Christians "not one of us have time to be racists or bigots"! Especially when there is an urgency to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted!!
While I was reading "The Voice Of The Martyrs" latest news magazine. I looked at the children of Sudan and the tears not only flowed from my eyes... my heart also seemed to flutter with despair.
President Umar al-Bashir's extremist regime ruthlessly executes it's agenda to drive out or kill the Sudanese people living in three conflict areas: South Kordofan State, Blue Nile State and the Darfur region. Bashir's goal is to eliminate those who do not fit in the ethnically Arab and religiously Islamic nation he wishes to build.
In the mean time, Sudanese Christian parents have gathered to mourn for five children, all killed as they ran for shelter during a government bombing. Although death and destruction are nothing new to these believers in the Nuba Moutains, the loss of small children is especially difficult.
BELOW: The children below have learned to dive into foxholes for safety, while they should be playing freely enjoying their childhood!
Since 2012, the Sudanese military has dropped 4,000 plus bombs in the region,, so the people living there have grown accustomed to daily bombings. The children recognize the sound of approaching government planes and can even tell, by changes in the sound of the engine, when a bob has been loosed. When they hear the pitch of the engine suddenly change, they run for the shelter of a foxhole; every medical facility, school, church and home has one nearby.
The penalty for this "crime" is a 20 year sentence -- one that was recently given to their former Africa Regional Director who spent 445 days in prison.
The Sudanese government began bombing hospitals in South Kordofan in 2011, the region has become almost devoid of any medical assistance.
Non government organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, and the Red Cross, were forced to suspend medical activities after hospitals were repeatedly targeted.
Even if people weren't being maimed by daily government bombings, medical aid would still be badly needed -- for delivering babies, treating malaria and helping people injured in farming accidents, just to name a few examples!
We may not be able to go to Sudan and help our Christian brothers and sisters... but we can certainly pray for them and for VOM as they quietly and stealthily try to meet the needs of the people in the Sudan!