Please read Violence Rages along Tribal Fault Lines in Central African Republic, by Ava Thomas, at Baptist Press News.
"'Per usual, Christians and Muslims in the CAR are divided along tribal fault lines. Racism perhaps is the consistent tool that Satan uses most often to terrorize the innocent, molest the girl child and kill indiscriminately," he said.
"Many may wonder when Africa will stop being defined by its deep divides. Ripken said that is a big question that Jesus took even deeper.
"'Jesus stated the obvious that it is easy to love one's friends," he said. "But He raised the bar when He commanded that we love our enemies. Christians, if indeed we are followers of Jesus, know that violence begets violence and the cycle never ends. Jesus calls His children to go first, lay down their guns and actually believe that love wins over racism and hate...'"
"'...It's hard to tell how many churches are left -- lots of people have been displaced, and many churches have gathered together," he shared. "But because of the war, so many people are coming to Christ. Thousands and thousands are turning to the Lord in the midst of the persecution.'"