lasted 262 hours.
Since the first of March, a group of passionate women of faith have been on a liquids-only fast, and they intend to continue until Senator Coburn accepts a compromise and allows the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act to pass the Senate. Yesterday, Bethany Haley - one of the fasters, and a founder of eXile international - officially invited people all across the country to join their MercyFast during a press conference in Oklahoma City.
Watch Bethany talk about the extraordinary effort in support of the Coburn Say Yes campaign here:
The leaders of the fast hope that the measure will help draw attention to the gravity of LRA atrocities against children and families. You can read more about the MercyFast, and sign up to join if you feel called to do so here.
The MercyFast leaders write, "For Gloria, Norbert, Barbara, Norman, Scovia, Fida, Dennis and the more than 30,000 children who have been abducted by the LRA, we ask you, Senator Coburn, to have mercy. We will be fasting and praying for God to soften your heart, and find a way."
Bethany, who is a psychologist, recently returned from Congo and Uganda where she conducted trauma counseling for former LRA abductees. “The stories are so horrific it feels like its not real. Like it’s just impossible for these things to be happening. Then to realize they've been happening for 23 years is simply unacceptable. How can we say 'never again' and watch the LRA continue to mutilate, abduct, and torture these children? To force them to cut off the body parts of their family members, and bite flesh from their own brothers? How?"
Amanda Lawrence, Executive Director of Visiting Orphans and another faster, shared that she “didn’t want to hear the children’s stories. I didn’t want to see a room full of children grieving and crying out with hurt deeper than I’ll ever know - but I'm glad I did. I cannot imagine the memories and scenes they have to shut their minds off to. The nightmares they sleep through and the fear that constantly haunts and trails them. The fears of the rebels returning. There is still a part of me that doesn’t want to learn anymore, but I know we must in order to stop this evil.”
Individuals who feel called to join the fast can do so fully - to consume liquids only - or partially, by fasting only during the day. Please be sure to visit the website for more information and to email email@example.com if you intend to join, so that you can be connected to other fasters and ensure you are fully informed of how to fast as safely as possible.