Thankfully, I had some time away from Congo to reflect on my impending final departure when our team visited Uganda for a week-long peacebuilding conference.
I cannot adequately explain the magnitude of this gathering – if the leaders present live with a portion of the faith they professed in the time we shared together, the Great Lakes region cannot help but change. I have, however, been burned in the past by people who say one thing in a spiritual setting, but prefer to speak ‘practically’ at other times. To me, faith is practice. Only faith can allow a mother, when lobbying for the return of a group of children from the Lord’s Resistance Army, to refuse the return of her daughter because it meant that other parents like her would have to continue to suffer. Only faith would encourage a leader in a Kenyan university to return to Congo (with his wife – also now a PhD-holder – and their children) to begin a Christian university in an area wheremass killings are routine.
The milk of human kindness sours quickly – it offers aid as long as there is no personal cost.
Love suffers, weeps, and dies personally to give life to others.