Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesday's Tribute: SAIDC

"The San Antonio Interfaith Darfur Coalition (SAIDC) is an organization formed to address the crisis of genocide in the Darfur region in western Sudan, a central African nation."

SAIDC Mission
We believe that, as People of Faith, we are called to do more than look at the epidemic of great suffering that genocide generates one-by-one-by-one, family upon family upon family.

Not shifting our eyes from real people in real suffering is a first step.

We invite you, One-by-One-by-One, from area synagogues, churches, mosques or wherever and however you follow your own spiritual and religious path, to join with us to do much more.

We work in coordination with others nationally through the Save Darfur Coalition in its moral imperative to inform public opinion and thus to mobilize pressure for more practical and effective responses to the human communities calling for help in western Sudan, a central African nation.

All are welcome from all over South Texas. All are needed to help the people of Darfur.

This week I wanted to highlight this A-MAZING organization that I came across about a year and a half ago. Neil and I went to a play that spoke about genocide and the mantra of "Never Again" really convicted me. The play referred to the genocides that we have let happen and although we say "never again", they continue. Our actions don't support or words. The SAIDC was at the play with pamphlets so we picked one up and got busy! Darfur is undergoing a horrific genocide and this organization helps encourage people to get involved and be a voice for these people. I haven't been as active as I should in the past 9 months so in writing this, I pledge to really get in there again and try to make a difference. One person at a time can do incredible things - especially when it's in line with God's love for His people no matter what they look like, how far they are from us or what they believe. They are humans that should not be treated so terribly and as another human, we have a responsibility.

I encourage you to visit their blog and the national website to learn more. Hopefully you will join them in their efforts to save these victims of genocide and prevent other genocide outbreaks in the future.

http://saidc.blogspot.com/ (the first entry now is in Spanish but it's the right website!)

http://www.savedarfur.org/ - you can find your local organization through this website and get a ton of info about what is going on over there!

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