Less than 2 weeks after Dribble the World’s 20th running event was completed in Minneapolis, 8 friends from Baptist Bible College in PA completed our 21st!
Deanna Parker, Lisa McIntyre, Sherri Holloway,Heather Saturley, Dena Cambra, Scott and Deborah Kane, and Holly Walton decided to take Dribble the World back to Pennsylvania to benefit a pretty amazing organization named Invisible Children. What I loved about this race is the fact that Invisible Children labors to rescue children from being soldiers in Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Deana herself is a soldier in the United States Army. Check out what she had to say before the race:
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3.
When Jesus Christ was on this earth He took special interest in young children. Many adults in that day regarded children as insignificant. Jesus would always step in and explain that children were precious and very special to Him.
There is a man in today’s society who has also taken special interest in young children. His name is Joseph Kony, and he has been the leader of the Lord’s Rebellion Army (LRA) causing a civil war that has been going on in Northern Uganda for over 20 years. 90% of his army is made up of children. These children have not joined by choice, but were recruited by being ripped from their homes in the middle of the night. They have been made to do some horrible things, and have been threatened to be brutally murdered if they ever try to resist or flee, and led to believe that there is no hope.
There is an organization called Invisible Children that strives to rescue these children from the life they have been bound to against their will. Below are a few more facts about this situation, and also, a few facts about the actions that Invisible Children has taken thus far, and some of the things they have already accomplished.
– This war in Northern Uganda has been called the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today.
– In 1996, as a response to the LRA attacks in the villages, the Ugandan government forcibly evicted thousands from their homes, relocating them into overcrowded camps in hopes of providing protection
– Roughly one million individuals still live in these camps.
– In 2001, the US Patriot Act officially declared the LRA to be a terrorist organization
– In 2004, Congress passed the Northern Uganda Crisis Response Act, the first piece of American legislation to address this disaster
– In 2005, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Joseph Kony
– On December 24th, 2008, the LRA launched a retaliatory attack and murdered over 600 and abducted more than 160 children to fight amongst its ranks.
– On May 13th, 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a bill calling upon the administration of President Obama to lead international efforts to end the threat to civilians posed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). It is presently awaiting his signature
Ball for Lives has given myself and a few of my friends the opportunity to raise awareness and support for this cause. On July 17th we will be participating in a mini triathlon. Please join with us in support of this cause, and help support those 30,000 children still held against their will. I also ask that you join in prayer as the President reviews this bill for signature. This signature could make or break the future of these children. If we don’t step in, who will? If one person can cause so much devastation and destruction, it only takes one person to make a difference. These children are a gift from the Lord. They are not invisible.”