Feb 24, 2011

Things are more real than they will ever be (please read to the end)

This is so close to my heart, and stirs many feelings and images, and I want to share them with you. But I was not there, I did not witness it firsthand. I can only ask you to take time out to visit this blog, and read this honest request for help.
I tried to find a way to tell you about it all, but in this case all I can do is use the author’s own words. All I ask is that you visit the site and read the post. It is heartbreaking, but its uplifting at the same time.

“there are children, in Ug*nda, imprisoned.
the technical name is a 'rehabilitation center'....yet, i walked the grounds
and there is no rehab going on.

300 children ranging from ages 6-17 were there. sometimes,
children much younger can be found here. these younger children are swept off
the streets...usually while begging. i looked at the older kids' names
and offenses on the rap sheet. some are there for theft, a couple for
robbery, most for sexual relations....which are illegal there when
you are under the age of 18 & can carry a sentence of
life imprisonment. the issues here are complex, yet not complex at all.
these kids need food so they don't have to steal, some great mentors and
to be taught of God's love.
i expected to find a bunch of angry young men.
what i found was a bunch of kids, lined up nicely & so thankful for a toothbrush
and toothpaste. they played soccer with a ball of trash.
they thanked God for who He is through singing, dancing & drums,
they thanked us through their
winces of desperate pain as we cleansed & bandaged their wounds.

Hope from pain. Beauty from ashes. Again and again He breaks our hearts and opens our eyes. Small token, small charitable gesture will give hope to so many. Please spread the fire.

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