Monday, August 15, 2011

The Last Shall be First

"When a child is withering away it really does not matter whether the cause is drought, ignorance, or social injustice. It is a precious child that is dying. If we determine that any person is of less value because of where they were born, we have lost our humanity."
- Dave Eller, president of World Concern.

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Courtesy, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS) projection of the 2011 Horn of Africa famine for July-September, using the IPC scale.

I am paralyzed with disbelief, especially when I see the images.

I cannot begin to comprehend what walking for 200 miles in search for food feels like...only to reach the destination and find little or none.  To have parents die along the journey from malnutrition and starvation because what food they did find was given selflessly to their children. 

I don't know why afflictions like this occur.  I don't know why.

I am not even sure what to pray anymore.  I have Brooke Fraser's song 'Flags' constantly running through my head, especially the last portion of the song.  Matthew 20:16 "So the last will be first and the first will be last". 

These lyrics continue to run through my head as I pray for the 12 million people suffering in the Horn of Africa...

You who mourn will be comforted
You who hunger will hunger no more
All the last shall be first
Of this I am sure

You who weep now will laugh again
All you lonely be lonely no more
Yes, the last will be first
Of this I'm sure

I don't know why the innocent fall
While the monsters stand
I don't know why the little ones thirst
But I know the last shall be first
I know the last shall be first
I know the last shall be first

To learn more about this crisis, to read what World Concern is doing to help, and to contribute to their relief efforts, please visit

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