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Lance Nadeau’s Thoughts on AIDS in Nairobi

Ministering to People Living with HIV/AIDS by Lance Nadeau In my dissertation I am writing here in Rome, I am trying to offer a missiological evaluation of the health ministry (huduma ya afya), that has developed in the jumuiya (small Christian Communities) of Nairobi East. My interest in the health ministry is missiological. Why? Because lay ecclesial ministry, such as the health ministry, is a critical index of the local church's formation. And formation of the local church remains a basic goal of missionary activity. Furthermore, I see the huduma ya afya as an East African expression of a global phenomenon in the postconciliar church, namely, the rapid expansion and diversification of lay ministry. The worldwide growth in lay ecclesial...

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John Eybel’s AIDS Ministry in Mwanza (Archives)

Training AIDS Care Givers by John Eybel In the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Bugando Medical Center people are trained to face detestable "shadow" behavior. For example, an HIV+ spouse refuses to tell a mate about the positive test result and proceeds to infect him/her with the virus; or a nurse or family member will not care for a dying member out of ignorance, disgust or contempt; or an angry HIV+ person is "impossible" to please and full of resentments; and the like. "Shadow" behavior is the "speck" that shows up for us in the other's eye. The object of the training for a pastor or counselor is to meet the "speck" with compassion and with an invitation to explore,...

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Richard Bauer’s AIDS Ministry in Dar es Salaam (Archives)

Real Haven of Peace by Richard Bauer originally printed in Maryknoll Magazine (December 1998)In Tanzania's capital, the Church offers a safe place for people to find dignity and friendship Dar es Salaam means "Haven of Peace," but since the onset of AIDS, far too many young Tanzanians have neither a haven nor peace. Amid much poverty and suffering in this capital city of 3 million people, we are trying to offer people with AIDS a real haven of peace. Our program is called PASADA. That's short for Pastoral Activities and Services for people with AIDS in the Dar es Salaam archdiocese. My name is Rick Bauer. I'm a Catholic priest and missionary from the diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah,...

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Richard Bauer’s AIDS Ministry in Namibia

Namibia, US celebrate life by Dennise Mathieu; originally printed in The Namibian (The Free Press Of Namibia) December 5, 2008Rick Bauer is Director of the Catholic AIDS Action (CAA) of the Namibian Bishops' Conference After the introduction of life-saving anti-retroviral treatment, this hospice chose instead to mark World AIDS Day with a celebration of life, because the people who were once dying were now living. In this spirit, on World AIDS Day 2008 [Monday), we join the people of Namibia in celebrating life. For more than 25 years, the world community has witnessed the devastating impact of HIV-AIDS. Until recently, many wondered whether prevention, treatment and care could ever successfully be provided in resource-limited settings where HIV was a death...

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AIDS Ministries in Africa

AIDS / HIV in Africa AIDS by John Sivalon I doubt that there is anyone in sub-Saharan Africa who can actually say that they don't know somebody personally who has been affected by the Aids epidemic. In Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mozambique and elsewhere, from Presidents to peasant farmers, they have all seen either their own children, their nephews and nieces or their neighbors and colleagues' children die. They have seen their spouses and peers die. And below the surface, for everyone, there is an underlying fear that maybe they also are sick. Recently, I consoled someone whose hands were trembling and body was shaking as she tried to vocalize her greatest fear. "Am I sick?" As we start...

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