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 www.datadata.org. 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
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 www.worldvision.org 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
information about volunteer opportunities. For the details about REACH,
call 253/383-7616 or visit www.REACHministries.org.
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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