Many have ask me this morning about my thoughts on the “invisible children’s Kony 2012 campaign.”
I think it’s one of the best video presentations I have ever seen. I think the motivation behind it is clear, concise and needed. In today’s world we have a tool that makes available opportunities for justice not afforded us in times past. Personal media, information age, and social networking and we should bring all of that to bare on the injustices of the world.
It is clear that the viciousness of some world crimes have not be stopped because of the lack of visibility. We can turn our head because we don’t have to look at unless we want to. To bring awareness to this issue is absolutely necessary and Kony should be captured and should be prosecuted for his many atrocious crimes against humanity. This awareness campaign may do just that. It may apply the pressure needed to force the issue and get the job done.
However, to think that the arrest of Joseph Kony somehow fixes all the problems in Uganda or solves or resolves the violence, the aides epidemic, the over 2.5 million orphans is to oversimplify the issue. While it does take a step in the right direction it is only one component.
What is needed in Uganda, which I realize “Invisible Children” are involved in some practical areas, is people who will help care for, teach, train, and develop, a new culture and way of thinking in the nation. People who will fund the care (medical, educational, developmental, and spiritual) of a nation of wonderful people who need help and guidance.
Global reach for justice, the mission arm of Church of the Harvest, which I have the privilege to Lead, works in Uganda yearly. We partner with an originization, a church headed by lead pastors Gary and Marylyn Skinner, called Watoto. This church was established 30 years ago and is literally helping bring positive change to Uganda through ministries aimed at orphans “the Watoto villages,” and their ministries to at risk women in Gulu the part of the nation where Koney has been most prevalent.
Please go to http://www.watotochurch.com/ and look at what they do. They are bringing real and lasting change to the people of Uganda which will bring real and lasting change to the nation of Uganda.
We have built several buildings at one of their villages that places orphans in family providing them with parents, food, education, vocational training, and medical care. While developing them as principled and purposeful leaders. Many have been rescued from the most dire of circumstances, and are given hope for their future.
If you would like to help us fund our 2012 building project with Watato the full cost is $17000.00.
Any gift you would want to give would be beneficial no matter how small or large.
If you a interested in helping please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be going to Uganda in June. Pray for us as we do what we can to make a difference in this nation.