A few weeks ago, I read a report on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the highlights of which I will like to share with you today.
1. Number of people living with HIV/AIDS globally as at December 2003: Adults=37million, Children=2.5 million. 22.6 million (61%) of these people are living in sub-Saharan Africa.
2. Number of HIV/AIDS death in 2003=3million.
3. Number of AIDS orphans at the end of 2001=14million.
Source: UNAIDS (2003) AIDS epidemic report.
You will agree with me that the above statistics is very unsettling particularly as the situation is getting worse on daily basis. Friend, you may wish to remember that there is no known cure for this frightful disease and none is in sight. Unless there is divine intervention, our beautiful world may soon become overwhelmed with ill and dying people as well as millions of poor and helpless dependants of the deceased. Should we just fold our arms and do nothing? NO! I think we should do something concrete and quickly too. This is not the time for us to start trading blames and abuses. And definitely this is not the time for us to delve into the controversies surrounding the origin of HIV/AIDS. This is the time for us to pray! This is the request I am humbly putting before you today-please heed my call. Please kindly pause for a moment and join other people all over the world in sincerely saying the prayer below.
‘’ Dear Lord,
Help us to accept the challenges of AIDS
Protect the healthy, calm the frightened and give courage to those in pains,
Comfort the dying and give eternal rest to the dead
Console the bereaved and strengthen those who care for the sick
May we O Lord, trusting in your love, be united in conquering all diseases and fear
These and more we ask in Jesus name. Amen’’.
Thank you. Please as much as you can this month, kindly remember to pray for all HIV/AIDS patients and their relatives; they need us more than ever before and I believe God will reward you hugely in Jesus name. Amen.
Finally, let me commit you into God’s hands as I wish you a month of divine solution.
Jesus is Lord!