“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)
The killer disease AIDS has caused poverty in many African nations and nearly one thousand people are dying weekly in Zimbabwe. Africa has the highest number of people infected with HIV-Aids, with about 33.2 million people, while Sub-Saharan Africa alone, Zimbabwe included, top the list. Christians have come together with ideas and solutions to reduce the impact of AIDS in Zimbabwe as they have seen that it is not the government alone which should fight against this deadly diseases but it is everyone’s responsibility. This disease has affected people economically and one of the most surprising things is that there are many orphans who are struggling to make ends meet after the death of their parents.
Some churches as they have seen that Zimbabwe faces serious pressure on the provision of public health sector services, have assisted the government in awareness campaign of this deadly disease by the provision of funds and building clinics and hospitals. This means that apart from preaching, churches are playing a pivotal role in assisting the health sector. Other individual Christians, having seen the impact of Aids to the orphans, have formed childrens’ homes for the orphans. These people have actually demonstrated that Christianity does not only mean going to church every Sunday, but it means showing your Christianity in societies where you live.
Some churches are identifying the poorest members in the society and are assisting them with food and clothing. Other church members are pledging to send orphans to school from primary education to secondary education which is a great thing indeed. These principles and values which Christians are demonstrating should be done in other African countries where a lot of people are dying of Aids. Christians should continue with their teachings on Aids and encourage people abstain from sex before marriage.
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)