Today is World AIDS Day, and though the subject isn’t a pleasant one, there’s good news to be had. The U.N. is reporting that the number of infected people around the world is no longer increasing and has stabilized over the last two years at about 33 million.
Education has been a big factor in curbing the disease, as more people have realized the importance of avoiding risky behaviors and getting tested for the virus. The development and distribution of antiretroviral drugs has also been a great blessing, turning what was once a death sentence into a manageable (but still incurable) illness. The transformation has been called the Lazarus Effect – a reminder that God often works through natural means to bring incredible healing to the sick.
Nevertheless, there’s still a lot of work to be done, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, which accounted for a full 72 percent of new HIV cases worldwide last year. Christian non-governmental organizations have contributed, and continue to contribute, a lot of sweat, tears, and funding to AIDS-relief in Africa, and Cross International is doing its part to help.
One way we are helping is through the Reencontro project in Mozambique. The Christian women at Reencontro provide life-saving assistance to thousands of AIDS-orphans suffering from hunger, homelessness, exploitation, and disease. Reencontro puts the children in a good school, finds guardians for them if possible, and takes care of their physical and emotional needs until they are old enough to support themselves.
We also support Grace Ministries Mission, a church in Zambia that rescues AIDS orphans from the streets, provides them with food, clothes, education, health care, and loving homes, promotes abstinence-based AIDS prevention, and focuses on gospel preaching.
Join us as we commemorate World AIDS Day, by reaching out with the love of Christ and giving to one of our Africa projects today!