For the past five years, Ken Straw (my screenwriting partner) and I have been researching and writing about the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). I typically don’t write posts of a political nature, but today’s Art, Life & Faith post is about preserving life. Call it exercising faith through prayer and action. First, I want to ask you to pray for the safety of the people in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. I have very dear friends who are leaders living, working and ministering in Goma, whose names need to be kept anonymous for their safety. In the past few days, the situation in the Eastern Congo has gone from bad to worse with the M23 rebels takeover of Goma. According to reports, their next goal is the takeover of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province on the other side of Lake Kivu. The chance for M23 conscripting child soldiers is high. To take action, read on…
Below is an excerpt of an email I received this morning from a friend grew up in the Congo. She is the daughter of missionary parents. My friend, her husband and many Southern California supporters lead a ministry whose goal is to see God change the hearts of men in the Eastern Congo. The Eastern Congo has the dubious distinction of being named “the rape capital of the world.” The UN has labeled the Eastern Congo as the most dangerous place in the world for a woman to live.
Here is How You Can Pray…
Yesterday morning, the city (Goma) fell and the M23 has taken the radio station. They have broadcast for everyone to stay indoors and for the government military to bring their arms to the stadium to surrender.
Please pray for (Name withheld), who has been guarding area homes. He has been taken by the M23. PRAY NOW THAT THEY WILL NOT HARM HIM IN ANY WAY, and for the Holy Spirit to undergird him. The rebels control the area, so their is no report about the condition of the homes. Pray for God’s protection over it.
Please pray for (Names withheld) as they are very tired and concerned. Pray for a blanket of peace and rest to be upon them, and for wisdom.
Pray for the staff, men, women, and children of (Name Withheld)! For faith, wisdom, courage and against fear. For protection against harm. For them to be able to apply the biblical knowledge that they now possess, and for the power of the Holy Spirit to work in and through them…for even M23 to see Jesus in them and for God to have mercy on them.
Please pray now against atrocities. This group is known for their crimes against humanity. Pray for peace! Pray for the government of Congo to properly address the situation in Eastern Congo, and for the truth of what is happening to be impressed upon the rulers of the nations, for Rwanda and Uganda’s hands to be tied, and their plans to be thwarted. Pray for divine intervention!
Pray the Lord will multiply the diesel fuel for the generator, and the medications that are running low at the local hospital. Many wounded are being brought there and they have not had much sleep. Pray over them for protection and supply and strength, and for their testimonies in this hour.
How You Can Take Action
Next, I’d like to ask you to take action by calling your U.S. Representatives and leaders to ask them to take action concerning the situation in the Eastern Congo. When you call these US government offices, please tell them to press for diplomatic action to end the M23 rebel’s group takeover of Goma. (Click here to read more about The Fall of Goma and the March 23 or M23 rebels). I have called each of these offices and have had good conversations with each person I spoke with, though Barack Obama was unavailable to speak with me.
The United States House of Representatives
To find your representative, just click on the link and type in your zip code.
The White House Comments Line
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Congressman Chris Smith
Foreign Affairs Committee
Chair Senate Committee on Africa
(202) 224 5042
I know it is easy to get overwhelmed with so much tragedy in our world and on the news, but the situation in Goma and the Eastern Congo has been virtually overlooked by the mainstream media. As Edmund Burke once said…
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Please put your faith in action today…pray and make a few phone calls…it will take all of ten minutes.
Thanks for your prayers and consideration,
PS: I’d love your thoughts and feedback. As followers of Jesus, how can we best respond to the tremendous needs and conflicts in this world?
Photo Credit: Families fleeing Goma, DRC. Holly Frew, World Vision