It began in 2007 ,with a Google image search for the topic " Humanitarian". I was researching the word Humanitarian due to an artist grant offered by the George Sugarman Foundation whose credentials of submission required art work to have a " Humanitarian" thrust. - Images of Darfur filled the screen of my computer. bones strewn across the Sahara, faces of children with a hollowness in their eyes, women with scars from there flesh melting when their village was torched, the descriptions read " Genocide, Crisis, Scorched earth policy" - I was overwhelmed, what was happening? a simple artistic research project had turned into a pull at the heart, all the dates were current, I thought, this can't be happening, it is not in the media.. The cold truth is that it was happening and continues despite the lack of our medias attention. Since 2003, The people of Darfur have been killed by the Sudanese Government as the world stood silent. The images haunted me, the face of one particular girl burned in my memory as I prayed, and I woke at night to scroll through a online program called "Earth" that allows you to zoom in anywhere in the world, I zoomed into Darfur, saw the "scorched earth" across the expanse of the Sahara . During the days that followed I took out my frustration of helplessness on a piece of maple wood. What can one person really do? I wrote my Congressman, Senators, spoke to everyone I could, created an art exhibit to teach about the race killings in Darfur, sat face to face with my State senator and begged a Congressman to pray for Darfur. - The aid workers I spoke to had given even less insight. One was quite candid when I had asked about their take on what peace could do for the region the voice on the other end of the phone said " Peace? ........ there is no peace.... after that conversation it was months before I spoke about Darfur to anyone when my alma mater, Mid Atlantic Christian University called and invited me to exhibit "15 for Darfur" at their Homecoming. It was not long before I was put into contact with a missionary to the region that shared the same passion for the people. I learned of the progress of South Sudan through the eyes of Faith, a joyous account of healing and provision, however, the most significant joy is the Spiritual battle that is being won in the lives of the Sudanese. While they received aid, water, and surgery from humanitarian groups as well as missionaries, it was the Christian that could offer living water from the great physician that will transform and heal the people of Darfur. - It occurred to me then, that One can make a difference when we hold out the promise and hope of Jesus.
Founder and Director of Mercy-Partners