A Message from Mark Hanlon
At Compassion, we work with children and families who may feel forgotten, who are on the fringes of society, who feel invisible and overlooked.
But this month, there is a particular concern I’ve been thinking of a lot — victims of HIV and AIDS. It seems that our society has moved on from AIDS. That’s due in part to the tremendous medical and scientific advances that have been made in the world of HIV and AIDS. The disease was once a death sentence. But today people can survive, and thrive, for years after a diagnosis.
So it’s easy to move on to something else. But the reality is today 37 million people worldwide are living with AIDS. In just one year, more than 8,000 Compassion-assisted children and family members tested positive for HIV through voluntary testing provided by Compassion. That is not an insignificant number. Each one of those children, mothers, fathers and siblings need to know they’re not forgotten. That we will care for them long-term. We will ensure that they get to the clinic. We will provide groceries and medication. At the church, they will find a safe place with no condemnation.
This month, as we observe World AIDS Day, would you pray for them? For the ones who received a positive diagnosis. For the families who will suffer. For children who have been orphaned.
Because your prayers are a reminder, are proof, that they have not been forgotten.
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- We praise God that none of our Compassion families were affected by the recent 5.7-magnitude earthquake in the Kagera region of Tanzania.
- We praise God for healing Ariely in Bolivia who was in the hospital for an infection in her intestines and is now completely well.
- We praise God that the rainy season in Burkina Faso is going well and hopes are high for an abundant harvest.
- We praise God for healing Robert in Uganda who had successful spinal surgery and has been able to return to his home and school.