All posts in "HIV-AIDS"

Haitian orphan support: $23.50/month


The World Harvest Children’s Home in Cazeau, Haiti provides food, medicine, and care to 80 orphaned, sick, and handicapped children in Cazeau, Haiti. Here’s the description: Traveling to remote, impoverished villages, founder Miriam Fredericks rescues handicapped, abandoned, and starving children – children so hungry they are unable to walk or even crawl, with little bodies ravaged by TB, malaria or dysentery. Though some are so ill they do not survive the trip back to the orphanage, so far more than 100 children have survived and been carefully, lovingly, nurtured back to health. Gifts contributed to World Harvest Children’s home help Miriam and her staff meet these children’s nutritional and medical needs, and give them a loving, caring place to live. For $23.50 per month or $282 per year, you can provide one child with: Three nutritious daily meals Tuition to attend local public school Proper medical care Bible instruction and education Would you and your worship team be willing to present a song on their behalf? If you could present a song and pass out our brochures during one of your services this fall, every dollar will go to the World Harvest Children’s Home in Haiti. I will happily provide free materials for your music department and information for the congregation on the impact they can have for the orphans in Haiti. Just contact me for details and free music.


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Lazarus waits, Rachel weeps


A thoughtful post here from Jill Carattini of Ravi Zacharias Ministries. Here’s the nut of it: In our impervious boxes and minimalist depictions of the Christian story, we comfortably live as if in our own world, blind and unconcerned with the world of suffering around us, intent to tell our feel-good stories while withdrawing from the harder scenes of life… In reality, the stories Jesus left us with are so much more than wishful thinking and his proclamations of the kingdom among us are far from declarations of escapism. The story of Rachel weeping for her slaughtered children and Lazarus waiting in agony at the gate of someone who could make a difference are two stories among many that refuse to let us sweep the suffering of the world under the rug of unimportance. The fact that they are included in the gospel that brings us the hope of Christ … For Christ brings the kind of hope that can reach even the most hopeless among us. And Jesus hasn’t overlooked the suffering of the world anymore than he has invited his followers to do so; it is a part of the very story we tell. Thus, precisely because the faith we proclaim is not a drug that anesthetizes or a dream that deludes, we must tell the whole story and not merely the parts that lessen our own pain. We must also live as people watchful and ready to be near those who weep and wait–the poor, the demoralized, and the suffering. There are far too many Rachels who are still weeping and Lazaruses who are still waiting, waiting for men and women of faith to be the good news they proclaim.


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African 15-year-old AIDS orphan triumphs


Our African project officer, Jim Kline, recently returned from a several-week trip to Africa where he met He visited the Reencontro orphan project in Mozambique, which provides care to about 7,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Maputo, including Zeinabo, a 15-year-old double AIDS orphan (below). Zeinabo moved in with her aunt after her parents died and split her day between a vocational tailoring program at Reencontro and her many chores at home. However, her aunt became angry that she was spending so much time at the training program — time she could have spend doing chores.   One day in a rage, she poured hot water on Zeinabo’s feet, thinking it would prevent her from making the long walk to Reencontro. But what was intended for evil, God turned to good! Read the rest of the story from CrossFieldBlog.org here.


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Showing commitment


In the youth building at Saddleback (called The Refinery), there is evidence of the church’s strong commitment to the  poorest of the poor. This wall-sized mural focusing on HIV/AIDS infected and affected people features prominently towards the entrance.  Some of the quotes are worth repeating here: Will you make the invisible God visible by being His hands and feet in this broken world? Disturbed:  Truly seeing the world in which we live and moving into action Can you make out the James 1:27 reference in the photo concerning “orphans and widows”?


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Christian radio supporting Cross International


Please pray for our efforts this month with a large number of Christian radio stations across the U-S. We are working with several radio stations and programs in extending a helping hand to African orphans. Each gift can provide food, clothing, preventative medical care, school expenses, or meet other basic needs of a child-for an entire year. Click here to learn more


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$4.8 million launches Haiti HIV/AIDS prevention/care program


Something we’re pretty excited about: First Government Grant Will Help Cross Launch New HIV Prevention and Care Program for Haiti’s Poor POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (December 1, 2008) – Cross International, a South Florida-based humanitarian agency, has been awarded a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. government for a new program to prevent the spread of AIDS in Haiti and provide care to orphans and vulnerable children affected by the disease. The grant, announced today for World AIDS Day, is the largest Cross has received to date and marks an important step in the young organization’s growth. “This is the biggest single grant in the history of Cross, a real landmark in the seven years since we began serving the poor,” Cross President Jim Cavnar said. “The competition was tough, and the fact that we were chosen says a lot about our work and how much we have matured as a ministry.” Full release here.


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