Ekklesia/Dallas

A Call to Action.

November 30, 2008
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This is something that cannot be ignored.

[photo used from z.about.com]

If you are not aware of what is going on, educate yourself. Then do something. Here is a link to Watermark’s site with some links, a video and ways to help.

We need more reasons to jolt us out of our comfort zone. The truth is, there are millions of reasons- we just don’t see them, mainly because we change the tv channel.

Another link to the CBS site with a video of what’s going on. [Have I mentioned how much I love Anderson Cooper?

As listed on the World Relief site:

Your voice can be crucial to the people of Congo.  By standing in the gap to present the realities of injustice to those in positions of influence to change the situation, we embody the Biblical call to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”--Proverbs 31:8

Find out more about Congo and the ongoing crisis.

  • Humanitarian experts say the on-going turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the deadliest conflict since World War II, with an estimated 5.4 million people killed since 1998. This is more deaths than Iraq, Afghanistan, and Darfur combined!
  • The DRC has the second highest number of IDPs [Internally Displaced Persons] in Africa.
  • Gender-based violence is so prevalent in the DRC that it has been called the “worst place for women to live in the world.”
  • The median age in Congo is 16.3 years. An estimate of only 2.5% of the population lives to be 65 or older.

It’s hard work..

November 2, 2008
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This is Christy. We are in the same small group and I had the privilege of being bunk mates in our cabin at the Launch retreat. She was gracious enough to write on her experience with community and I was busy enough to post it several weeks later. I apologize, but without futher adieu, this is her perspective:

Blogger: Christy Thompson

[At the Launch08 Retreat; From L to R: Krystal, Ashley and Christy]

Hometown: Kerrville

Favorite coffee drink: Definitely not a quad tall pumpkin spice

Favorite verse/passage: Philippians 1:9-11

Currently reading/watching: Holiness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Job: Interior Design

Perspective:

Community is hard.  Community is work.  But,  community has eternal rewards that are absolutely worth the effort.  We are all human, so community groups aren’t perfect – but our humanity is why we desperately need community.  Effective community spurs us on in our response to God’s pursuit of us.  Community is essential to our lives as disciples on earth.  Discipleship is a key principle in the Bible, and God encourages us as Christians to maintain these relationships and provide accountability to one another.  My community group goes through our struggles together.  Sometimes we don’t have the answer; but, together, we process God’s word in search of it.  We also get to rejoice together & celebrate the blessings in our lives.  Basically, community is a blessing and a gift from God.  Question is – How do you steward this gift?
If you’d like to be a guest blogger, we’d love to have you! Drop me a line with your perspective 🙂 krystal.mullins@gmail.com

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