Monday, June 08, 2009

The CROSS and the Pastors

About a month ago, I was asked to temporarily lead the CROSS project, our HIV/AIDS ministry that helps equip local churches on how to teach about HIV/AIDS but also to care for people who are suffering under the pain and struggle that this disease brings. This four month teaching program is done in poor, compound churches around Lusaka. The acronym CROSS stands for Churches Ready to Overcome the Silence and Stigma of HIV/AIDS. For more information about this vital ministry that I am helping coordinate, please click this link!

The reason I wanted to share this with you is because I was able to combine ministries last week when I invited John and Eta in to speak to my Pastor's class. I am currently teaching on the wisdom literature (the poetic books in the Old Testament) and so I decided to teach Psalm 42 and then have John and Eta lead a discussion on how to as pastor help people talk and process death and grieving. The grief here that people face is immense and really impossible to fully understand or describe. Just to give you a taste of it, check out our intern, Tyler Dingman's blog. So, it was great to John and Eta in, and it was insightful to hear the pastor's dialogue about the challenges that come with pastoring to a hurting country. I will share more about the CROSS project soon.

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