Thursday, September 20, 2007

So Many Beautiful, Invisible Faces

It is a poverty that a child must die, so you may live as you wish"--Mother Teresa

"Invisible Children" is a compelling documentary that has sparked a youth movement across America and has served as an alarm clock to awaken the many of us asleep in the comforts of our freedoms. This documentary tells the story of the displaced children, trapped in the middle of a vicious 20 year civil war. Not only are these children starving, sick, separated from their families, and bombarded by death, but they live in constant fear of being captured by the rebel armies, who will either force these children to become soldiers or kill them. The rebel groups kidnap children as young as five and torture, threaten, and brainwash them until they do the rebels' bidding of stealing, killing, and terrorizing. If these children resist, the rebels kill them. If the children escape, their names are put on a list and hunted by name for the rest of their lives.

The unique aspect of this documentary is that it is kind of a fluke. The filmmakers, three boys in their late-teens/early twenties, kind of spontaneously traveled to Africa with a camera purchased on E-Bay, hoping to find a story. Three kids, who haven't even graduated college or have any professional experience, have sparked a massive grassroots movement for peace in Uganda and have raised the money and awareness to get African children the help they so desperately need. In a world where everyone told these naive and semi-goofy boys that their endeavor was impossible, they have achieved more than they ever dreamed of, simply because they were willing. Their lives have been forever changed by tending to the poorest and most vulnerable. After the documentary was released, they started a non-profit organization, also called Invisible Children, to raise money for Ugandan children. I do not know whether these guys are Christians or have become Christians, but I do know that they have encountered Jesus in the least, the lost, and the last.

"'He plead the cause of the afflicted and needy; Then it was well. Is this not that what it means to know Me?' declares the LORD. " Jeremiah 22:16

The following video is a trailer for the documentary and the second video is a montage of some of the success stories of the children who have been helped by the Invisible Children organization. To find out more information or to get involved visit:


Holly said...

How inexpressibly sad. There comes a point when we have to go beyond being grateful for living in America where this sort of thing cannot happen, and start embracing the resposibility of being the richest, most powerful country and the world and become a beacon of justice and charity to these places.

Deborah said...

I love that song on the second video! I tend to be on the cynical side, but one person really can make a difference. Thanks for sharing!

Celia said...

Oh those clips are so sad. I don't know if I could make it through the entire documentary. But it does look like something my youth group should watch. Sometimes young teens are totally unaware of the suffering in other parts of the world. They need to learn about things like this so God can start cultivating the desire to serve these beautiful people in their hearts now.