It seems to me that the country and even the world are in an uproar over Cecil the Lion.
Explaining the beautiful lion’s death as:
Don’t get me wrong… I do think it is a terrible/awful/disgusting crime that Walter Palmer committed, but…
have we forgotten about the rest of the heartache that is happening all day/everyday on that very same continent?
(Photos from https://2020famineinethiopia.wordpress.com 2009)
Gap’s (RED) series phased out and the massacres haven’t been making top headlines lately… so have we really forgotten?
There is a country full of disease stricken and starving children. Kids with jiggers and scabies and all sorts of other awful things we haven’t even heard of.
I am currently reading the book Kisses from Katie… it is a story of an 18-year-old girl who goes to Uganda, adopts 14 children, and starts a non-profit call Amazima. In the book she shares the needs and struggles of the every day life in Africa.
It is heartbreaking for me to read Katie Davis’ description of the “143 million orphaned children, the 11 million who starve to death or die from preventable diseases and the 8.5 million who work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions and the 2.3 million that live with HIV.”
Here is the rest of the page and statistics… I wanted you to read them for yourself.
Let them settle in your soul.
That last sentence keeps me up at night.
The truth is that He loves these children just as much as He loves me and now that I know, I am responsible.
I am typing this post from a comfy leather desk chair in an air-conditioned home while my vaccinated (yes, we vaccinate… that can be a topic for another day, stay focused!) children are giggling and playing in the background with more toys than they could ever need and without a worry in the world.
The truth is… most of us don’t truly know what it is to need, to be hungry, or to be afraid for our lives.
But now I know and now you know too.
We know about the stats.
We know about the need.
We know about the pain and the suffering.
So while the world is in an uproar about one lion… 2,000 miles north there is a young lady doing her best to create an uproar about the millions in need.
What are WE going to do about it?
The truth is… people will probably argue about hunting, poaching, gun control, and the likes until Jesus comes back…
But you know what? There is no need to argue about whether or not we should be feeding, protecting, and caring for these abandoned orphans.
It’s right there in the bible.
Check it for yourself.
Where are our priorities?
Can we truly be this upset about Cecil and turn a blind eye to the rest?
Let’s make some noise about these poor children.
In fact, let’s use words like:
Their poverty is not a crime and their diseases are not either… but they are an opportunity to see God’s glory displayed from one side of the planet to the other.
It is a terrible thing that Walter Palmer did and he should pay the price for his actions.
In fact, if this kill allegedly cost him $50,000 I think he should have to pay 10 times that amount to Amazima or any other African charity.
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Let’s let the world hear about the true devastation and suffering that is endured each and every day by millions.
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