“Transform the world to a better place to be, The Church is already playing its role. Are you playing yours as a Christian?”
UNITED METHODIST DEPARTEMENT OF FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS
OTHER PANDEMICS DISEASES AND SUPPORT TO DISABLES
National Methodist Day of Fight against HIV/AIDS (NMDFA) in Ivory Coast
As the world celebrate the international day of fight against HIV/AIDS on the 1st of December each year. The United Methodist Church in Ivory Coast has dedicated through its Annual Conference, the first Sunday of December each year to be “the United Methodist Day of Fight against HIV/AIDS (UMDFA) in Ivory Coast”.
It is on purpose that this particular day (UMDFA) has been chosen soon after the international day of fight against HIV/AIDS. On one hand, it is for a quick spread up of the international theme of the year on fight against HIV/AIDS. On the other hand, mobilize Christians to take part into all activities that will be organized throughout the year by the UMC-CI Department of fight against HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS is also our concern as Christians, having that in mind the UMC-CI is promoting the National theme on AIDS which stand for: “ZERO HIV TRANSMISSION MOTHER-CHILDREN, ZERO DEATH DUE TO HIV/AIDS”
For this reason, on Sunday 06 December 2015, the UMC-CI Annual Conference shares the same message of hope in all UMC-CI local churches. And had hosted through the UMC Department of fight against HIV/AIDS a dedicated church service in the regions of KUSSOU and ZATTA (YAMOUSSOUKRO) whereby a series of activities on raising awareness followed by volunteer HIV test were organized in those two regions.
National Methodist Day of Fight against HIV/AIDS (NMDFA) celebration in Kossou & Zatta from 04-06/12/2015
Compassion campaign “An open hand laid, a hope for an OVC”
During the dedicated Church service in all UMC-CI local churches, the compassion campaign is being presented to members of the church, this as a way of a direct contribution to support Orphans and Vulnerable Children due to HIV/AIDS (OVC).
About the Compassion Campaign
HIV/AIDS has spawns in Ivory Coast over 440.000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children due to HIV/AIDS (OVC) of which 73% of them do not receive any support due to several reasons such as:
- Lack of financial resources and human care
- Organizations made for that are not functioning, etc.
Due to these reasons the UMC-CI Bishop, Bishop B. BONI had launched a campaign called “compassion campaign” in all UMC-CI local churches in 2013. The theme of this campaign is “An open hand laid, a hope for an OVC”, its consists of subscribing in the compassion account with a minimum of 10 000FCA ($17) to support one OVC for an entire year, someone can give more depending on each one’s personal financial capacity.
This campaign aims to provide to 2 596 OVC:
- Nutritional and Hygienic support
- School, Health, Juridical support
- Strengthening economic support of OVC guardians, etc.
As the UMC-CI Department of fight against HIV/AIDS we exhort you with this;
Lord God doesn’t have other hands than ours to laid others and do good;
Lord God doesn’t have other eyes than ours to charitably see and look after others;
Lord God doesn’t have other mouth than ours to say lovely words and proclaim fraternity to others;
Lord God doesn’t have other heart than ours to unconditionally love others;
Lord God doesn’t have other ears than ours to carefully listen to cries of distresses;
Lord God doesn’t have other companions than us to share his kingdom to today’s men and women;
Lord God, through his son Jesus Christ sent us in the world to be his witness, share hope and transform the world through proclaiming his love.
May God’s peace, love and joy remain in us each and every day.
Didier Monga wa Shakapanga (Global Mission fellows)
Serving At: United Methodist Church of Côte d’Ivoire
Make an online donation to: Didier Monga wa Shakapanga #3022109.
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