HIV and the Church

// HIV&AIDS Blog

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....
If you're HIV positive you're not alone. There is hope. Listen to these stories of people who are living with HIV. And don't stop there, spend time on our site hivaidsinitiative.com. It's filled with information and resources of support for you. God loves you and so do we. We believe the best resource of care and support that you can find is a local church. You weren't meant to walk this path alone. Call us (949) 609-8295 or email us at hiv@saddleback.com and we'll help you get connected. ...
You might be saying, “This is great! I love the idea of caring for people who are infected or affected by HIV& AIDS – but I don’t know how to get started.” Let me share with you the five steps we took to start the HIV&AIDS Initiative at Saddleback – they’re the same five steps you can take to START as well....
Wednesday, July 25th was a significant day at AIDS 2012 for the HIV&AIDS Initiative. Saddleback Church hosted two events at Georgetown University in Washington DC. The first was a meeting for pastors from all over the DC area who came together to link arms and strategize how their churches can be the leaders in caring for those with HIV&AIDS in their communities. The second was the Summit on the role of Faith-Based Organizations in Global Health, co-hosted by Rick & Kay Warren, which brought together Presidents, Senators and leaders throughout the Faith Community, confirming we can't end AIDS without the help of the Church. Watch the recap of these exciting events. ...
There is a growing gap in access to healthcare in developing countries around the world. In the effort to end AIDS this is a significant obstacle that must be addressed. But how, when there aren’t enough trained healthcare professionals available to meet the need? ...
This past week was the adventure of a lifetime. I was in Washington D.C. with my friends Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church, along with several other pastors including, Pete Wilson (Crosspoint Church, Nashville, TN) , Naeem Fazal (Mosaic Church in Charlotte, NC), and Johnnie Moore (VP Liberty Univ.). We were at the 2012 International AIDS Conference as guest and pastors that Rick and Kay Warren mentor. So much happened. My emotions range from hopeful to deep sadness....
It was history’s great abolitionist, William Wilberforce, who once said, “you may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.” Those words somehow mean more to me tonight than they did just one week ago when I arrived at the International AIDS Conference....
Kay shares the highlights of Saddleback Church at AIDS 2012...
The Saddleback Church HIV&AIDS Initiative in action at AIDS 2012...