HIV and the Church

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    December 1st, 2013, represented the 25th celebration of World AIDS Day, an event recognized worldwide and dedicated to raising awareness for those living with HIV&AIDS. Each year, Saddleback Church members come together on World AIDS Day to raise awareness, support those living with HIV and remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS....
    He didn’t ever expect to find himself in this cruel situation. Sitting in the waiting room, he nervously kept one eye on the door, ready to bolt at any time. Uneasiness was a fire in his bones, so much so he no longer felt comfortable in his own skin. The thought of telling someone, of actually speaking the dreaded words to another person, caused a wave of shame that threatened to silence him even further. That’s why he came alone....
    Did you know that orphanages are damaging to children? Research shows growing up in an institution harms children emotionally, physically and developmentally. Children need the love of a family to survive and thrive....
    In previous parts of this blog series, we stated that both people in our community and many Christians still live in denial about HIV&AIDS, and it is crucially important to inform denial with factual education and transform denial with theological wisdom. Nine (9) of ten (10) ways we are in denial have been covered in Parts 2a-e. In the remaining parts of this section on denial, all of us in faith communities are asked to consider how our misapprehension of the Gospel contributes to denial and what understanding a Biblical Gospel can do to help us care for people living with HIV&AIDS and their families and friends....


     
    // Featured Story

    "I'm not a doctor, I do not have the cure, but I can be there for them." Pastor Straton shares his story of how he and his church are doing all they can to care for the people living with HIV and AIDS in Rwanda, Africa. Watch Pastor Staton's story HERE.