Janet was a beautiful young Christian girl with big dreams for the future. Walking home one night, she was attacked and raped by a group of young men. Although she tried to hide the attack, several friends noticed her shattered confidence and brought her to the hospital. A series of tests confirmed the worst - Janet was HIV positive. Although she fought bravely, Janet succumbed to her disease and died, in just a few short months.
Janet's story is a tragic reminder that HIV/AIDS is not always the result of an irresponsible lifestyle. Rape victims, newborn babies, and children contracting HIV through breast milk have this horrible virus thrust upon them out of nowhere. International Needs is committed to ministering to those affected by HIV/AIDS and educating communities on effective prevention. Our prayer is that no one else will suffer as Janet did.
Year Ministry Began: 1986
Zambia gained its independence from Great Britain in 1964 and was under the one-party dictatorship of its first president until 1991. Growing corruption, economic collapse, and poverty prompted multi-party elections, which led to a change in government structure. The second president declared Zambia to be a Christian nation with freedom for other religions. The massive growth of evangelical churches is encouraging, but the devastation of AIDS overshadows every aspect of life in Zambia.
International Needs works to support all areas of Zambian society. The Misaka Home provides a place for orphans and vulnerable children to be loved, fed, and educated. FamCare educates pastors so they can return to their congregations to share the truth about how HIV is spread and share God's plan for faithfulness in marriage. Church planters spread the good news of Jesus Christ through rough terrain and go into small villages where people are looking for hope in a very dark place.
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