We have been in-country for about one month now. In that month, we have both seen and heard things that are extremely difficult to understand. How can a child be a soldier? How can one man or woman commit offenses against another person so atrocious that you can’t even describe them? How can a community of people recover from fourteen years of civil war? How can a country's economy recover after almost total devastation? How can there be electricity or pipe born water in most all of Liberia? How can we possibly understand, and reach out to this post-war society?
I read a story in Newsweek that addresses life after the war for girls in Liberia. I feel I must give you warning before you read it. It is graphic, and you surely will be bewildered when you try to comprehend the essence of this truth. This story, like Liberia, is not for the faint of heart!
Click on this link to read, “When Liberian Child Soldiers Grow Up”. When you finish, and you sit there wondering how such could possibly happen, pray for the people of Liberia. Pray for Liberian Christians and churches as they reach out in an effort to bring deliverance from these events to so many. Pray for the missionaries that have returned to help begin the process of rebuilding - not only structures, but lives. Lives that have been all but destroyed by the evilness of men and women bent on total destruction. Pray for the orphans that have been abandoned, separated from their families, and have no one to look to for help. Pray for us, as we do what we can, trusting God that it will make a difference!
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Isa. 61:3 KJV