Early in our marriage, my wife and I ‘adopted’ a child from Uganda via World Vision International. We wanted a unique and special way to help someone on the other side of the world. The child we chose was a cute girl named J(not real name). Over the years we have watched a small girl transform unto a beautiful 12 year old. Every year we get an update from World Vision about her health, grades in school and even favorite activities. Throughout the year we have received dozens of letter and we have sent her cards and stickers and little games.
We knew nothing of Uganda and the struggles that were going on there… the war, the killing, the kidnapped children, the invisible children… I have seen the documentary “Invisible Children” a couple of times; it documents how there are bands of children all throughout Uganda hiding from the “Lord’s Resistance Army” and their cruel and inhumane ways of fighting. Children are kidnapped and forced to fight, forced to kill and forced to into a life no human should ever have to endure. Each time I see the film I think of J. I am thankful that she is in an area of Uganda that is not in the direct path of “Lord’s Resistance Army” that has mercilessly kidnapped children for the sake of fighting an senseless war. Thousands upon thousands of men, women and children have been killed, mutilated, maimed and scared for life because of one man and one man only… Joseph Kony.
The film makers that did “Invisible Children” have been working with lawmakers, key leaders government and with the help of people from around the world they have been trying to make an impact for those children in Uganda. They helped build schools, industry and a better life for those in Uganda. But the fighting is not over and 2012 is the year it has to stop.
Below is video about Kony 2012… the goal is find and arrest Joseph Kony for crimes against humanity. The way that happens? Make Joseph Kony famous. It might sound backwards to make a ruthless murderer famous, but the more people who know about him and are outraged about what has happened across the globe then maybe, just maybe something will be done. Kony is just one of many people who are in charge of the hatred that is going on around the globe.
The movie is 30 minutes long, but it is important that you watch it. If you are so moved, check out more info on http://www.kony2012.com and see how you can help. Also check out http://www.worldvision.com and see how you can help the life of a child(ren) around the world.
I believe that followers of Christ are called to serve the other, to be the voice of the voiceless and bring wholeness where there is brokenness.
I pray that the violence that has plauged Uganda and Sudan will soon be over and that the wholeness of God will be restored.
May it be so.