Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Invisible Children

Go to invisiblechildren.com and watch the trailer. Then order the DVD. For $20 they'll send you two of them. Watch the hour or so movie and it will change your life, if you have a heart and are paying attention. The Rochester Church has is dedicating one Wednesday night to it and many of our small groups are gathering with their neighbors to watch it. What is it?

A few young men, indistinguishable from the average sloucher or slacker you might shrug past in the mall, decided to go to Africa and film what they found there. They stumbled into the middle of child soldiers, abductions, extreme poverty, displacement, and horror upon horror. He found the Acholi people of southern Sudan who fled into Northern Uganda to escape the genocide there only to be set upon by a weird cult called the Lord's Resistance Army (look it up on Wikipedia).

For 17 years this has been going on and governments are doing nothing. So these kids are doing something. They are, first, getting peoples' attention and prayers. Second, they are dreaming big; funding a huge safe village for the children who are fleeing the terror of their lives. They are doing it one DVD at a time, one T shirt at a time, and one remembrance bracelet at a time.

Do this for me for Christmas: no presents, no cards... just watch the video, gather friends and watch it again. Sell cookies to your fellow workers or students and get them to watch it. Gather members of your congregation and watch it. Write your senators and congressman and tell them to watch it.

Care about these children. They are the most beautiful children in the world and they need you. Invisiblechildren.com ...... now.......


At 11/16/2005 09:29:00 AM , Blogger Kevin J. Bowman said...

Thank you for this reccomendation. It looks like something we all need to see in our churches and commit to do somehting about.


At 11/16/2005 04:46:00 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

i'll order the video. thanks for a heads up.

At 11/16/2005 06:13:00 PM , Blogger Keith Brenton said...

One of our ministry interns - and the son of a missionary - has arranged a showing of the documentary at our church immediately after Sunday night services Dec. 11.

At 11/16/2005 10:06:00 PM , Blogger PatrickMead said...

Thanks, Kevin, Laurie and Keith. We showed it tonight and had an hour's discussion. It really hit home. Sixty eight people signed up to buy the DVD and show it to others.

At 11/17/2005 01:09:00 PM , Blogger TCS said...

thanks for sharing this.

At 11/17/2005 03:11:00 PM , Blogger David U said...

PM, I too blogged about this a few weeks ago......I'm glad you are getting the word out also! No way can a person watch that DVD and NOT have their life impacted. Mark Moore told me a few weeks ago that these young men have gone BACK to Uganda to film a sequel that is coming out the first part of 06. I will be one of the first in line to get it!

Matthew, Mark and Luke all record Jesus saying regarding children "the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

I will never forget the scene where they were packed like sardines in that building.

I ask the question Randy Harris asks...."What in God's name are we doing?"

At 11/17/2005 03:45:00 PM , Blogger Metz said...

Helpful link, though there is no need to look that far away from home to see such tragedy. Check out this Europeans trip through poverty-ravaged America and see what few of us good American Christians like to think about:


Something else to think about.

At 11/18/2005 09:22:00 AM , Blogger PatrickMead said...

Metz, you are right in saying that there is poverty and despair close to home as well. However, the situations are not equivalent. We don't have the 20 years of war, child abductions, child soldiers, etc. that the Acholi in Northern Uganda have to live with.

I like your phrase "something else to think about." Loving and caring for one group of children does not mean we can't do something for another group as well.

David, I think it was you who sent me to invisiblechildren.com first. Thank you. You will be pleased to know that it has had six showings locally already and our college kids are planning over a dozen more in the next two weeks.

At 11/21/2005 10:47:00 PM , Blogger Griffmom said...

My parents experienced something similar to this. They went to Malawi Africa on a mission trip 13 or 14 years ago and fell in love with the people there. They started sending small packages of medical supplies and it has grown to an amazing ministry. It's called The Malawi Project and the work they've been involved in is amazing. I know they're experiencing another drought and so many thousands will die.

Our country's blessing are so abundantly above the majority of the world we just can't wrap our brains around entire nations in poverty and the horrors that occur all around the world.


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