Lent

In the orthodox church in America, many refer to the season of Lent as a season of "bright sadness". Its an intentional time in the church calendar when we enter into spiritual wilderness to work out what it means to approach Easter as a people who believe in the resurrection. 

One of my favorite ways to understand the season of Lent is through the story of the Israelites in the Old Testament. We are all likely familiar with the story of the Israelites' miraculous exodus from Egypt, their wandering years in the desert, and their eventual crossover into the promised land.  

The beauty of their journey is that it also serves as a metaphor for our individual spiritual journeys. Just as the Israelites passed through the Red Sea to escape their oppressors, we have passed through the waters of Baptism to escape the slavery of sin. And, just as the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years, we take 40 days each Lenten season to fast, reflect, and create margin for ourselves to depend on spiritual food (manna) from the Lord. Easter is our spiritual promised land, and as we prepare to enter into the Easter season in just a few weeks, I encourage you to take time to read through the Israelites' journey from slavery to freedom and reflect on how it parallels with your own journey. Embrace these 40 days in the desert, and look forward, with bright sadness, to the coming of Easter. 

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Looking for a resource to guide you through this season? We recommend this great resource from Biola University. 

Reckless Love

This morning's post comes from CARE for AIDS intern, Anna Wilke


We have been singing a song in church for the past several months by Cory Asbury called “Reckless Love,” it is one of the most lyrically powerful songs I have heard in a while, and I have had it on repeat all the time.  This song serves as a wonderful reminder to me and many others, of the nature of God’s love, a love that will fight for us and leave the ninety-nine to chase after one (Luke 15). When we keep this love that the Father shows us everyday in mind, we can live in freedom with joy.

My favorite, and in my opinion the most powerful, part of the song is the bridge which describes the nature of God’s reckless love for us, “There's no shadow You won't light up, Mountain You won't climb up, Coming after me. There's no wall You won't kick down, No lie You won't tear down, Coming after me.” I think these lyrics define reckless love in a Biblical sense. When I hear the word reckless I usually think of someone acting carelessly without regard for the consequences, but God’s love is not careless and thoughtless at all. His love is audacious, it is resolute, and it will do anything and pay any price to get us back. Our Father will not let anything come between Him and His children—that is reckless love.

It was reckless love that sent His one and only son to pay the price of our sin. All too often we allow concerns of the moment to cloud our comprehension of this eternal act. We lose the joy of our salvation. When we are able to remember the reckless love of our Father and view our circumstances through the lens of our resurrection, we can have the peace and confidence He freely offers us. The life of a Christian is a life of resurrection and when we are aware of what God has done for us eternally, we are filled with the confidence to face our current circumstances. Our Father has offered us a life full of joy and freedom. There is nothing we could ever do to earn or deserve the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

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Meet John

This morning's post is an introduction from the newest CARE for AIDS team member, John Flores. Join us in giving John a warm welcome to the team! 


First of all, let me just say how honored, humbled, and excited I am to be joining the CARE for AIDS team. As I look back on the last ten years, God’s hand is evidently clear in His leading me to this opportunity and to this organization.

I grew up in Houston, TX. My childhood consisted of one focus - baseball. I played all sports, but baseball was my first love. My second love is Texas A&M Football. Here’s to hoping Jimbo Fisher can end the 79 year drought. I went on to attend Texas A&M and double majored in Economics and Political Science.

In 2007, I had the opportunity to serve on a mission trip in Kenya. This was a major turning point in my life. My experiences altered my paradigm, opened my eyes to poverty and struggle, and planted a calling on my life to do something about it. This would eventually lead me into recognizing God’s specific talents that He had given me to add value in this arena - building a team, developing relationships, casting vision, and raising money. Over the next ten years, that path would lead into overseeing development efforts in the 501c3, for-profit, and political, 501c4 markets. These experiences have led to skills learned and refined, and to a rolodex built that will help accelerate the growth of this organization.

Why CARE for AIDS is a question that I have been asked lately. My response is simply - WHY NOT? The work that God has done and is doing through the organization is phenomenal. The lives that have been changed, both physically and spiritually, over the last ten years is remarkable

What I am most excited about is that there is so much opportunity in front of us. The last ten years at CARE for AIDS have built an incredible foundation and track record of success that will allow us to catapult to the next level, both programmatically and in the area of fundraising. There is so much opportunity in front of us, and I am excited to be a part of an organization that never settles and one that keeps moving forward for Kingdom impact.

The most important part of my story is my family. Aimee and I were married in 2010. We have two daughters (7 and 4), one son (15 months), and another son due in mid-April. When we aren’t busy with ballet recitals or soccer games, I love playing golf when possible. We currently live in Johns Creek.

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Pastor Profile: Regina

This morning's post is from CARE for AIDS board member and recent Impact Trip leader, Kylie White. During her Impact Trip in January, Kylie spent some time with one of our partner pastors, Regina. Below is Kylie's reflection on her experience with Regina in a community called Ziwani


It was the first day of our impact trip and we headed to a center called Ziwani to put on a VBS there for the children. We were warmly welcomed by Pastor Regina, her daughter who is also the Children’s ministry director, and Kefa and Lillian, the spiritual and health counselors at the center. Pastor Regina told us about how Ziwani is near a very large Mosque which is active in recruiting for Al Shabab and radicalizing young boys. You could see her heart start to open as she talked about the risk that children face in this slum area. Young girls who cannot afford school fees or who have lost their parents are quickly recruited and trained in the sex industry. Sometimes they are used as child brides for the radical Muslim men. The street boys or vulnerable boys who can no longer afford school are radicalized and trained in the Muslim faith and sent to other countries to carry out attacks.

Pastor Regina saw this problem and had to intervene. She has made a compound on the church property of dormitories for young boys and girls. She even told us how she goes to the streets and “captures these boys and girls” to protect them from this dim future. She also offers high school for little to no cost so these children can have the gift of education.

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Pastor Regina also shared with us about the high Muslim population in the CARE for AIDS program at her church. Many Muslim clients were initially afraid to even step foot in a church but are now coming to know Christ. These clients now bring their children to the center and rarely miss a counseling session or empowerment seminar. Its clear that clients are drawn to the care and love they receive through the program in Ziwani. It was so powerful to look around at the children attending our VBS and see many in their traditional Muslim dress. Kefa (Ziwani Center spiritual counselor) pointed out to us the large amount of trust these Muslim women put in the program to send their children to a Christian Vacation Bible School experience. But it didn’t stop with the kids... a group of Muslim women currently enrolled in the program were so encouraged by our visit that they made a snack for our team of Samosas, a meat filled pastry. Their gift of hospitality meant so much. 

Watching Pastor Regina and her heart for the vulnerable was so challenging. She takes a very active role in caring for the clients in the program at her church. After meeting with clients individually, she noticed a high number of widows in the program. In response, she created a widows ministry to aid in grieving and support for these women. Regina embodies James 1:27 and Matthew 25:40. She is spending her life for the orphans, widows, sick, vulnerable, and impoverished. She is such a beacon of light in her community. Not to mention, she played goalie for our make shift soccer game in her beautiful white dress! Such a picture of her sacrificial love and service to her congregation, clients, and surrounding community.

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To learn more about Kylie and how she engages her family and young children in the work of CARE for AIDS, click here

To learn more about the Ziwani Community and how you can support the CARE for AIDS center there, you can visit the Ziwani Center page. 

Orphan Prevention

This morning's blog post is from CARE for AIDS board member and recent Impact Trip leader, Kylie White. To see more stories and photos from Kylie's recent trip to Kenya, check out our Instagram. 


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One of the more impactful moments of my trip was one many would’ve passed over. It was during a graduation at Kia'ndutu. The clients were brought up to show some of the products they had learned to make in the program. As they were showing them off one by one, there was a mom and toddler standing in line. The daughter was repeatedly kissing her mom on the face, the mother just smiled and kissed back. In that moment I was struck with the fact that these moms love their kids as much as I love mine.

They do not want to leave them as orphans, they want to provide a good life for their families as much as I do. As I watched that mother, beaming with pride over the purses she made, as her precious daughter kissed her face, I thought, this is what God intended; not families to be broken apart by disease and poverty.

As an adoptive mom myself, I’ve seen firsthand the grief and pain of losing your first family. So, I will give and pray and sacrifice to keep families together just like this one. I'm beyond privileged to be a part of CARE for AIDS as they allow moms and dads like these to raise their children and learn a marketable skill to break the cycle of poverty in their family. I pray other families come alongside these families and get engaged. 


Interested in engaging your children in the work of CARE for AIDS? Check out Kylie's work on an initiative called Families for Families. Learn more here

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About Kylie White: Kylie White is a mom of 4 elementary schoolers (Reese, Wheeler, Maran, and Levi)  and wife to her best friend John. They live in North Carolina and operate two Chick-fil-A restaurants. Her eyes were opened to the orphan crisis through adoption and her passion ever since has been orphan prevention. Her family first got connected to CARE for AIDS through a friend and went on a trip in 2013. They lead trips regularly to spread the excitement about all God is doing in East Africa. Her heartbeat for her children is generosity and for them to see that following Jesus is an exciting adventure. Families for Families is a natural next step as she engages other moms like herself to live on purpose beyond the 4 walls of their home.