24 Feb 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
The Week engages people of all faith to unite in prayer for the eradication of HIV/AIDS.
“As members of the faith community, we are a diverse group of believers,” says Pernessa Seele, founder and CEO, the Balm In Gilead and creator of the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.
“Often, we struggle through our differences and far too many times, we retreat and live behind walls that divide us from our fellow believers. Prayer is the mystical truth of divine love that is common to all believers. Right now in this moment, I invite all believers to step forward beyond the walls that divide us into the circle of conscious prayer and education for the healing of AIDS.”
After 20 years of executing the highly successful Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS and mobilizing thousands of congregations across the United States and the Caribbean to engage in a week of education, service, advocacy, and prayer, the Balm In Gilead renamed the Week, The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS. What began in 1989 as a pioneer movement to mobilize black churches to fight HIV/AIDS in the black community has exploded into a multi-country, multi-faith movement to stop this pandemic.
This year, during The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS March 6-12, The Balm In Gilead is calling on all leaders and people of faith to do the following:
• Educate every American about AIDS facts;
• Encourage and support HIV testing;
• Advocate for the availability of compassionate care and treatment for all those living with the disease in every community in America
• Love, unconditionally, every person living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
• Faith leaders are invited to submit a statement of acknowledgement, prayer, and education for posting on www.NWPHA.org.
(For more information on the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, visit www.NWPHA.org.)