A new Director appointed to lead Micah Challenge International

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The Rev. Joel Edwards, who is currently the General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance UK, has been appointed to lead Micah Challenge International as its International Director from 1 January 2009.

Micah Challenge International is the global advocacy campaign which is a joint venture between the Micah Network (http://www.micahnetwork.org/) and the World Evangelical Alliance (http://www.worldevangelicals.org/).

The aims of Micah Challenge are to deepen Christian engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities through prayer and action, and to encourage leaders of rich and poor countries to fulfill their promise to halve absolute poverty by 2015 through the Millennium Development Goals.

"Having been involved in Micah Challenge since its inception I am very much looking forward to the challenges of leading such an exciting global initiative, building on the excellent foundational work of Michael Smitheram and the team." said Rev. Edwards.

Steve Bradbury, Chair of Micah Network and acting chair of Micah Challenge International, said, "The board of Micah Challenge International is delighted to be able to appoint Joel Edwards as its International Director, from January 1, 2009.

"We know Joel will bring to this role enormous passion, commitment to tackle issues of global inequality and a powerful, Biblically-shaped vision for the kind of world God wants us to live in,” commented Mr. Bradbury.

Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, the International Director of WEA, also strongly affirmed this appointment.

"I am thrilled to see Joel take on this important international leadership role,” said Dr. Tunnicliffe, upon his return from his visit to Australia. “Having worked closely with him over the last number of years, I believe he is uniquely gifted to serve our global community at this critical and Kairos moment in history as the church needs to significantly deepen its commitment to the global poor."

Micah Network, a Global Partner of the WEA, congratulates Rev. Edwards on his new appointment and seeks to continue to actively support the Micah Challenge campaign globally, regionally and through its members, nationally.