week 8ish...

Niall2 Posted by Niall Manogue on Fri, 02 Jun 2006 | 3 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

osibe otya benange. well, the african odyssey continues… and continues well. Life in Kiwoko moves along with pace. Work has been busy, but in a good way. I am loving what i am doing – Starting to really see how things fit together, and been able to take a few decision to help them fit together a bit better. We're in the process of planning a major strategic shift in our community visiting. This shift will allow us to be much more involved in the community around us, as we seek to show God's love in a practical way. Prayers for a smooth transition would be appreciated. Been thinking lots about the communities and people that we are trying to reach. Most are poor, subsistence farmers, powerless in many ways and yet they have things to teach all of us. Theor powerlessness has been brought home to me in the last few weeks. We've been in the process of trying to secure funds to increase our outreach activities. These funds were meant to come from the Global fund, an American led fund to tackle AIDS, Malaria and TB. Because of political wrangling, the money has been refused – this has been so frustrating, and not because we dont get to run the extent of programs we need. But because the story is the same all over the world. The global fund issue is symptomatic of a wider problem. Rich governments, people in power, leaders are engaged in wrangling over international issues. And who is it that suffers whilst they make up their minds what to do? Poor people. Farmers. Mothers. Children. It's the same all over the world. And it's not right. Our politicians spend their time talking over 'important' issues and as they do so, people die. And they die because they can't afford the 3 a month it would take to fund their AIDS treatment. It is truly scandalous. What would Jesus say about it…. "whatever you did to the least of my brothers, you did to me…" Use the power you have to stand up for those that dont have power. educate yourself. write letters. pray. give. visit. do something. Though we dont believe it – we have power. the challenge is to use it for something good.

Comments

Yvonne Manogue said Tue, 13 Jun 2006 11:30PM
With you all the way in those thoughts Niall! We,ll do our best to play our part.God Bless. Yvonne.
Sarah Ryan said Mon, 26 Jun 2006 08:01PM
yes yes niallo. sounds like you are on the rampage! good good. so pleased you are getting on so well. ps. where is my elephant????
John Calvert said Mon, 26 Jun 2006 08:36PM
Hiya Nial, still here praying for you big man!!! Pray that you get the funding you need. Keep 'er lit!!!!