April 10, 2009

flameThere comes a time when each one of us has to face the truth.

For some of us, it is when we get a laboratory report – we have been tested for the HIV anti-body.  The test result tells us that our body has the HIV virus.  We are HIV positive.

What now?

What shall I do?  Where should I go?  Who should I tell?  What will happen to me?  To my loved ones?  To those who I dream about looking after?

So many questions crowd into our minds.

We have heard that HIV is a dreadful disease – but never thought I would have it – or someone that we love has it.

Stop.  Take a deep breath.  Think.  Pray.

It is really, really important not to give up HOPE.

Whether it is the doctors and social workers at Jeevan Sahara Kendra, or dedicated people in other places – there are people who love you and want the very best for you.

HIV/AIDS is a serious condition – lets not deny this – but there are many things that can be done these days.  At Jeevan Sahara Kendra we have been working with families who have HIV for 7 years now – and have seen some wonderful transformations take place.

The important thing is not to give up hope.  And not to give in to despair.  To fight against the lies that whisper in our ears: ‘what’s the use?’ ‘nobody loves me’ ‘I am a failure and a hindrance to others’ and many such lies.

Living with HIV/AIDS is not easy – but it is being done – by many wonderful and courageous people all around us.  We want to help you if you have questions.  Please contact us at any time – you are valuable and precious.

If you do not have HIV, or do not have someone with HIV in your family – would you consider ‘adopting’ someone wtih HIV into your family?  You can pray for them – meet them and bless them in so many ways.  Besides the help that our brothers and sisters with HIV need – we all need to be thanking God for His kindness to us each day.   Please contact us about how we can help facilitate this for you.

We all need hope.  To move forward.  To live today.

Live in Hope!


written on Good Friday 2009

An end

April 7, 2009

body-being-carried-away3 Yesterday our staff tried to admit her at the government teaching hospital in Kalwa.

She does need admission they said and refused to take her.

We looked after her during the night.  She had a terrible set of ulcers in her legs – all infected and pus-filled – which her daughter and young son were looking after.  Her whole body was swollen up.  She had difficulty breathing.

If there was anyone who needed in-patient care, it was this HIV positive lady who was in such distress.

With the little that we could do, we nursed her through the night.

This morning she died at a little after 10 AM.

Once again, our public health system has failed us.  It is so disheartening to see so many who do not get care – and care in time.

Join us in praying for a difference – for love and respect for people with HIV from the medical fraternity – and from each one of us.  We can each help and make a difference – by meeting and being with people with HIV, by helping out in practical ways, by spreading the word that people with HIV need love, not fear.  Acceptance not rejection.  A helping hand, not a push-off.

The lady who died this morning is gone.  She will not come back to us in this life.  But many others like her are still alive – living with HIV.  Lets make sure they do not end this way!

Jesus said we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves.   None of us would like to come to the end of our life in this way – lets make sure it doesn’t happen to others too.  Time to put love into action!