I'm sure by now many of you know who Joseph Kony is but just in case you haven't watched the 27 minute video or checked out wikipedia or are just plain smart heres the low down.... Joseph Kony is a jerk (well someone had to put it like that).
He is the leader of the Lords Resistance Army in Central Africa and for 26 years he has been reeking havoc in the lives of the people there. It has taken children and made them into child soldiers and prostitutes for his armies. He has made kids murder thier parents, killed countless cilivians ruined lives for what? nothing... just to maintian control over the people.
I can honestly tell you that before last night I had no clue who Joseph Kony was... I had heard of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) and I knew what atrocities were happening in central africa but I never really associated it one man leading it... I don't think I had even thought about it. As followers of Christ we are called ot care after widows and orhpans... but what about orphans who have been forced to kill their parents and friends? What have we done for the childrens whose childhoods have been lost? How can we stop it?
In history we have seen atrocities stopped in many differnt ways and whether it is peaceful or through violence the first step is to raise awareness about what is actually going on in our world and that is what Invisible Children has chosen to do this year. To make Joseph Kony a famous man so people will choose to take action.
I cannot state as eloquently as this video states why they are doing it or how they will go about it. I cannot state I know that everything about Invisible Children is good. You need to decide that for youself. I can only share with you what I believe and what I know
I know that for 30 minutes last night I watched on my tiny iPhone this documentry on Joseph Kony. I know that I learned that there is ONE MAN behind the LRA and he has not been stopped. I know his name. I know how I can help raise awarness about him. I know that this is spreading like wildfire. I know that me sharing this with you won't directly affect his capture but you might just decide to take action too. My heart is breaking for these children who can't be children because thier childhoos have been stolen.... and they have been stolen for way too long.
I am 26 years old and that is how long Kony has been at it. I want this year to be the year that Kony is captured. I want him to be so famous that he cannot walk down a street in Central Africa without people knowing who he is..... or where ever he is now. I want someone out there to gather thier courage and point thier finger at him and get him arrested. I want justice for these kids. And I want YOU to be informed.
Yesterday I had no want to pray for anywhere in Africa... so many pray for it every day (and they should! I just didn't feel called to do it) Today thats changed. I want Kony brought to justice and I will not stop until he's in jail.
I will not give up.
You should be informed. You should backup everything I say. Start here and work your way out
I'll write my lent post later this week... I'll "see'" you then