HIV and the Church

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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?” ...
Together, we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Latino/Latina Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, 2012, a fiesta for all Americans to express appreciation for Latino/Latina contributions and culture. In this short blog series, I want to humbly pass on a few words of encouragement from this pastor’s heart to my Latino brothers and Latina sisters on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and defeat HIV&AIDS. The third thing you can do is… Follow the Encouragements of Your Faith ...
Part Three: Choose Your Influential Friends Wisely Together, we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Latino/Latina Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, 2012, a fiesta for all Americans to express appreciation for Latino/Latina contributions and culture. In this short blog series, I want to humbly pass on a few words of encouragement from this pastor’s heart to my Latino brothers and Latina sisters on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and defeat HIV&AIDS. The second thing you can do is… Choose Your Influential Friends Wisely You can be an acquaintance and friend with anyone, but not all acquaintances and friends will be influential enough to affect your family’s purpose, principles, morals and values. Influential friends help shape your family. You can and should choose your influential friends wisely. ...
Together, we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Latino/Latina Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, 2012, a fiesta for all Americans to express appreciation for Latino/Latina contributions and culture. In this short blog series, I want to humbly pass on a few words of encouragement from this pastor’s heart to my Latino brothers and Latina sisters on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and defeat HIV&AIDS. The very first thing you can do is… Continue to Keep Your “Familia” Strong Gregory Nava, Latino film-maker, is clear, "Familia is the very center of Latino culture… the strongest thing about us and the most universal." One of the great gifts Hispanics give humanity is love for strong families. So, here’s a summary of wise advice on “familia” I have learned from Latino brothers and sisters over the years:...
Part One: HIV&AIDS, A Heartbreaking Challenge for Our Hispanic Community Together, we are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Latino/Latina Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, 2012, a fiesta for all Americans to express appreciation for Latino/Latina contributions and culture. Many of my friends and fellow-worshippers are Hispanic and say with broad, mischievous smiles, “Bill. There are two kinds of people in the world, Hispanics and ‘Wannabe Hispanics’.” The beauty of the Hispanic culture in the United States is that Latinos and Latinas come from many backgrounds, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central and South American, a diverse people group whose common heritage emphasizes family, friends and faith....
What an incredible time we had at AIDS 2012 this year! Here is a quick glimpse of all that God gave us the opportunity to do in Washington D.C. at the International AIDS conference....
Pete Wilson and I – and a documentary film crew - were walking around the Global Village at the 2012 AIDS conference in DC. We were engaging people in conversations about their organizations and causes at the conferences. One booth caught our attention: Condomize. ...
Caring for those with HIV&AIDS is exactly where Jesus would be today. Devastating the lives of over 33 million around the world, this pandemic cannot be stopped with out the love and effort from church communities around the world. If you’re like Saddleback when we first got started you are asking what can the church effectively do. We have built our ministry on a simple six-step strategy that we invite you to use for your ministry. The six steps of what every church can do are explained in the CHURCH acrostic below....