Five Smooth Stones

An excellent book by Ann Fairburn – don’t be misled by the cover picture…there is a love story that winds through it, but there is MUCH more to the book than that. It tells the life story of, you might have guessed from the title, David, a young black man. He gets involved in the civil rights movement in the early 60’s as the result of a series of events including an interaction with a child. Here’s a quote from a speech he made: ‘…so that no child of our people need ever hear the words I heard as a child, the words your parents and grandparents heard, the words that were the shackles of their minds: ‘there ain’t nothing you can do about it.’ No dark-skinned child, hurt and humiliated, can look with tear-filled eyes into the face of an elder, and hear again those bitter words of oppression and defeat: ‘There ain’t nothing you can do about it.’ ”
I am sure that there have been countless times when those words have been said since then, and I want to be intentional about not being part of the reason for them being said. But more than that, I want to be a part of seeking out and breaking down the reasons why they are being said. Someone shared a link with me that you might be interested in reading, if this subject is dear to your heart also.
May God grant wisdom and heart as we try to see with his eyes.

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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