Thursday, August 14, 2008

Save Darfur

Every Thursday, I get on my knees and I pray for the genocide in Darfur. After praying, I got another email from the Save Darfur campaign making me aware of more violence. This time, I’m learning that women and girls are being raped by Sudanese security forces, militias, rebel groups and former rebel groups.

It’s hard for me to understand how we (humanity) watched the Rwandan genocide happen and then stand by and allow it to take place again in Darfur. God most certainly is not pleased with His children for our lack of intervention. We are His hands and feet. We hold the keys to the kingdom. And yet, our sisters and our mothers are being raped. Hundreds of thousands have been killed. Over 2.5 million people have been forced from their homes and into refugee camps. This is hell.

Can I invite you to get involved? If you’re a follower of Jesus, then this is happening on your watch and mine. We must do what we can, no matter how small. First, stay informed. Be aware of what’s happening and make it personal. Out of sight, out of mind is no excuse. Go to www.savedarfur.org and browse the site and be sure to sign up for email updates. Those will give you opportunities to sign petitions and take action. Please also consider making a financial contribution. Every little bit helps, and Save Darfur accomplishes their goals in peaceful and non-violent ways.

Imagine what it would feel to find out that your mother, sister or daughter had been raped. You must believe that this is how God feels. Let the Holy Spirit break your heart for these people that God loves. We must take action. And as we do, may God’s kingdom come and His will be done in Darfur as it is in heaven.

4 comments:

Mark Bradshaw said...

I'm looking over the site. Just wanted to mention that your link to the Save Darfur site is a little broken.

The Haffner Home said...

Thanks for reminding your readers. The email newsletter is a great free easy way to keep these crimes top of heart/mind. Everybody should sign up.

Ryan S. Poe said...

Thanks Mark...the link should be fixed now!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the reminder and link. If you've not read it already, I highly recommend 'Left to Tell' by Immaculee Ilibagiza. She was a survivor of the Rwandan holocaust. Her story of faith in the midst of such horror is amazing and inspiring.