i like this…
Six months later after the initial attack near our compound, the LRA again returned less than ten miles from us. Unbeknownst to me, our children had decided enough was enough. They began to call early morning meetings in their houses. Getting up at 5 am, they worshiped and prayed, pouring their hearts out in prayer.
They were tired of violence in their backyard. But they also knew the real enemy would never be defeated by physical force or firepower. Their prayers were not ones of vengeance and retribution. They cried out for three things primarily.
- That the LRA in the area would walk into to local police stations and turn themselves in. That they would tire of killing and want to stop.
- That the police would be merciful to them and help them.
- That the surrendered rebels would be restored and reunited with their families and come to know the love of God.
Again eight, nine and ten year olds storming the gates of heaven that the captives in their midst might be set free. Little children leading the way and humbling us all with their examples. They embodied a forgiveness so profound, so supernatural I have no doubt heaven itself silenced to lean low and listen to their cries.
from michelle perry, via how do you live truly free? – from the unpaved road.
god answers prayer!
…Three days later, a group of ten LRA members walked into our local police station of their own accord and turned themselves in. From the accounts we heard, they basically said, “We are tired of killing people and stealing, can you help us?” This does not happen. Not at all. But in the kingdom of God, the prayers of one small child are enough to stop one of the most feared rebel movements on the planet.
…Over the next six weeks, our children prayed each morning. Forty-seven more LRA rebels turned themselves into area police headquarters all around us. And just as our children prayed, many were able to be reunited with their families and repatriated back to their communities.
wow… some children in south sudan are showing us how it’s done.