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Bishop fears genocide in Sudan

28 Jun

The featured article is from Christian Today India. Please read and pray and fast with us as you are able for a solution to this crisis: Reading that message seem to make me want to read more and try and make sure many other people read and pray and fast as much as we can for others. It is so awesome to know that we can and should pray for others. I used to think that one can only pray and fast for oneself, as that was what i was taught. You can pray for others but essentially, one prays and fasts for oneself and one´s sins; but in our Lord Jesus, i pray and fast for others now, with faith that He will help. It is beautiful. So please, read and pray and fast with us as you are able for a solution to this crisis. Our brothers and sisters in Sudan are literally being exterminated, slowly but surely. Please also pray that the advent of Sharia law is stopped worldwide.

May the Lord be with us all.

¨Bishop fears genocide in Sudan
By: Karen Peake
Wednesday, 2
2 June 2011, 17:23 

The Bishop of Kadugli is calling upon Christians worldwide to pray and fast ahead of South Sudan’s secession next month.

Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail has warned of a possible “genocide” in the Nuba Mountains region, where violence has broken out in recent weeks.

The region, home to many Christians, will remain under the control of Khartoum and the Muslim North when South Sudan gains its independence on July 9.

As Sudanese tanks and artillery move in, hundreds of thousands of Nuba are fleeing their homes and development agencies have withdrawn their staff.

UN officials and eyewitnesses escaping the bloodshed tell of elders being executed by the Sudanese Army and bombing campaigns that have destroyed churches and homes.

With Khartoum ordering the UN peacekeeping mission out, there are serious concerns that atrocities will spiral unchecked across the state of South Kordofan.

“Once again we are facing the nightmare of genocide of our people in a final attempt to erase our culture and society from the face of the earth,” said Bishop Elnail.

“It is not a war between armies that is being fought in our land, but the utter destruction of our way of life and our history, as demonstrated by the genocide of our neighbours and relatives in Darfur.

“This is a war of domination and eradication, at its core it is a war of terror by the government of Sudan against their people.”

He expressed concern for the future of Christians in the North, which President Omar al-Bashir declared will be ruled by Sharia law after July 9.

The bishop said that President al-Bashir’s refusal to recognise the legitimate presence of the Christian minority in the North was a “declaration of their determination to also end the remembrance of our Christian heritage that dates back two thousand years”.

The bishop is asking that Christians in Sudan and around the world join in praying and fasting for the country on June 26.

“Please pray and fast with us as you are able for a solution to this crisis,” he said.¨

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Thinking about: an article from Ode magazine

30 May

I read an article in Ode (henceforth in bold). I have always liked Ode but some stuff written in this article is unbelievable. How can anyone write such nonchalant questions and statements such as these (no matter how well-intended)?

“Has this death changed anything for the families of those who lost loved ones through 9/11 or other such atrocities?

We can use this space to think more about personal power and what it means to have it? Personal power is a state of grace, or a flow of life that allows us to accept life-traumas and be at peace anyway.

Justice, is Not about retaliation. It is about about being reasonable and receiving what is rightly ours – life and all that it has to offer. This includes, sometimes, pain and frustration. But ultimately it is about peace and grace.¨

Personal power is about helping ourselves to feel justified in accepting life, that is love, into our inner and outer worlds. That does not mean taking from others, but opening up to what is already there for us to access – that is, the “Universal Understanding” that peace comes from within, that it builds when we hold gracious thoughts of acceptance and prayers for those who seek to destroy. It never comes with more fear, nor the depth of fear that allows another life to taken (or on a personal level another person to be hurt) because we feel justified in retribution.

Peace comes to those who have lost a loved one when they forgive and slowly learn to let go of their pain. As challenging as that is, retaliation only ever feeds more pain. It cannot ever heal the past.

Personal power is about challenging ourselves to overcome fear in the face of that feeling we are being hard done by. And to create peace by choosing the example of grace that others before us have been able to present – an eye for an eye only leaves everyone blind (Mahatma Ghandi).

Power inside of ourselves (or empowerment) is generated not in anger, but in the righteousness that such a peaceful stance creates for us. This righteousness is not ego-driven, but says that we can live our lives in peace if we choose to stand back from others’ anger and not engage. Instead we have the chance to simply turn back to our own lives and manifest or build more of the peace and grace that we want to feel.

We can understand how difficult that is, both globally when terrorism is evident, and personally when we have suffered abuse or mistreatment by others – but whoever said that life was simple and unchallenging? It is not either of these things, and it is our very personal choice to build a base of personal power which brings grace into our lives. That is, to choose a peace-based justice, over retaliation.¨

What is justice? The dictionary says justice is: just (based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair; deserved or appropriate in the circumstances ) behavior or treatment. The quality of being fair and reasonable and the administration of the law or authority in maintaining this.

I do not want to ask questions like: has this person ever lost anyone suddenly? Did he/she lose anyone tragically in 9/11? but they kept going round my mind. I agree with some sentences but don’t you need to do something to make sure that some other people don’t get hurt, BY THE SAME PERSON over and over, especially since the person has vowed to do it over and over? Yes, the victims need to acknowledge the grievances done to them, we need to accept them and learn to live with it, learn to be at peace with it and let it go so it doesn’t keep hurting us. Yes, you should and need to try and get to the level that you can pray for people who hurt you. I definitely do not think it right to go rejoicing in the streets if and when responsible parties are caught or killed but i don’t think you should just turn the other way and say ok, i have dealt with it and i´ll let it god…WHILE letting the people or person responsible be free to continue as he is and wishes to be, while he has worse plans! I mean shouldn’t the authorities charged with keeping us safe have to and be made responsible to, put the person away so the cycle is stopped? Im not for personal vengeance but it seems to me like letting lions run free while we, the ostrich put our heads in the sand. I think one SHOULD always strive to live and be righteous, to not engage, not even fall into the trap anger (or any other extreme emotion for that matter) pushes you into but in everyday living, at home with loved ones, at work, with friends…relatively normal people…as it is said, ¨whoever said life was simple and unchallenging.¨But, when we are beaten, forced into a corner, raped and killed? – which is what terrorism is – we have to thread carefully.

I do not presume to know or even fathom what would, or if the putting away of the person responsible help in the healing but from the basis of basic human feelings, I think the apprehension or putting away of the person helps people to have closure, helps to achieve a level of acceptance and the process of making peace within and without, paving the way to healing.

I think personal power is the drawing from and deepening of roots to God; having the courage and strength to simply continue living, to go through the process of healing, to pray. I think it takes a great deal to get up and live, and pray not only for oneself but for others too, even when bad things happen. When we depend on just us, there are so many fractures left; only surface wounds are fixed. When one lets go of self and embrace God, one is in His hands. But it is hard.

More questions in my head: Was it done in the spirit of retribution? What IS the right thing to do?… questions indeed.

a reminder from a blog – how to BE a true follower of Jesus

24 May

For a few days now, a sense of indignation has been rising inside me. I have been trying to put it aside to no avail. We have been trying trying to get our landlord to give us a price on a piece of land we have been talking to him about, while asking around to get an idea of how much land around here is worth, we got to know that he hasn’t been very nice. We paid more than 500% more than what is usually paid to rent land for grazing and planting. Earlier this year, he told us he had to pull out of the agreement we had for another piece of land that we had already started work on AND the already-paid rented land because he had a ready buyer and we were taking too long to pay him…when we had an agreement that he would wait as we had already paid rent and will be renting again this year. The deal with the ¨new buyer¨fell through. When we started to look for a new place to live, as our finances we getting really low and we realized that he was charging way to high, he let us stay for free these 3 months, just get our own water and pay the electricity bill. We thought that it was out of the goodness of his heart but we soon realized that we not only have paid for rent all the way to August for land we could not do anything with, but negotiating for rent this year and doing some research, asking around woke us up. We were still willing to buy land, albeit at a smaller and different location and no farming ground, from him to help him out but he quoted many times higher because of ´the view´ although there was no electricity, water nor proper roads up to it. It does have a really pretty view and he did say he would take a small payment and wait for the rest when we sold our stuff but things seem to be spiraling out-of-control. What would happen if we paid the deposit and started work and he changed his mind when a buyer comes along? I prefer not to deal with him but my fiancee is a very patient man. Today, I got almost angry when my fiancee told me he had said that we wont find any other place with a good price like he is offering; also, we had been scouting around other towns for land and the prices quoted are unbelievable. The reason for this? The Americans are willing to pay the prices they quote. One was charging 140,000 for a hectare and then came down to the truck price in only a few minutes as he really liked it and another wanted 80,000 for less than half a hectare (there were Americans living nearby) and another by the highway, wanted half a million! And they say city people are money-hungry! *sigh…im letting it go as i write. We have been praying for the Lord to show us where He wants us to be..if He wants us to stay here and continue our work here or be somewhere else. I am confident that the Lord will guide us.

When I got home, I was reading the Welcome page of Christian Blessings and this was there:

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay”, says the Lord. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  Romans 12:9-19,21.

The whole thing kinda soothed me and made me remember what I must do, how Im suppose to be but that last sentence really got me. I had told my fiancee I don’t want to deal with the landlord again because he is so arrogant in saying that we will not find a better deal anywhere else and that we´ll be back asking about the land again. I am the arrogant one. If we are suppose to be here and deal with him, so be it. Forgive me my Lord. Thank you for your reminder. Thank you for all the lessons and blessings. Protect us O Lord. Help me, guide me to be one of Your righteous ones Lord. Amen.

10 Fascinating Last Letters Written

19 May

10 Fascinating Last Letters Written.

This is amazing. Great read. Will write more….

Friday the 13th: History of a Phobia

13 May

Friday the 13th: History of a Phobia.

The 100 Most Influential People in the World? (via scientia et sapientia)

12 May

something to really ponder.

Time Magazine has put out its list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2011. But, I have to admit that it’s hard to take such a list seriously when it includes people like the following. The sad thing is that maybe these are among the most influential people on earth. How long do you think it will be before they have viable colonies on Mars? Peter Vesterbacka (developer of Angry Birds) Amy Poehler (actress in Parks and Recreation) Kim Clijsters … Read More

via scientia et sapientia