Cover the Night

I am loving the generations that are coming behind mine. I see things that impress me. I see weird clothes and hair and odd things printed on and hanging from their bodies, too, but I see a lot of great things going on in these generations that will follow mine.

They care deeply. As the “Me Generation” moves on out of the spotlight, I see the “We Generation” taking the stage. Our kids have been born into truly the first of the global mindset generations. They are seeing injustices around the world and rather than turning a deaf ear and a blind eye, their hearts are being moved to action. They aren’t stopping and wondering what they can do to effect change, they are using what is right at their fingers and spreading the call to change through Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and more.

I see a strength and depth of faith in young people right now that I didn’t see in my own generation. To tell you the truth, it scares me a little bit. I have to ask the Lord, “What are you preparing them for?” But then I know. The world is spinning more and more out of control. It’s pulling apart at the seems and while one day, all will be set right, there are tough days ahead. A passive, shallow faith will not serve them then. Our kids will likely be challenged in their faith like we have never been. I look at my own children and see strength of faith I did not possess at their ages.

I see Facebook photos of the ProLife March on Washington that were not seen in news broadcasts and see that the overwhelming majority of the thousands who attended were young people.

Today, I watched a thirty-minute video called Kony 2012. It highlights the atrocities Joseph Kony, Leader of the LRA in Uganda, has been allowed to perpetrate unchecked against the adults and children of Uganda for the past few decades.

“In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers traveled to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure became much more when Jason, Laren, and Bobby stumbled upon Africa’s longest-running war–a conflict where children were both the weapons and the victims.

They produced the documentary Invisible Children: Rough Cut in 2005. At first they just showed it to their friends and family, but it wasn’t long before millions of people had seen the documentary and knew about the “invisible children.”

In 2006, Invisible Children, Inc., became an official 501(c)3 non-profit.” ~ (Taken from the Invisible Children Website)

Those three young film makers learned that Joseph Kony has been allowed to continue to steal Ugandan children from their homes, making the girls sex slaves and turning the boys into soldiers, often making them kill their own parents. They came home and have spent the last nine years raising awareness and helping the people of Uganda protect themselves from this man. Three young men inspiring other young people to make a difference. To care, and to do something.

On April 20th of this year young people all over the world will be called to “Cover the Night”. It is their goal to make Kony famous. They believe that if people know about Kony, and what he has done and is still doing to the children of his country, people will respond. They hope for the world to wake up on April 21st to see the name Kony everywhere. Billboards, posters, flyers, stickers everywhere. If they pull it off, it should be amazing. Then if enough people respond, the government will have to. Already, because of this group of young people, President Obama, last October, sent a group of military advisors to help the Ugandan army learn how to find and capture Kony. But if they are not successful soon, or if the public outcry were to die down, the military help could be withdrawn at any time. The movement is calling for help. They are going to make Kony famous. Not for praise, because he deserves none, but to shine a light on something happening unchecked to thousands of children thousands of miles away.

I know there are kids out there without a clue, but many of the ones I’m seeing these days do. They have heart and passion. They are moved to action, and I for one am cheering them on.

Want to learn more? It’ll take you thirty minutes, but it’s worth your time. Take a look at what these kids are doing.

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