With an estimated 33 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS, there is a lot to be concerned about. More than 3 million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2005. And it's spreading - fast. An average of 11 people a minute are infected with HIV. When it comes to this global health pandemic, how will you respond? How will your church respond? How will CBF respond?
What can you do to respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic?
- Pray for those living with HIV/AIDS, those families who have lost a loved one to AIDS, children who have been orphaned by AIDS, CBF related ministers and Global Missions field personnel working with the HIV/AIDS community, and the persons in you church and community that have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Start an AIDS ministry at your church. Click here to find out how.
- Learn more about the pandemic. Click here for a list of resouces about AIDS and the church's response.
- Contact CBF's HIV/AIDS network for more information. New York-based Ronnie Adams is at email@example.com, and Southern Africa-based Fran and Lonnie Turner can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBF Global Missions field personnel are responding
Southern Africa…. Lonnie and Fran Turner have spent more than 30 years building clean water wells and using that platform to minister to persons living with HIV/AIDS through education and care.
Kenya… Africa Exchange, led by Sam and Melody Harrell, has partnered with local communities to build and run Community Operated Nursery School Enhancement program and Integrated Child Development Centers to help children, many impacted by HIV, to have a safe environment where they are nourished and educated.
Haiti….Steve and Nancy James are part of a Christian Health Care team in Northern Haiti. Much of their medical care assists persons with HIV/AIDS in small community health centers around the area. Acute shortages of HIV medications, after the earthquake have made it a challenge to meet demands of persons living with AIDS.
New York City….Offering pastoral care to the AIDS community through support groups, Bible studies, hospital visitation, memorial services, and education opportunities, Ronnie Adams, Barbara Brewer and Amanda Ashcraft serve in various AIDS service centers in the area.
Fellowship Baptists are responding
Knoxville, TN…. Wayne Smith directs CBF partner Samaritan Ministry that expands throughout the region, including schools and prisons, with HIV/AIDS education and ministry. Samaritan Ministry and Central Baptist Church in Bearden, TN, have one of the best models of a church & HIV/AIDS ministry partnership in the nation.
Indianapolis, IN…Karen Estle is a CBF-endorsed chaplain in the palliative care department of Wishard Hospital. She is also an active leader at the Speedway Baptist Church AIDS outreach ministries.
Raleigh, NC….Fellowship Baptist Carolyn McClendon is the Faith Ministries Program Director for the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina serving over 1,000 clients throughout the region with a wide range of programs and services.
Stories of response to those living with HIV/AIDS
A Mother's Loss: Joyce Williams of San Antonio, Texas, shares about her daughter's death to AIDS. Click here
Another World AIDS Day: Long-time HIV/AIDS ministry leader Wayne Smith reflects on World AIDS Day. Click here
Raising Awareness: Ted Lewis of Portsmouth, Va., uses his HIV/AIDS ministry experience to educate church leaders. Click here
Offering her support: Karen Estle of Indianapolis, Ind., ministers through an HIV/AIDS support group and personal relationships. Click here
Calling churches to action: Carolyn McClendon of Raleigh, N.C., works to urge churches into compassionate action for community members living with HIV/AIDS. Click here
A Church responds: First Baptist Church of Raleigh, N.C., ministers to those living with HIV/AIDS through its care group program. Click here