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Let Awareness Produce Service

This quote perfectly says what I have been feeling for the last few days and haven’t been able to put into my own words. Not that any of you care about my thoughts/feelings toward this whole Kony2012 campaign. Nor should you. Who the heck am I anyway? Just a mama with a passion for Africa. But this has been so heavy on my heart that I feel I should share. I’ve thought about little else for a couple days now.

There are plenty of articles out there to defend Kony2012 and plenty more to criticize Kony2012. Most are written by people who are much smarter and more articulate than I am. I’m not going to get into these details here – google it if you want to get into the nitty gritty. Suffice to say… I’ve read just about all of them. I’ve researched Invisible Children extensively and I have known who Joseph Kony is for a few years now. I have read plenty about the LRA over the course of the last 2 years. So I was pretty surprised to start seeing posts and status updates about Kony and the LRA popping up from fb friends who never EVER post about anything related to Africa. My initial reaction was, “Awesome! People are caring! People are being made aware!” I still feel that way. I 100% support capturing Kony and ending the 20+ years of terror and bloodshed he has caused. I am also all about awareness.

Awareness is a good thing. So is education. So after you watch that video EDUCATE YOURSELF. Read up about the organization. Read up about Congo, Sudan, Uganda, and central Africa. Sure, click “share” if you like. Even buy an action kit if you feel like you should or if you want the shirt. But please please please don’t stop there.

This is much bigger, deeper, and more complicated than just capturing Kony. It goes so much further. Let this be the moment that you CHANGE. Let this be the catalyst to open your eyes wide open to the people outside our borders. If it takes a social media campaign to let you know that people across the ocean are suffering then super. I am all for that. But let your passion, excitement, and new found awareness actually grow fruit. Consider sponsoring a child in Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, or anywhere there is a need. Give them an education, food, clothing, and the gospel! Give them a hope and a future. Consider supporting organizations building schools for street children, or safe houses for victims of slave trade. Try supporting missionaries who have given up everything to live among the hurting to bring them the good news. Reject the idea that we are placed on this earth to live the most comfortable life we can drum up for ourselves. Reject the idea that as long as we have more than enough food and clothing, a big house with all the latest electronics and conveniences, and can retire at an early age then we have been successful. Embrace the command to love our neighbors as ourselves. Embrace the command to look after the widows and orphans. Embrace the command to give to the poor. Ask God what exactly that is supposed to look like in your life and then LIVE IT. Follow Jesus to the ends of the earth. Love the hurting all the time. We are the body of Christ. We are the hands and feet. Let our feet GO, our hands SERVE, and our hearts LOVE.

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