Merry Christmas

Time flies and tomorrow it is already the day we remember that our Savior and Lord was born in a stable because there was no room for Him. Is there room in your heart for Him?

With this post I pray that Jesus has taken his place in your hert and life and I wish you merry Christmas. He is Emmanuel, God with us.

Yep, in spite of a very turbulent past week and a busy time ahead, I can say that.

Also, the first day of this month was World AIDS Day and in the CECA churches of Adi district a paper was read that I wrote. You can find the English text on aidsawarenessceca20drc.blogspot.com.

Good news is that we have found, and by now received in the bank, money to organize a training given by the National AIDS Program for the medical staff of our four health zones. After that Adi hospital will be able to start with a treatment program for people living with HIV together with VCT and PMTCT. The last two services will start as well in several health centers. Yeah. It has been at least five years that we have been searching for this funding and finally we are able to make it possible. Thank you Lord God.

AIDS ministry
In all the four health zones of Adi, Adja, Ariwara and Aru the work continues. The staff presents the facts about AIDS in many different ways: discussions, teaching, film and radio. Also they are assisting people living with HIV by making their trip possible to go for treatment to Uganda, home visits and counseling. They also assist several orphans with school fees. In Adi one of them is Esther. Her parents both died of AIDS related diseases and Esther is living with her grandmother. When we got to know her, she was crying. At kindergarten the teacher had been talking about mommy and daddy and she realized that she didn’t have either one of them. Her family called her ‘Never’. Not a good name, we decided with the head teacher of the kindergarten and we changed her name to Esther (star) Anyadru (Aimee), because she is loved by Jesus and by many people around her. When I was in Kampala I bought her a new dress and took it to her one afternoon.

For the photos of Esther: annemarieboks.com. It is impossible to post them here now because my connection is pretty slow at the moment.

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