Friday, January 28, 2011

What would you do...if it happened to you...

Recently I have been reading a book, called The troubled Heart of Africa. It is a historical book about life in the Congo. My burden for child soldiers and the atrocities of war never seems to leave me. I cannot stop learning, reading, praying and trying to figure out ways to make change. I recently read the story of Emmanuel Jal, and Another Man's War by Sam Childers. The fact is I cannot stop reading, I cannot stop trying to understand why things like this go on. I spoke with co -workers yesterday about it, and they seemed sad but not broken. I said this is not history this is happening today, now in 2011, still they remained silent, my fuel and passion was spilling out of me, my voice my adamant. Then I said what would you do, if that was your child, your neighbourhood that was being raped and pillaged, the children kidnapped to be used as pawns and child soldiers in another mans war. What if they took your child or grandchild. Then I got the looks that I understood, the look of helplessness,  yes people it is happening. What can we do, what would I do? What can't you fix Lord, you can do anything!
I know that by trying to learn and understand I am at least doing what I can for today. For tomorrow we may be called to the mission field and be directly involved, we may be called to positions of fund raising, awareness and politics.It may happen today, tomorrow, next week, next month or next year but I am called to 'do" today,  Lord to hear my cries, something needs to be done!
What is my part, where do I fit, how can I help, direct me, guide me, give me your peace as I seek your will in this. This is an excerpt from a Canadian paper, this one I liked as the same question was posed.

"What lengths would you go to in order to protect your child? How about a child that was not yours? You may not know this young individual personally, you may never have the chance to meet them and you may never know what becomes of them, but would you be willing to stand up for their rights if you knew that there are hundreds of thousands of children fighting in over 14 armed conflicts around the world today?
Childhood is a time of innocence and growth, yet these children are trained and tossed into bloody battles where many are forced to kill and suffer unimaginable emotional and physical trauma, some do not make it out alive at all. A hand full may successfully escape or get freed, but reintegration programs are still lacking in funds, resources and proper techniques in order to have these former child soldiers not feel isolated, be shunned by their community or be enticed to rejoin because of the same deplorable conditions that first compelled them to join as a means of survival. " 
entire article...
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Matthew 21:22 (The Message)

21-22But Jesus was matter-of-fact: "Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don't doubt God, you'll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you'll tell, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God."

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