HIV and the Church

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    Why World AIDS Day matters more then ever this year The first thing I learned when I became a Christian less then 7 years ago was that watching TV can be a problem. One of the few indulgences I allow myself is cable TV, so I can watch C-Span and CNBC for my work. Except for a very few Christian broadcasts, most of what ‘s on TV doesn’t help to make our faith stronger, our understanding of the Word greater or our hearts more open to God’s interest in our lives....
    World AIDS Day 2012 is past – but, oh, what an incredible day at Saddleback Church! Months of planning culminated in thousands of attendees hearing from Timothy Brown – the Berlin Patient – the first man cured of HIV, Gene and Chris Landers, a discordant couple, and 13 year old Cynthia Styffe, a former Rwandan orphan adopted by a Saddleback family....
    World AIDS Day is a day to remember. There are so many things to remember. We remember the millions who are infected with HIV and the millions more who have already died. We also remember the children. We often say, “You can’t care about orphans without caring about HIV, and you can’t care about HIV without caring for the orphan.” These are the sad World AIDS Day Statistics regarding children:...
    My first trip to Africa to learn about HIV&AIDS was full of unforgettable sights, sounds, and experiences. The men and women living with HIV I met moved me to tears; their brave struggle to live touched a very deep place in my soul. It was on this trip in 2003 that I first heard the words from desperate mothers that I have since heard on nearly every continent: “What will happen to my children when I die? Who will care for them once they know I’ve died of AIDS?” ...


     
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