Been a few years since I’ve worked with GCAP but decided to reconnect with its director to see how S&L can come along side their participants. Between the memorial on Friday and today’s Holiday Brunch, it served as a reminder of the over 500 people in our community who are HIV+. * AIDS has claimed almost 35 million lives since 1981. * 37 million live with HIV. * Half of worldwide infections are young people 25 and under. *1/20 adults are infected. *1 new infection every 15 seconds; in the same
15 seconds AIDS claims another life.
By 2020, 12% of Africa’s workforce could die of AIDS (58 million people). And there’s the most vulnerable, collateral victims of AIDS in Africa: 20 million orphans.
The purpose of World AIDS Day is to remember those who have perished, to reassure those who are HIV+ or living with AIDS that they’re not alone, and to recognize the need to respond to this global crisis that too often evades our attention and consciences. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “AIDS is a plague of Biblical proportions.” I believe a Biblical crisis requires a Biblical solution…that can only be found in Christ.
That places greater responsibility on followers of Christ to not only pray for a cure, but to CARE...to be an extension of God's hope and healing for the hurting. "…I was sick and you cared for me…" (Matthew 25:36). #EverybodyCounts