Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Hope and Disappointment from the Dark Continent

Here's the most hopeful bit of news I've seen yet on the human disaster in the Darfur region of Sudan. Many of my African friends have told me that water is the key to everything in Africa...we can only hope and pray that a concerted, graft-free effort will deliver the liquid gold of the discovered underwater lake.

Meanwhile, events in Nigeria remain troubled. Sharia law is instituted in the northern part of the country, and the obvious shortcomings of that system lead to a mockery of Islam that only portends more conflict down the road. While the new Muslim president of Nigeria has promised a crackdown on corruption, it's not apparent what form that "crackdown" will take.

We pray for our brothers and sisters in Darfur and Nigeria, and ask our Almighty Lord to lift these people's burdens. Lord, let your Water flow!

Sir Chuck, thankful for the Flow


  1. It is a great thing. Though the exceedingly nasty thought occurs to me that the tribe which controls it gets a demography advantage. Poor Africa.

    Sir Jason

  2. Africa is indeed a very sad place, especially Darfur. Yet there is hope.

    "In Newsweek’s cover article April 16, Kenneth L. Woodward noted that many missions experts believe Africa holds the future of Christianity.
    Why? Because in the last century, the number of Christians in Africa grew from 9 million to more than 360 million—and it’s still growing at an estimated pace of 1,200 new churches a month, many of them indigenous African denominations."

    While I fully support humanitarian efforts such as well digging, turning to Christ is the only real hope.

    Sir John