“Look at the nations, and see! Be astonished! Be astounded! For a work is being done in your days that you would not believe if you were told.”
— Habakkuk 1:5
In His speech to commemorate ‘World AIDS Day’ in Cameroon a few years ago, former US Ambassador to Cameroon, George Staples said, “The accelerating spread of the HIV virus worldwide threatens millions of people on all continents. Forty-two million people are already infected… Without concerted action, an additional 45 million will be infected by 2010… The official estimate is that 12% of the adult population in Cameroon is infected…”
HIV/AIDS, he said, “is not just a compelling humanitarian issue. It tears social fabrics and robs young democracies of the citizens they need to build freer, better futures. It deprives nations of the human resources they need to develop, sapping global growth. Unchecked, HIV/AIDS can threaten whole countries and destabilize entire regions…”
AIDS is devastating most African countries. UNICEF said it is the number one cause of death among adolescents in Africa. 91% of the worlds HIV positive children live in Africa. While the world has scores of answers to the AIDS crisis, sadly, the indigenous church is doing little or nothing to address this pandemic.
We are convinced that the only way the AIDS problem can be curbed is by helping to educate the general population about this insidious disease as well as pointing individuals to Christ.
In January 2004, with the help of two of Bread For Life’s board members (Dr. Downey , FL and Dr. Kathleen Holland), we developed our first Power Point presentation on this issue. This has opened many doors for the ministry in schools and communities. Using a multi-faceted approach, Bread For Life is confronting the myriad of social problems associated with the AIDS pandemic.
Our challenges in fighting AIDS/HIV:
• We need full-time workers to help develop materials and provide training, visit schools and address the media and the community as well as recruit and train volunteers.
• Relevant materials dealing with AIDS/HIV and Abstinence Education
• Funding to meets needs in this area
• Funds to assist children orphaned by AIDS
• 4X4 vehicle for use in going to rural areas. Transporting staff and materials
• LCD Projectors for presentations