Adventist youth reach out to HIV AIDS orphans in South Africa

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]uly 1 – 5, 2013 – Adventist youth from all over the world participated in COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS in the cities of Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg in South Africa.  With a planned roll-out of more than seventy projects, many groups united their efforts demonstrating the Power of One and made a lasting difference, rekindling hope for those living in poverty and with HIV AIDS. Entering into child headed homes of orphans, and ministering to their physical needs made many orphans realize that they indeed belong to the family of God.

Adventists are committed to education for prevention of AIDS. For many years Adventists have fought against the circulation, sale, and use of drugs, and continue to do so. Adventist support sex education that includes the concept that human sexuality is God’s gift to humanity. Biblical sexuality clearly limits sexual relationships to one’s spouse and excludes promiscuous and all other sexual relationships and the consequent increased exposure to HIV.

The Christlike response to AIDS must be personal – compassionate, helpful, and redemptive. Just as Jesus cared about those with leprosy, the feared communicable disease of His day, His followers today will care for those with AIDS. James advised, “What good is there in your saying to them, ‘God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!”–if you don’t give them the necessities of life?” (James 2:16, TEV).

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Dr Paul Charles


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