If you have a home, I want you to imagine that tonight as you and your family sleep, it is destroyed by two rival gangs who are at war on your street. They burn cars and houses and then abduct the children of your neighbors for use as soldiers.
Is that a frightening idea? Doesn’t sound very much like the sort of evening you or I would get over any time soon. But it is a part of the story of nearly 5 million Sudanese people and at least 20 million people from other nations around the globe.
Today is bloggers unite day for refugees, and this is a topic that could stand some discussion. so I am contributing my voice (er… my blog) to this important issue.
The first thing we need to do is be aware of this. 25 million people who have lost everything because of war and violence. The first act of violence happened a long time ago in a peaceful garden. The second recorded act of violence was murder. It has not stopped.
When Jesus came the first time he promised us that his kingdom was a kingdom of peace and then he called on his followers to extend the reach of his kingdom to the ends of the earth. As we do that, peace will follow. The reign of Christ makes silly land grabs and local power plays seem pointless. Christians must act to extend the reach of the kingdom into the darkness of war to stop the senseless bloodshed.
We are also called to bring peace and healing into the lives of the people who are living in shanty towns on the borders of countries like Rwanda and Uganda.
So What can you do about it?
First, stop ignoring the problem! Watch this video, it will give you a tiny glimpse into what its like. You might also want to take a look at Voices Of Sudan. This book is about the tragedy over there, and 100 percent of the authors profits go to helping the refugees who are fighting for survival.
Second call some of the politicians we just elected and tell them you are sick and tired of this nonsense. We are in the middle of an 8 year war because of some bad intelligence and these people just need some defense against the gangs that are destroying their lives. If you need the numbers check this list, yours is on there.
Third, consider a donation. There are numerous Non Governmental Agencies trying to heal the wounds and put things right. Some of them are church sponsored some of them are not. Christians should be involved wherever redemption is taking place, so browse through this list and find some agencies you can relate to, and get involved.
Please leave your own ideas for how we can make a difference. If you know a story that is relevant, we would love to see that as well.