Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Searching for "Oatmeal" for my soul-- all the way to Liberia Africa

I've found the names of several confirmed nominees and today we will start with Liberia.  Leyma Gbowee, an African social worker and peace activist, is responsible for organizing a movement called the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that served as a tipping point to help bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.   (Link to Bill Moyer's transcript)

This all began with a single woman organizing other local women to pray and sing in a fish market in Monrovia Liberia in 2002. As the movement expanded to include Christian and Muslim women together, this unified voice of thousands began to pray for peace and to hold nonviolent protests. Dressed in white to symbolize peace, the women became a political force against violence and against their government.

Leymah Gbowee and Comfort Freeman, presidents of two different Lutheran churches, organized the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET), and issued a statement of intent to the President: "In the past we were silent, but after being killed, raped, dehumanized, and infected with diseases, and watching our children and families destroyed, war has taught us that the future lies in saying NO to violence and YES to peace! We will not relent until peace prevails."

Faith Under Pressure: Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.  You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely.  Let it do its work so you can become mature, complete and well-developed, not deficient in any way.  If you don't know what you are doing, pray to the Father.  He loves to help and He will provide it.  Ask boldly, believing fully, without a second thought...