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Beyond Witnessing

A New Way of Humanising the World

Peter Chidi Okuma

The Poor and poverty-related issues and questions are in vogue. Humanitarianism is in. Yet so many mouths are hungry and poor – even «more hunger» than never. What is responsible? Aren’t there enough theories to end poverty like that of Jeffery Sachs: The End of Poverty. How we can make it happen in our Lifetime? Or those of Dambisa Moyo and others? Are resources not really enough and those directly concerned not doing enough in «doling out» help? Are we not donating enough? This author has x-rayed the theories of poverty and world poverty in particular through the purview of Jeffery Sachs. The author discovered that we need to go beyond witnessing today in order to really make true and lasting impact on the lives of humans. As he suggests through a combination of what he calls the «Christian Metannarrative hermeneutics» and the Mother Teresa of Calcutta model: «We are called to live the love of God, not to feel the love of God. We live this love through prayer and action. Our work is the fruit of our prayer, so that if our work is not going well, we must examine our prayer life. If we neglect our work or are harsh, proud, moody, and angry, then we should examine our prayer life. We will see that something has gone wrong there.»


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General Conclusion


It has become almost a general attitude today that most human persons, corpo- rates, and organizations – whether secular or religious have or are attempting to develop or have developed a part of its tentacle toward ‘helping the poor’ or what we may call here ‘humanitarian efforts’. There is no doubt that it is an ennobling work and very praiseworthy. However it remains to be seen how many of such efforts are really ‘Christ- like.’ And only really when they are ‘Christ-like’ in nature that they would truly stand the test of the times and really be ‘light shinning out in the darkness’ of today’s human extreme individualism and self-centeredness. And this is where the question of ‘prayer, the Eucharist and spirituality’ come in within the gen- eral milieu of humanitarian, philanthropic and even corporate efforts in trying to humanize our world by way of ‘dolling-out’ help and aids. Indeed, such ‘ennobling efforts’ for fellow humans if they are lacking in the fundament of prayer and in-depth spirituality would end up as mere ‘dry human- ism’. Until we realize and recognize that, Prayer is the most important tool for your mission in the world. People may refuse our love or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers. Like an intercontinental missile you can aim a prayer at a person’s heart whether you are ten feet or 10,000 miles ways. What should you pray for? The Bible tells us to pray for opportunities to witness, for courage to...

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