Trip to India!
My name is Matt. This is my FIRST POST on the CAN website! It's a biggy for me because I'll actually be joining the CAN team next year working for Compassion at their Newcastle Head Office.
So, what better way to get started then to log an action! Before I start my new job in January I'm taking a trip to India to visit the orphanages run by Manna Ministries India. Our Church (the Grainery in Newcastle) has been working with these orphanages for over 10 years!
This trip we're taking some medical professionals and assessing the progress of 5 new orphanages that our church has begun partnering with. (On a less serious note, I'll also be playing lots and lots of cricket with the locals and making sure I sample all the curries!)
A little bit more about myself. I have always been confronted by the injustice in the world. Growing up I couldn't find an answer to the questions I'm sure many of you have asked yourself. Why they inequality? Why the hunger? Why the bondage of modern day slaves?
Then, I heard about Jesus and his radical, counter-cultural call to 'die to ourselves' and follow him to fight injustice. I soon realized that this Jesus, who came over 2000 years ago was actually hear to 'break in' the kingdom of heaven to begin Gods rescue mission for the world. What's more I realized that he plans on doing this through his people, people like me and you. I was sure that I wanted in!!!
I dropped out of a law degree, volunteered in SE Asia after the 2004 Tsunami, came back saved up and went off again, this time to South America for 5 months as I tried to understand how God relates to this world.
Since then I've completed a degree in International Studies, been a leader in youth movements, interned with Micah Challenge and worked with World Vision in their Advocacy team. Last year I was lucky enough to travel to Nepal to film for the 40 hour famine and I was able to share the stories of the kids I met there to thousands of young Australian's this year. I've worked on issues covering child labour, maternal health, climate change and ethical consumerism. I've been dressed as Gorrilla to protest against Cadbury, marched on the frontlines of rallies for Climate justice, met politicians in Parliament House and connected with thousands of other Australian's passionate about fighting injustice.
And now I'm coming to COMPASSION!!! (I'm a bit excited about that if you haven't already noticed!)
Poverty doesn't budge unless we expose it for the injustice it is and are willing to personally do something about. That's what I see CAN as. A vessel for love, action and hope. A stake in the ground that says, "Enough is enough, it's time to do something about this!"
So, it's nice to meet you all! Next stop India. Keep posted for some updates and I look forward to joining together with the rest of you CAN advocates side by side as we change this world.