Stop what you are doing and watch these videos at the bottom of this post. On April 25th, 100 cities in 9 countries will be having an event to bring focus to the plight of Africa's child soldiers. Invisible Children is an organization that was started by 3 young men after a trip to Africa in 2003. Almost by accident, they met those being abducted and turned into child soldiers in the killing fields of Uganda and they needed to do something. Our youth group is going to Atlanta to participate in this event on April 25th and I am proud of them for doing so. I would encourage you to do whatever you can to help as well.
Jeff Moody, a member of our church (and an emerging baseball writer) says this over at his blog:
We watched a video at church the other night that profoundly affected me. It was the story of the Lord’s Resistance Army of Northern Uganda and their tyrannical ruler, Joseph Kony. This army attacks villages, massacring as they go, and forcing young boys into being soldiers.
I will not belabor the point and would rather you do your own research at www.invisiblechildren.com. On April 25, the men who started telling this story are organizing a global event where thousands will abduct themselves to raise awareness with media and political authorities.
Too often, we live in our too comfortable lives and miss the atrocities going on in the world around us. Watch the videos at the sight and find a way that you can be involved.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8.
If Christians are not involved in stopping things like this, then what are we doing? What purpose do we serve? May God have mercy on our souls if we see the good that we can do and refuse to do it because we stay afflicted with trivial diversions. Children are dying. It is a big deal and if we can help do something about it, we should.
If you care about this, watch these videos. If you don't care, watch them anyway and you will.