by Dan Ruth
We here at Lutheran World Relief send our highest congratulations and thank-you to Leymah Gbowee, one of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.
Gbowee began to help end the civil war in Liberia when, in 2002, she “rallied women to sing and pray to protest fighting in a fish market”1, which began the Women for Peace movement that Gbowee led.
But Gbowee wasn’t just motivated by an ideal for peace; she found a deeper motivation that came from the lasting promise that God had given to her in her faith. In the video below, Leymah Gbowee talks about how her faith in God called her to act for peace in her homeland.
This motivation is precisely what motivates LWR. Knowing that we are set free by Christ’s lasting promise gives us the strength and courage to fight against what often seem to be insurmountable problems: drought, hunger, poverty, war, natural disasters and political suppression. It is by Christ’s promise that we stand today with Leymah Gbowee on this important and wonderful occasion. Congratulations!