Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Cries for Liberia

I just finished "Tears of the Rain". The book ends in March, 2004. The women of Liberia are sharing with the author, "Elections are coming, so the people running for president go to the witch doctor. He tells them which body parts he needs for his sacrifices. Usually it's the tongue, the eyes, the private parts, and the blood. Yes, it's true." They kidnap children to provide these sacrifices! They go on to say, "That's why we don' let our chil'ren out of sight. But all we need to do is call on the Blood, an' we will be safe!" What incredible faith! "There are many witches operating in Liberia. If you are not a Christian they will get you. You wouldn't believe what powers the rulers of darkness have on people who allow them."

Ephesians 6:12-18, "For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere."

Romans 8:38-39, "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

We beg you Lord, be strong in Liberia. Stand against the evil one. Protect your people and your work there.

1 comment:

amber said...

"Tears of the Rain" really hit me hard, too... It was good to read, though because it was such an eye-opener...
Having Ahmad here has been the same sort of experience times ten... He shares things and tells stories that are just like what I've read... but we are able to ask him to clarify things and it seems like we are able to soak in a lot more by talking to him. I am grateful for the opportunity.

I asked him your question and he said most Liberian people are so grateful that some of the children are being adopted... They really do have a different perspective on children and family than we do... We got into a verryyy interesting conversation along those lines about people giving their kids up... But to answer your question, he was very happy for Henry (and others who are being adopted) and said he appreciated our heart's desire to help.

I'm glad you had a good time at the cabin. It's such a pretty time of the year to be out on your acreage... I am taking walks all the time and just saying "wow!" the whole time! :)
I hope you find your memory card... losing pictures is a sad thing (speaking from experience here!)

Enjoy your weekend!
Amber