Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, April 27, 2017
Uganda Ends Its Hunt for Joseph Kony Empty-Handed
BANGUI, Central African Republic — Uganda began withdrawing its entire contingent of 1,500 soldiers from the Central African Republic this week, effectively ending the hunt for the warlord Joseph Kony and his guerrilla group, the Lord’s Resistance Army.
“As far as we are concerned, we’ve already achieved our mission,” said Brig. Richard Karemire, the Uganda People’s Defense Force spokesman. “The L.R.A. no longer poses a threat to us as Uganda.”
On Tuesday, the United States military is also set to officially end its mission to capture or kill Mr. Kony, whose fighting force has dwindled to about 100 soldiers from a peak of 3,000. The 150 American soldiers in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Uganda will start a monthslong process of sending home equipment and turning over their bases to the host nations or the United Nations.
Over almost three decades, Mr. Kony, a self-proclaimed prophet, and his fighters killed more than 100,000 people and displaced more than two million, according to the United Nations. From 1987 to 2006, the armed group abducted more than 20,000 children to use as soldiers, servants or sex slaves, according to Unicef.
Readings from Isaiah 48.22 for Thursday, April 27, 2017
Today’s reading is an absolute truth from the very heart of God.
Isaiah 48.22 – “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
There is another truth that is revealed by Jesus Christ on the cross. How does God defeat his enemies? He does not squash them like a bug. Through love, he transforms his enemies into friends. Today let’s pray that the wicked experience the love of God and become his friends.
Prayers for Thursday, April 27, 2017
Dear God, please defeat your enemies throughout the world by making them your friends.