Thursday, January 24, 2008

CONGO

Beau here. I received this video link yesterday. It is a very well done video on the current events in eastern Congo, which is where I have gone for some period of time on each of my trips to Africa. I warn you it is a bit disturbing, though I think worth watching. This is where I first fell in love with the orphans of Africa. I was preaching at a church that had about 200 attendancts, including about 125 kids. I just thought they had big families, until I visited a small orphanage with 62 kids (with one care giver), all of whom I recognized from church. My heart was broken.

Congo Video

4 comments:

David Leventhal said...

Powerful video Beau.

Part of me feels outraged, part of me feels helpless but mostly I feel a sense of shame. How is it that I can be acutely aware of the suffering of those in the Congo (& in thousands of other places where oppression reigns – see also the orphan horror in China, the oppressive caste system in parts of India, the sex-trafficking in Southeast Asia, etc…) and somehow justify my comfortable Dallas existence with my Starbucks, my mega-church, my comfortable suburban house and my cushy office job. Shame on me and shame on God’s people for allowing wickedness to reign in place of righteousness.

“Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. If you say, 'See, we did not know this,' does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?” (Prov. 24:11-12)

- David
www.theleventhals.com

The Roberts Family said...

Just checkin' in hoping there'd be more news of your kiddos!! :) Thanks for all the things you share here as you wait on this journey. Blessings, Shelly

emily said...

Horrific indeed. It is just too much to wrap your brain around honestly. Thank you for sharing-

I am with David- it is so easy to become numb after seeing something like this, think you must act and then just as easy to get really comfortable again. Lets keep reminding one another that God has called us to Africa, in more ways than just adopting our kiddos.

the albertsons said...

Hope you're okay today!
This waiting thing isn't natural, is it???
love
becca