Wednesday, December 1
World AIDS Day
Presbyterian HIV/AIDS Awareness
Minute for Mission
One in twenty persons in Cameroon is living with HIV. That number more than triples in the Northwest Province among women aged 25–29. In Cameroon women of childbearing age are at the highest risk for HIV/AIDS.
The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) is actively involved in trying to reduce the prevalence rate of HIV in the country through its many programs and services. Through its health facilities the church is involved in a successful program to prevent transmission of HIV from pregnant women to their infants. Pastors include messages about HIV/AIDS in sermons on a monthly basis.
The PCC’s commitment to fight HIV/AIDS in Cameroon is so strong that in 2007 it instituted a churchwide annual offering on the first Sunday in December for HIV/AIDS work. Fifty percent of the offering remains in the congregation to help implement activities targeted at preventing HIV and for support of persons living with the virus; 25 percent goes toward presbytery-wide events and scholarships for workshops and grants to assist HIV/AIDS work in smaller congregations. The remaining 25 percent goes to the denomination for program administration at the central level.
Through this offering the church demonstrates its commitment to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, who healed the sick and set the captives free.
—Shirley Hill, former PC(USA) mission co-worker, Cameroon
O Lord, please bless and multiply the efforts of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon and help each of us in our own way to follow Jesus. Amen.
Ps. 50, 147:1–11 and Ps. 53, 17
1 Thess. 2:13–20; Luke 20:19–26