AIDS is so limited.
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot take away peace.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot invade the soul.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the spirit.
Our greatest enemy is not disease
From African Women, HIV/AIDS and Faith Communities, ed. Isabel Apawo Phiri et al., Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2005.
Not all churches in Africa are involved in ministry to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). But what you will find is that the churches that are involved with PLWHA and Home Based Care (HBC) are on the front lines of ministry. This type of ministry requires faithfulness, in client care and personal relationship with the Lord, and a calling from the Lord. Although training is provided, it is a ministry, not a paid position. It is the church in action. It is reaching people at the most vulnerable point of their lives. It is dealing with each person with dignity, respect, reverence and acceptance. It may be an orphan, a grandmother overwhelmed with the care of many children, a terminal PLWHA in their last days or a vulnerable widow or young girl. The church can be the most effective conduit for addressing these ministry needs.
These churches and HBC providers need not only our financial support for supplies but our prayer support. Many times they are caring for family, church and community members…and sometimes they, themselves, are PLWHA. God is raising up people who once viewed themselves as victims and equipping and empowering them to effectively minister.
That’s what makes the Cry Africa HBC program different from even the best government and non-governmental (NGO) programs. The care that is offered is not only physical and emotional, but it is spiritual because we know that, “God does not see the same way people see…” (1 Samuel 16:7).
After you’ve prayerfully contemplated this ministry, you may want to avail yourself of the resources that Cry Africa has to offer. One of the most difficult tasks is sorting through resources that will work for you. There are so many and sometimes it is overwhelming to know where to begin. A very basic yet comprehensive recommended resource is published by Global AIDS Partnership and HealthCare Ministries, “What You Need to Know! AIDS – A Manual for Hospice Care” (Butrin, Morgan, Davis & Pandolfo).
It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful. (2 Corinthians 4 – The Message)
Written by Brenda Strysko, Missionary in Zimbabwe
The Church in Africa does not despair.
Home Based Care is one of the fastest growing areas of compassion ministry because there is such a great need. Millions of people across the continent of Africa have no access to formal health care and/or medication. If you know of someone who is infected with HIV who is in need of care or you would like to provide good information to an HIV/AIDS Support Group in your church, check out the links below. You will find brief publications, written by a member of our Cry Africa team, on general health subjects such as diarrhea, fever, food safety, planting gardens, mouth health, weight gain and nutrition that you can download for use or distribution in your church or support group. There is even a page where you can put information and contact details about your own organization.
Download All Home Based Care Resources (Note: This file is 6MB in size which might take a great deal of time to download. All of the individual files below are only 1MB in size).
All files are in .pub file contained in a .zip file.
If your Bible school or national church would be interested in hosting a training for home-based care workers, please contact us. We are here to serve you!