Light a candle

July 7, 2008

For a person who has HIV – life can seem absolutely dark.

At Jeevan Sahara Kendra – that’s something we understand because we meet people every day who are living with HIV/AIDS.

But we also know that however dark it may be – there is always hope.

Hope that change is possible.  Hope that the trauma and fear that HIV bring to so many will be replaced by peace and courage.  Hope that the inner darkness that so many struggle with will go away as lights are lit.

Join us in making this possible.  Will you visit a family?  Will you spend time to listen to the pain?  Will you pray with a person who has lost so much?  Will you share some of the food that you are blessed with – to make it possible for a widow with HIV to look after her children?  

We know plenty of people who can be helped by your lighting a candle in their lives.  Here in Thane we are in touch will over a 100 families.   If you live outside Thane, we can put you in touch with folks who have HIV in almost every part of the greater Mumbai area.

Light a candle.  Do it now.  Drive a little bit more of the darkness away.

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Look Outside Yourself

July 1, 2008

                                                      

It is easy to go through life ensuring that you have enough money, that your family are cared for, that your friends like you, and your neighbours think you are a “good fellow”.

 

This is a very two dimensional life, and one that brings little reward, in this life or the next.

 

To be able to look outside yourself, to be able to view others suffering and be moved to action, to be able to view the world from an others perspective, and feel empathy. This is what separates man from the other animals. This is a higher plane of human development, and is closer to God’s heart.

 

In kindness is Godliness.

 

Since 2002 Jeevan Sahara Kendra has been reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS in Thane, Maharashtra India. In Indian Culture and society these people are often rejected, outcast, and stigmatized.

 

Jesus reached out to lepers, tax-collectors and sinners when he lived on earth as a man. If he were a man here today I believe he would be right at the heart of HIV/AIDS ministry.

 

Jesus said in Luke chapter 6 verses 32 to 36;

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

At JSK we so many people whose lives are broken mended, so many people without hope receive hope. So many people who have been rejected are shown love and acceptance. So many people walk from death into life.

 

Dr. Adam Black served with JSK as a volunteer from 2005-2008