PYGMY PRAYER

Neema Namadamu
Posted May 1, 2012 from Democratic Republic of the Congo
Pygmy woman's prayer
Pygmy woman's prayer
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I have posted a video on YouTube called: PYGMY PRAYER. The video can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/1fs7uUNCt1g.

The Pygmies are a people that suffer the worst forms of treatment, no matter where in the world they are found. They are an indigenous people, meaning they are the original, the beginning of our population, but their discrimination and marginalization is the greatest on the planet.

The Pygmies in Congo have always lived in the vast forested areas. But since the 70s, with the objective to increase the number of protected areas of the forest, the pygmy communities have been kicked out. But worse, they were not given any place to go; even DENIED a homeland. They live without any of the rights that a citizen should enjoy, let alone the nation’s original people. They are the least included, least educated, least cared for, most discriminated, humiliated, and abused, population group.

They have been considered sub-human by some and even hunted down and killed as game animals, and that in this century. Their situation is mind-blowing.

I went to a meeting a couple weeks ago and we were praying for our communities, our country, Africa, and the world, and there was one prayer that had a force behind it that encompassed all of our prayers. It was a simple prayer from a pygmy woman. It was so powerful. I felt it in my core, and it became my prayer, and I pray it becomes yours, for this woman, her community, and our world. You may hear her prayer at: http://youtu.be/1fs7uUNCt1g.

This digital story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous new media and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.

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AmyM
May 03, 2012
May 03, 2012

A brilliant job, Neema! You've created an emotional connection, explained the situation articulately, and offered hope. You are a strong and talented supporter of the Pygmies, and clearly their community is in need of a voice that is heard around the world. You are creating that. I love how the video shows the joyous spirit of the Pygmy community alongside the solemnity of the prayer. Great work.

Neema Namadamu
May 04, 2012
May 04, 2012

Thank you so much Amy. You can imagine how I was affected, being in their presence. I have written on the horror women have and continue to face in our country, and the plight of the handicapped, but when I visited 3 different Pygmy communities in our Province this month, I was completely floored.

And you captured my thoughts exactly: They Need a Voice. And as they have captured my heart, they will have my voice. I am going back next week to a community 6 hours from here, and will be interviewing some women and girls, and taking a few things for them.

I am very glad the video touched you so deeply. Thank you for taking a moment to let me know. In love, dear sister,

Neema

Valerie Bagley
May 04, 2012
May 04, 2012

My dear Neema, This is truly a prayer, as you put it, for "this woman, her community, and our world." A beautiful cultural snapshot that can now be shared with the world. You've raised awareness of so many issues that exist in DRC, and today you've made me aware of one more. You're helping prayers get answered, my sister. Love you, Valerie

Neema Namadamu
May 04, 2012
May 04, 2012

Thank you Valerie. You say that I have raised awareness of so many issues that exist in DRC, and I think that very fact is revealing of our hearts and our intentions, and the fact that WE HAVE CAPACITY. We are embracing and we are inclusive. We are intending to bring every people group into the New World we have envisioned; no one left behind.

We are not just sisters, we are the Mothers of this planet, and this revolution. And as the Mothers, we not only have compassion, but are constitutionally endowed with a capacity that does not empty until every child on this planet is brought into the good of our global heritage.

We are not satisfied when our table is set with abundance; we can't eat well until everyone has been fed. That Truth is at the heart of this worldwide movement. This is the Mind that has been set aside, even trampled on, without which, the entire planet has become desperately anemic, and troubled on every side.

We may only be part of the answer Valerie, but we carry its heart - no one can dispute that Truth.

With Love for You,

Neema

Julie Tomlin
May 07, 2012
May 07, 2012

Dear Neema,

I thought this was a remarkable piece of work, not least because you obviously have such passion for the subject and because you gave voice and expression to such a marginalised group of people. I really wish you well with your work and look forward to seeing and reading more!.

Neema Namadamu
May 07, 2012
May 07, 2012

Thank you so much Julie. I am encouraged by your comments and will continue to give energy to raise awareness of their plight, for all our sakes.

Best to you,

Neema

Albert Jarju
May 08, 2012
May 08, 2012

Dear Neema,

The video you shared has become a blessing to me. My spirit rejoice so much over the work the Lord is empowering you to do, and I can see God's kind of Love in you.

Quote: "We are not satisfied when our table is set with abundance; we can't eat well until everyone has been fed. That Truth is at the heart of this worldwide movement. This is the Mind that has been set aside, even trampled on, without which, the entire planet has become desperately anemic, and troubled on every side." This is beautiful and very true.

"Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;" (Rom. 12:10). "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Gal. 6:9)

I pray God's Love will continue to abide in each of us.

Blessings! Albert

Neema Namadamu
May 08, 2012
May 08, 2012

Dear brother Albert, you have blessed me so much with this response. It is a challenge to convey the burden that fills our hearts. And as you say, I believe it is an expression of the heart of God that is rising within us. Certainly God sees beyond the flesh and the natural conditions, but these things are an allegory of the spiritual poverty and suffering, and even abuse and marginalization that rules this cosmos. And as these visible, natural elements are an allegory, God speaks to us through them, AND SPEAKS INTO THEM THROUGH US who are the instruments of His heart and intention.

Jesus Christ is Immanuel – God manifest in the flesh – and is to become Immanuel in us, and as He is becoming manifest, He moves through us with regard to His heart and Mind for all His offspring. And I believe His heart is revealed when we cannot be satisfied with our portion until every child of God is sitting at the same table with us, enjoying the abundance of Himself in every expression of His Life. As Paul said: “I wish I could help my …brothers and sisters, my people. I would even wish that I were cursed and cut off from Christ if that would help them.” (Romans 9:3).

Jesus said: “for ye have the poor always with you, and whenever ye would ye can do them good” (Mark 14:7). But we don’t. In fact we do the opposite; we ignore them. The problem is too great and what little we could do would not truly affect its enormity. And so we become numb to the poor, to the suffering, and say to the hungry, ‘be filled and be satisfied with Jesus in your inner man’. But the Apostle Paul said: “Is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?” (1 Cor. 9:11).

For certain, all things are to be done IN Spirit. So we try not to frustrate the holy Spirit, our Lord God, by sealing off that part of our hearts through which He desires to demonstrate His love and compassion and care, and even esteem, for the poor. For they are analogous to those who shall INherit. And as they are analogous of THAT, may we then endeavor in all humility, to present ourselves to them as Spirit-instruments of their earnest reward, which cannot wait to rain down upon them all manner of blessings.

We endeavor not to confine what it means to be IN Spirit to only moving IN Mind, but allow our hearts and our bodies to also be moved as instruments of His purpose, that His love may find freedom of expression in every aspect of every realm, as it wills.

This is the Gospel that we find has been shed abroad in our hearts.

Albert Jarju
May 09, 2012
May 09, 2012

Thank you so much for your response sister Neema, all what you have said here is nothing else but the Truth. I pray God will strengthen each of us in the inner-man that we might live to serve in all things.

Your brother, Albert

noreens
May 09, 2012
May 09, 2012

Neema,

What I liked most about your video is the emotion that you brought to the viewers. Your subject is also about something that I imagine very few people know about. So thank you bringing it to our attention. I am going to take a look at the website that you put at the end of the video. Don't let them be forgotten!!

Noreen

Neema Namadamu
May 10, 2012
May 10, 2012

Thank you Noreen. They are clearly a people rich in history, and hopeful for the future. We will endeavor to make the global conscience mindful of them.

With regard for you sister,

Neema

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Dec 16, 2012
Dec 16, 2012

Their emotion is so deep when they perform the prayer. Their sincerity is also there that you can be move by the words they utter in their prayer. So pure and so sincere.greenville sc used car dealers

Neema Namadamu
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 17, 2012

Yes sister, and being in their midst was not only captivating, but inspiring. That moment has instilled within me a determination to work toward their liberation and soundness in every aspect of life.

According to Purpose,

Neema