There is a very important meeting that Colin Powell is involved in today. And we hear very little about it because we're fascinated with stories like the Laci Peterson case. (Is there any defensible rationale for why a case like that gets so much attention--as tragic as it is?) This tragedy that approaches the devastation in Rwanda from a decade ago doesn't receive much press, we're told, because it isn't in our "national interest." But to go with our national interest, don't we also have national values? Darfur, an area of Western Sudan near the Chad border, is described by the U.N. as the #1 humanitarian crisis in the world today. Something very close to a genocide is being carried out with the endorsement of the Sudanese government. Pro-government Arab militias have been raping and slaughtering black Africans--a kind of ethnic cleansing. Thousands have been raped and murdered, a million have been displaced, and more than 120,000 have been forced across the border into Chad to live in refugee camps. The U.S. Agency for International Development has estimated that at least 300,000 more will die of hunger this year. Please join me in prayer today about that meeting. Something tough needs to emerge from the U.N. Security council. But way beyond that, let's pray for the kingdom of God to continue to break forth in troubled places.