Rural communities of Northern Uganda are being heavily affected by mass land-grabbing conducted by their government, its UPDF military, and a multinational corporate partner Madhvani Sugarcane Corporation. Thousands of agrarian peasant families across 100,000 acres are being violently evicted, forcefully displaced far from the land customarily and legally belonging to them.
Isaiah 58 tells us true fasting is loosening the chains of injustice and liberating the oppressed, which Jesus later tells us He came to do (Luke 4). Congregational fasting is one way to show our physical and spiritual solidarity with those displaced from their food source: their gardens and fields. Moreover, communities often have their own social needs, and fasting is one way a community can discover a deeper intimacy and a mature spiritual unity.
There is a practical facet to fasts as well: a group committing itself to the fast can raise funds for Solidarity Uganda, using a model similar to that of charity walks. For a charity walk event, someone might ask, “Can you sponsor me at $5 per mile?” Likewise, a fasting participant may ask a sponsor to contribute $5 for every missed meal. Not only does this serve the practical end of economic support, but it also provides an outlet for the individuals who are fasting to share the story of the land thefts in Northern Uganda and tell others what Solidarity Uganda is doing to help resist the oppression.
EARTH DAY FAST (EVERY APRIL 20TH)
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