Joseph Kony. Murder. Kidnapping. Rape. Enslavement. War atrocities. This is one of the worst human beings on the planet. But he continues to avoid capture and face prosecution for the damage he has caused to thousands of lives in Uganda and neighboring nations in Africa.
The Bridge will be showing a film by Invisible Children at Union Church on Sunday night, March 18, at 7pm. It’s free to come and we’re the only downtown church showing the film. Not only will you watch this film, but you’ll get to meet a Ugandan named Gabriel who is a survivor of the conflict and has had family members killed by the LRA. He has seen the horrific effects of Kony’s brutal rule. The goal of the of the night is to help bring attention to this terrible man who, like many other tyrants in the world, has avoided capture.
We will gather the downtown community to help the 45,000 people who live there know that churches care about justice because our God is a God of justice. In this Christian season of Lent, let’s not only fast from coffee, chocolate, carbs and all the other things that we should be giving up anyway. Let’s fast like Isaiah 58:
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (NIV)
We hope you will come and watch the film with us, hear from a Ugandan who is asking for our help, and learn about practical steps you can take to help bring Joseph Kony to justice for the atrocities he has committed. The event is free but you’ll have the opportunity to support Invisible Children through donations and buying merchandise that finances their good efforts to continue to get the word out.
If you’re not in L.A., then why don’t you host a screening of the film at your church, school or community event? Or get a group of friends together and watch the video online. Let’s help Invisible Children get the word out and bring a little glimpse of the ultimate justice that God will bring one day. I hope this film helps people understand the great injustices that are occurring throughout the world right now. If you have questions about Invisible Children and this campaign, please check out their FAQ page, the CNN interview and watch this video.
We’ll see you March 18 at 7pm.