The Beginning

September 2013

Today, we want to share a recent article from Fieldnotes Magazine about the beginning of CARE for AIDS;

“Justin Miller may have had Bono on his iPod playlist since high school, but Bono’s challenge to the American church at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit 7 years ago captured his attention at the young age of 19 and altered the trajectory of his life. Bono’s challenge to the Church to engage in the greatest humanitarian crisis of our times, HIV/AIDS, compelled him and his friends Zach Fallon and Josh Titus to pursue a plan that would help the church respond.

One year later they found themselves in Kenya behind a video lens, learning about countless individuals and families impacted by this devastating disease. Cornel Onyango and Duncan Kimani, two Kenyan lead-thinkers, guided them throughout the country where many church programs were responding to the orphan crisis but not to the parent crisis.

On this initial trip they listened and documented stories. The stories were filled with heartache but also hope. Abandoned by their families and often shunned by churches, these parents lacked the social support, economic opportunities and knowledge that would enable them to lead more secure lives and raise their children. “These parents wanted nothing more than to raise and educate their children, and with today’s medication, they can have that opportunity. We just needed to find the best way to help provide counseling, medical support, nutrition, life and job skill training and spiritual education,” states Justin.

On this initial trip they listened and documented stories. The stories were filled with heartache but also hope. Abandoned by their families and often shunned by churches, these parents lacked the social support, economic opportunities and knowledge that would enable them to lead more secure lives and raise their children. “These parents wanted nothing more than to raise and educate their children, and with today’s medication, they can have that opportunity. We just needed to find the best way to help provide counseling, medical support, nutrition, life and job skill training and spiritual education,” states Justin…”

To read the full article, visit Fieldnotes Magazine here.