Month: April 2015

Dear Western World, Africa Does Not Need Your “Band Aid” Help – A Short Open Letter

An Open LetterDear Western World,

If you want to really help Africa, then stop sending us money. The money and “band aid” help only temporarily stops the bleeding. Get your hands off our Diamonds, Gold, Timber, Oil and our natural resources. If you are not fighting for fundamental structural changes to help alleviate the the real issues permanently, then we do not need your thousands nor millions of dollars. This “aid” is only to further exploit us for your own benefit.

You want to help Africa, well, fight the WTO and IMF to change their biased policies towards Africa. We have the natural resources to sustain ourselves. Your money won’t help because it is going to the pockets of our corrupt leader; but your power in influencing policies will actually help. You know what to do, but you might not do it because because of greed.

We understand that we do not have some of the best leaders. We understand that corruption has magnificently prevailed in our system but to be honest, you enjoy this. Where one loses, one gains! A corrupt Africa benefits the Western World. How? You can easily influence government officials for “favors” which benefits the West. A corrupt Africa is a weak Africa – this means, any superpower can easily “buy” power and influence. A corrupt African eventually leads to “brain drain” – our best students will not want to come back to African to help after studying abroad – they would rather stay and pay taxes. Where the system is broken, only the strong survives. Only the West and the corrupt leaders in Africa will benefit.

Africa understands what she needs to do, so do not add fuel to the fire. Get your hands off our natural resources and empower Africans to rise up against corruption starting with policies against global organisations looking out for their friends in the West. Use your power and influence to change policies if you truly care.

You claim you care, then take on this challenge and show us.

Joe Darko.

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Just Stop The Facebook “Bible Verse Challenge” !

Challenge Accepted

Challenge Accepted

It’s quite obvious that majority of us are partakers of some sort of challenge on social media. As humans, we love challenges and “social challenges” do an amazing job of helping spread causes, beliefs, and messages.

Recently, I received invites to partake in the “Bible Verse Challenge” where an individual is challenged to post three different Bible verses on Facebook for three consecutive days; and to be honest, I have declined to partake (I will explain in the next paragraph). The purpose, I believe is to get a wave of people spreading the Word of God on a very popular social media platform: Facebook. This is a brilliant strategy and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

My reason for refusing to partake in this particular challenge is because I’m focused on other challenges. I’m focused on the Giving Challenge. I’m focused on the Forgiving Challenge. I’m focused on Loving My Enemy Challenge. I’m focused on Loving God With All of My Heart Challenge. I’m simply focused on practical challenges which will yield greater fruits and draw others closer to God while I get sanctified in the process.

Anyone can post a scripture on Facebook but not everyone can truly love, fully forgive, completely serve, and totally sacrifice – this is Christianity. I can simply search on and just copy and paste a verse on my Facebook wall without even reading a word. How was I edified in the process? Sure, the word might impact someone else’s life, but just like in basketball, it will not be considered as a “high percentage shot”.

I’m not saying we should stop reading the Word of God and I’m definitely not saying that we should stop sharing the Word on various platforms, but are we going to live out the Word? Are we going to go out and feed the poor as Jesus did? Are we going to go out and give graciously as He commands us? Are we going to go out and love radically as He did? Or we’re just going to be complacent and just post to complete a challenge?

“High risk, high reward” – the greatest challenges are the ones the devil can’t partake in. The devil knows the Word but he simply can’t live the word. He can’t give, he can’t forgive and he ultimately can’t love. We have the capacity to take on the challenge of carrying our Cross and living out the World on a daily basis. Yes, we might stumble and fall, we might not get it right, we might breakdown, but once the challenge of Forgiving, Loving, and Giving is accepted, His strength will help us accomplish the task and His Grace will forever be sufficient enough.

Challenge Accepted.

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Joe Darko
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