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AIDS: Just another way to die
KATSE, Lesotho (BP)--Death and funerals. Prayer for the dying and their families. More death.
It's a way of life for the people known as Basotho who live in the African nation of Lesotho.
"They think HIV/AIDS is just one more way to die," says John Younker, a short-term missionary serving in Lesotho, a country surrounded by South Africa. "When you meet a person in Lesotho, or you meet a person in my village, chances are they have AIDS, or chances are they're HIV-positive."
The nurse at the local clinic estimates more than 400 people out of roughly 750 in the village are HIV-positive, says Younker, who serves in Lesotho through the Georgia Baptist Convention's collegiate ministries in partnership with the International Mission Board.
"They live such a hard life that if you test positive for HIV, it's not a life-shattering, a life-shaking event because [you think], 'Well, I'm going to die in the mines' or 'I'm going to die falling off a horse' or 'I'm going to get in a car accident' or you're going to die of something else," he says. Read More
AIDS: A global overview
NEW YORK (BP)--AIDS is a worldwide pandemic. The United Nations estimates 33 million people were living with HIV in 2007, the most recent year statistics were released Read More
Church's compassion transcends AIDS/HIVFORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--It could have been just another evening meal at Samaritan House. Another church group dishing up the usual potluck fare in the cafeteria. Read More
GCR Task Force making 'enormous progress,' chairman Floyd says
ATLANTA (BP)--The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force made excellent progress in its Nov. 30-Dec. 1 meeting in Atlanta and plans to present a substantial report during the February meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee in Nashville, Tenn., task force chairman Ronnie Floyd said. Read More
D.C. council votes to legalize 'gay marriage'
WASHINGTON (BP)--The District of Columbia Council voted 11-2 to legalize "same-sex marriage" Dec. 1, putting the capital in position to become the sixth U.S. jurisdiction to approve such unions.
The action is the first of two votes required to pass the legislation. A second vote by the council is expected to occur Dec. 15. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has committed to sign the measure after a second favorable council vote.
Congress will have the opportunity to review the bill after it becom... Read More
Young pastors lead churches to support Cooperative Program
TUPELO, Miss. (BP)--Pastors of churches started in the mid-1800s, mid-1900s and the middle of this decade share more than their under-40 age in common: They're all advocates for the Cooperative Program (CP).
CLAY ANTHONY, Richmond Baptist Church, Tupelo, Miss.
At the start of each worship service throughout the year, youngsters are sent into the congregation to find all the change they can. The change is dumped into a 5-gallon water jug near the pulpit. It takes about six weeks to fill... Read More
CP giving 0.18% ahead of '08 pace
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 0.18 percent ahead of the same time frame in 2008, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
As of Nov. 30, the year-to-date total of $33,244,504.13 for Cooperative Program gifts is $60,306.33 ahead of the $33,184,197.80 received at the same point in 2008. For the month, receipts of $16,383,149.98 were 6.4... Read More