HIV and the Church

In October 2016, a group of women from Saddleback Church took a PEACE trip to Rwanda to serve local churches in the areas of HIV/AIDS and Orphan Care. Compromised of core women’s ministry leaders, the trip brought together women ranging from college students and recent graduates, to young mothers and career women, to grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Together, these women found that their diverse hearts were weaved together by the common vision of empowering the local churches of Rwanda and living out the Great Commission in their daily lives.


Many of the women who served on this trip harbored deep insecurities and questions as to whether God could use them in Rwanda. Whether they felt too young, too old, too sensitive, too feminine, too inexperienced, or too small in the kingdom, God met them in their doubts and empowered them to serve His Church. As Lauren Franco, Women’s Communities intern and team member stated, “The Great Commission isn't subject to one gender, or one age group. It’s all of us. We’re all called to go to make disciples of all nations.” These women discovered the truth that everyone can be used on a PEACE trip. No matter what your background, family history, or experiences are, God can use you!


Take a look at this discussion about the HIV and Orphan Care PEACE trip featuring several women who served on this trip as they discuss what God taught them in the process:


If you would like more information about how you can serve on an HIV/AIDS PEACE trip, please email or call 949-609-8555.

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