them to increase the nation’s commitment to Australian Aid.
They’re in the nation’s capital as part of Micah Australia’s Voices for Justice, a gathering of Christians to learn how to engage with federal politicians on issues around global poverty.
Armed with clear, specific ‘asks’, facts and personal stories, each individual knew what they were asking for when they met with politicians of every stripe.
Like Jason, delegates at Voices for Justice have spent the weekend being trained by some of Christianity’s best political engagers – namely, Micah Australia’s Tim Costello and US CEO of Sojourners Adam Taylor, the former leader of the Faith Initiative at the World Bank Group.
After two days of training, Monday is game day, kicking off on the front lawns of Parliament with a 7.30am event that includes a giant newspaper cut out that puts delegates and politicians right in the centre of the story.