ANDY STURGES' COMPASSION JOURNAL
"Do the right thing. Yet do it for Love"
I am back. It feels great to be working on my life calling of helping
the poor again. I am ready to get on with the work of both helping the
needy and inspiring Americans to greater levels of love.
As in the 90s, I am focusing on one country. I felt that with my
limited resources that I should find the neediest people that I am
capable of helping. At this point it seems to be recently war ravaged
English speaking and very high on the neediest country
list it seemed the obvious choice. Founded by freed slaves from the
U.S. in the 1800s it recently suffered decades long civil war and brutal
dictators destroying most infrastructure. The people have heroically
rebounded with an excellent democracy and Africa's only elected woman
leader. The infrastructure hasn't.
-No public library
-50% of all children die before age 5
-No traffic lights
-No land phone service
-No power plant electricity outside of the capitol
I am planning on a three week trip there in Feburary to visit
charities, learn, pray, and seek God's will on how to help. Of
particular focus for me right now are feeding centers and help for the
Mother Teresa's ideals of helping the poorest are in my heart.
Specifically, I need to chat with someone with in depth knowledge of
the current poverty situation and the names and locations of any feeding
Thanks for your Prayers. Advice. Support.
2 LIBERIANS WIN THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE!Liberia's Leymah Gbowee and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have co-won
(along with a Yemeni woman) the Nobel peace prize. Just this week!
(Oct. 6th, 2011).
I met Leymah just last month at her book
signing and movie showing in Chicago. Her women's prayer and peace
group was instrumental in ending the decade's long civil war and
establishing a real democracy. The movie (on netflix) "Pray the Devil
Back to Hell" is very well done. I took the small picture of her (she is on
the right) at the book signing. Prayer and mass civil protest, can end
ugly wars. I recommend the movie.
The Liberian President (Pictured above left) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is and was the only woman ever elected president in Africa. She is up for re-election this month.