What can cause the smiling faces of the orphans in this picture? It could be that someone just showed them a trick. Or, it could be that some American visitor just made a crazy face at them and made them laugh! Or, it could be that PEACE has been given a chance in their country!
On Friday, January 11, a peace accord was signed for the Central African Republic by the President, the opposition political parties and representatives from the rebel group, SELEKA, who have been active over the last month advancing towards the capital, Bangui. In the accord, the President is to include both the opposition and the rebels into a new coalition government. The first steps towards that integration took place the very next day when the Prime Minister was removed to make way for a new Prime Minister from the opposition.
This peace accord is a great step forward for the country if all the parties involved do their part. Thanks so much for praying for a resolution to the conflict of the last month! God has answered our prayers!
Reports from Bangui say that people are much more relaxed and calm following the signing of the accord. Please keep praying for real and lasting peace to come to CAR. Then maybe, not just our orphans will be smiling!