Monday, September 13, 2010

I Won!

I won a giveaway! My gorgeous prize arrived in the mail last week...isn't it yummy? It's eight fat quarters of OOP (Out of Print for you non-sewers) Heather Ross cotton fabrics. These are just some of the best quality cottons I've ever touched! Thanks for pulling my name, Alissa!

Giveaway prize from Handmade by Alissa

Handmade by Alissa sponsored this giveaway to promote the very serious situation happening in the Congo. Her blog has raised over $10,000 to support Action Kivu, an organization that "provides Eastern Congo's victims of violence with the opportunity to rebuild their lives on a foundation of hope, dignity, and economic self-sustenance" by teaching them how to sew, knit and embroider. These acquired skills will provide the victims a means of supporting their families.

I'm honestly not one who donates to many causes I read about on blogs; however, a few days before Alissa's post, there was a teeny-tiny article in my local newspaper about the violence occurring in the Congo. Here's part of what I read...

"(Aug. 23) -- As many as 200 women were systematically gang-raped by Rwandan and Congolese rebels over a four-day period last month less than 20 miles from a U.N. peacekeeping base in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations and aid groups reported. The Associated Press reported that four baby boys were also raped in the attacks that began in a key mining district on July 30. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters today the rebels blocked a key road during the raping and looting spree."

To read the entire story and a follow-up article, click this link:  As Many as 200 Women, Babies Gang-Raped in Congo and UN Helpless as Congo Rebels Go on Rape Spree

If you chose not to read the stories, let me tell you. You'd be so sick to your stomach when you reached the end. Not only were all those women systematically raped in front of their families, in front of their sweet and surely scared children and husbands, some true evil and ugliness occurred. Four baby boys...one, dear God why?, was only 1-month old...were raped too. My dear bloggy friends, this story just horrified me. I cried. I'm still extremely bothered by this situation. I think about it. I pray about it. That's why I chose to donate to Action Kivu.

I'll be much more cheery in my next blog post. Sometimes I just need to blog about the nitty-gritty realities of the world in which we live. I'm not asking you to donate to this cause; however, I am asking you to think about those women and babies. If you pray, please lift them up in prayer right now. If you don't know what to pray, try this:

Lord,

I have no understanding of why this tragedy has occurred. I cannot even begin to grasp it.
I pray that these women and children will be freed from the evil that has infiltrated their lives.
 I pray Your Words in Psalm 71 will wash over them and comfort them.
These women and babies have experienced bitter pain. Please restore their lives.
From the depths of the earth, pull them out and bring them up.
Comfort them and give them the knowledge that You will increase their honor.
Let them know You are with them.
Give me the courage to speak out against this evil.
Show me how I can help. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.




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