While slavery is an issue for them, it is currently not the primary one. Ending the war that has claimed 2 million lives, keeping another 2.4 million from starving to death, and teaching them about Jesus are the top concerns they repeatedly voice to me.
As Pastor Arkangelo Wani Lemi observed to me while I watched death happen, "My people will not starve to death. We have brothers and sisters in the West; we are part of a family." Making that a reality has become part of the passion of my life, for loving Jesus means that I cannot stand by and let my brothers and sisters die. That is why my oldest son is in Sudan today and why we must hear the heart cry of God's people. Fight slavery, yes; but save lives and share Jesus as well.
Clive Calver, President
Carol Stream, Ill.
Christian Solidarity International is the voice of the voiceless, their advocates. Thus, while it is not possible to buy the freedom of the tens of thousands that are enslaved, advocacy is an important part of CSI's work. They go to the Human Rights Commission in Geneva and New York to testify about what they have seen and pressure the government of Sudan to mend its ways. While Westerners and some Christians might find it immoral to buy and sell people, in Sudan it is the only way loved ones can be reunited with family members.
Christian Solidarity InternationalUSA
* It would be tragic if your article slowed CSI's program of emancipating women and children from the hands of monsters. Slave redemption critics whom Christine Gardner interviewed are people who have chosen to become personal and political enemies of CSI.
For years, UNICEF ignored UN reports about black women and children slaves in Sudan. CSI's ...1
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