Chinchen tells the stories of mass rapes in the middle of the night by rebel militia gangs passing AIDS to innocent people purposely. And Chinchen would know . . . He has lived a large portion of his life in Africa as his family were missionaries. He tells the story of a young man who recalls as a child being forced to join this type of militia for fear of his life along with another hand full of children who were snatched in the middle of the night. These children are orphans with their parents having been killed by the rebel militias or dying of AIDS. The young man mentioned earlier tells the story of being locked in a middle sized room with all the new children who were kidnapped for service. The militia leader told the group they were not killers and if they refused they would be tortured and killed. That's all it takes to get 8 and 9 year old's to participate . . . . That's all it takes to get most adults to participate. Upon the announcement, the leader through a piece of paper into the ground and when it landed, it landed on a little girl. The leader immediately gave orders for the children to kill the little girl with their teeth and that this was their first exercise in killing. If they refused,they would all be tortured and killed. So for the next hour or so, a handfull of children bit a little girl to death . . . This is the kind of hell being experienced just over the Atlantic.
But does God want us to do something about it? Of course He does! There are plenty who say we have problems in America and don't have time to help anyone else. And we do have problems in America . . . HORRIBLE problems in America. And the church must do something about them as well. But does the church have the right to ignore injustice based on its geography?
In the book, Chinchen calls for action across the board, both in local communities and help for overseas. It was challenging and motivating at the same time. If you're looking for something to challenge you to live life fully and to begin to really leave your mark in life, this book will start you in the right direction. Chinchen's proclaimation is, "Leave your mark!" He references a funeral one of this church members attended. The funeral was his friends' grandfather and the whole funeral spoke of how the man loved his pepper trees and even had some in the church. The friend walked away from the funeral thinking, "His whole life was summed up by pepper trees . . . " What's the euology of your life going to be like? Make it worthwhile!