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Winter 2003 | Volume 26, Number 1

How to Make a Difference in Someone’s Life

ALTHOUGH THE HIV/AIDS crisis appears out of control, Christians can make a difference, emphasized speakers at the Seattle Pacific University symposium in November. Here are some ways to get started:

Learn. SPU junior Melody Rivera, who’s active in ministering to those with HIV/AIDS, points people toward a Web site featuring U2 lead singer, Bono, at It links to an array of organizations such as World Vision, the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), all of which can help to educate about AIDS.

Build a relationship.
Several SPU students, professors and staff members volunteer through Multifaith Works, an organization that assembles teams in the greater Seattle area to assist individuals living with AIDS. Team members help with such tasks as shopping and housecleaning while building a relationship with a CarePartner. Other Seattle Pacific families sponsor and correspond with AIDS orphans through a program sponsored by World Vision. Call 206/324-1520 for additional information about Multifaith Works. Visit World Vision on the Web at for details about sponsor-a-child opportunities, or call toll-free 1-888-511-6598.

Volunteer. Numerous organizations in Seattle and elsewhere offer ways to address the AIDS crisis and serve those who have the disease. Seattle Pacific has hosted SPRINT teams — which are open to alumni — that volunteer in African hospitals, clinics and villages. Free Methodist World Missions sponsors AIDS hospitals in Rwanda and an AIDS hospital and children’s home in Burundi, and the organization welcomes volunteers. REACH Ministries needs mentors for Northwest children with HIV/AIDS, as well as counselors for its summer camp. Call 206/281-2966 to learn about SPRINT teams. Visit the Free Methodist World Missions Web site at fmwm.freemethodistchurch.orgfor information about volunteer opportunities. For the details about REACH, call 253/383-7616 or visit

Pray. On your own or with others, join or start a network devoted to praying for victims of HIV/AIDS. REACH has a new worldwide prayer network that you are invited to join.

Use your professional skills. With the AIDS epidemic touching all parts of the world, consider ways your career skills can make a difference. “It’s going to take every single kind of occupational response that we can muster — in engineering, health care, education, business, music, art, drama and more,” says SPU Dean of the Chapel Tim Dearborn. The Seattle Pacific Career Development Center has a list of King County, Washington, vocational opportunities in response to AIDS. Call the Center at 206/281-2485 for more information.

“The response of Christians to the AIDS crisis is very important,” said Tony Campolo, challenging listeners at Seattle Pacific about their responsibilities as children of God and as citizens of his created world. “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

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From the President
SPU aims to take its vision to new spheres of influence and effectiveness. "I love finding those strategic, economic levers that allow us to allocate, align, realign and increase our resources — so that our vision might bear fruit,” says President Philip Eaton.

Homecoming 2003!
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An SPU Icon
Danna Wilder Davis completed what few others ever did at Seattle Pacific: Between 1924 and 1939, she went from first grade to college graduation in consecutive years on campus. [Alumni]

Vocation, Vocation, Vocation
Three faculty-led initiatives received SPU’s 2002-2003 Faculty Grants for Theology and Vocation. The grants support projects that weave vocational themes into the curriculum. [Faculty]

My Response
“I’m the father of an AIDS orphan,” says Tim Dearborn, dean of the chapel at SPU, as he recounts his teenage daughter’s trip to Uganda. There she visited an AIDS orphan sponsored by the Dearborn family.