The Inspiration: This is a story by Dave Donelson - written only for those with diamond laden hearts. It is a hard one to digest, but so important for us to reflect on. Corruption at the highest levels of government, greed in the church, and brutality among warring factions make the Congo a very dangerous place for television journalist Valerie Grey.
Amid the bloody violence of that country's endless civil war, Grey uncovers a deadly diamond-smuggling scheme that reaches from the heart of the Congo to the White House by way of an American televangelist.
Aided by an altruistic doctor, Grey is pursued by the soldiers of the country's dictator, the mercenaries of the mine's owner, and the rebels seeking control of the country. Heart Of Diamonds is a fast-paced tale of ambition, avarice, betrayal, and love.
The Scene: Blood diamonds have plagued Africa ever since the stones were deemed 'priceless' in western society. But what price do we pay for engaging in the diamond trade? Our hearts go out to the people and victims of the Congo, and other troubled regions, where the blood diamond trade takes the lives of thousands each year.
It is only through a vision of love that we will be able to live in a world where we are making conscious choices of the kinds of thing we want to buy, and the businesses we want to partake in.
When you wear the heart of diamonds, you are a reminder of a better way to do things. By spreading love, you are preserving precious life, somewhere along the way.