Today is 18 April - Independence Day in Zimbabwe. Today, Zimbabweans should rightfully be celebrating 28 years of freedom and majority rule with feasts prepared from their bountiful land. Instead, they are struggling to find any food at all while they dare not risk gathering in public for fear of Dictator Robert Mugabe's "security" forces.
It has been three weeks since Zimbabwe held elections, yet the results for Presidential elections is not yet known to the public. The Southern African Development Community has met and has followed South African President Thabo Mbeki's lead in refusing to use the word "crisis" in regard to Zimbabwe's dictatorship and military rule. Brutal beatings of dissidents have commenced across the country, and as the presumptive run-off election is being prepared and rigged, a Chinese ship full of ammunition, mortars, and rocket-propelled grenades is sitting in South Africa's Durban harbor waiting to be offloaded and delivered to Mugabe's army and police. Tomorrow, the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission is holding a "re-count" of results that have not been announced, presumably to reverse Parliamentary seats won by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and announce that Mugabe's ZANU-PF party has captured the majority in Parliament and to reverse the outcome of the secret Presidential poll results to show that there must be run-off election when it is becoming increasingly clear that Mugabe must have lost in the first round of voting.
The "Old Man" is settling in for a brutal last attempt to remain in power. His neighbors seem not to notice, and there is nothing you can do to stop him.
But today is the International Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe - on Independence Day, we are praying for true Independence: Independence from brutality, dictatorship, and oppression, and indeed Independence from Darkness that can only be granted by the One who is True. Pray for Zimbabwe today.
And pray. Today and tomorrow and the day after that. Pray until God hears and answers our prayers.