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Wayne, Hilary & Adelaide Denny. Preparing to Serve in Leadership Training in Senegal, Africa. God has called us to take advantage of a unique window of religious freedom in Muslim Senegal by equipping church leaders who have a heart for reaching their country and the Muslim world.

We should be jealous. . . for the honour of His name – troubled when it remains unknown, hurt when it is ignored, indignant when it is blasphemed. And all the time anxious and determined that it shall be given the honour and glory which are due to it.” John Stott

Monday, March 31, 2008

Date night...conversation topic - genocide.

Last week, Wayne's mom and sister were in town for a visit. We decided to take advantage of some free babysitting and go on a date. Nothing better than dinner using a gift card and a movie at the dollar theater for a nice evening together! Well, that afternoon as I was driving to meet my friend at our weekly Starbucks meeting, I had the radio on NPR and heard Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, talking about the genocide in Sudan. It intrigued me and as I kept listening, I found out she was going to be speaking that night on the topic. So instead of dinner and a movie, it was dinner and a slide show depicting the horrors happening in Sudan. Not the most relaxing or romantic date, but definitely worth our time.

Apparently, this is the first time that the American government (as well as several others) has actually called something a genocide while it was happening. Usually that declaration comes after the fact. Wayne and I were both heartbroken about the evil atrocities which are happening right now in Darfur, and convicted that we are not doing anything about it. To be honest, I really didn't even know much about it until last week. I knew bad things were happening, but I didn't know how bad they really were. I am ashamed that I have not paid more attention and have not done anything about it.

Probably the most beneficial thing of the night was when the speaker gave suggestions of how we can do something.

  • Let your representatives know you care. You can call 1-800-GENOCIDE and they will tell you if important legislation is upcoming that you can talk to your representatives about. Most representatives also make it real easy to contact them if you just go to their website. If you go to www.darfurscores.org, you can enter your zip code and find who your representatives are and how they've voted on Darfur related legislation.
  • Check your investments, 401k's, etc. The genocide in Sudan continues because the Sudanese government gives weapons to the Janjaweed who carry out the violence. The Sudanese government gets weapons in exchange for the oil they sell to China (70% of Sudan's oil exports go to China). Many 401k's are investing in PetroChina and other oil companies that are funding the genocide. Here's a website that can help you investigate and make sure your 401k isn't funding the genocide.
A helpful website in general is www.savedarfur.org and an easy to read book on the topic is "Not on our watch."

After hearing about the genocide and what we could do (and haven't done up until now), it reminded me of "Hotel Rwanda" (a very difficult movie to watch) in which a genocide was taking place. One man in Rwanda who was trying to save people, found out that a CNN crew was there and said "Now people will do something when they see how bad it really is here!" The reporter replied "No, people will see it on the evening news, say 'How awful', and return to their dinner". How awful that I can sit safe and comfortable in my home and not do anything about the terrible suffering happening in Sudan. Although it hurts to learn about it and see it, I don't ever want to be that ignorant or complacent again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, God is truly in control! He showed you guys something that he doesn't like to see. It is reality though. Just like the Israelites lost everything when they forsook God, so they don't have much of anything, because they don't know the God who made them. well, some may, and their may be missionaries there, but I am sure God is hurting for others to come spread the good news there. Anyhow, God Almighty is really using you guys greatly. May he richly bless you guys. I am praying for you, and so I say keep on keeping on!

In Christ who lives,

Steven Manning
child of God