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157 pages
Dec 2006
InterVarsity Press

The AIDS Crisis: What We Can Do

by Deborah Dortzbach & W. Meredith Long

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In a world shaped by sin, where tragedy and crisis have controlling grasps on society, HIV/AIDS has spiraled into a powerful disease that more than forty million people are living with (and dying of) today.

In the book The AIDS Crisis: What We Can Do, authors and World Relief missionaries Deborah Dortzbach and W. Meredith Long attempt to help readers understand the reality of AIDS, and then give them the means by which to do something about the crisis. They succeed in doing just this.

Because the writing style is simple and not heavily into medical or scientific jargon, readers will be informed and moved to do something to fight the war against AIDS and poverty. Through the true testimonies of AIDS victims, the retellings of well-known Bible stories, and the use of graphic pictures, the statistics and facts of the AIDS epidemic become realistic and frightening.

Another great aspect of the book is the “Taking the Next Steps” section at the end of each chapter. The questions for personal reflection and the action steps included allow readers to pause for a moment and process what they have read. Then the book gives them thoughtful, practical suggestions to help them take action and put the information on AIDS to use. Along with this, there are also discussion questions and a list of online resources found at the back of the book for those who want to dig deeper.

Whether reading The AIDS Crisis: What We Can Do within a small group setting or on one’s own, readers will find the book both informative and practical. They will come away from it with a deeper understanding of one of today’s most serious global issues and will find themselves easily desiring to stand up against the power of AIDS. – Amy Nickerson, Christian Book

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Over forty million people today are living with HIV/AIDS. In 2005, three million people died of AIDS, and half a million of them were children. The reality is dark. But in darkness, even one small flame of light makes a difference. And the church of Jesus Christ is bringing light into the darkness of the AIDS crisis all over the world.

In Cambodia, the Way of Hope church is helping communities understand how AIDS is transmitted. And through their "Hope for Teens" program, small groups meet with a mentor to talk so that teenagers can make responsible choices about sexuality and education.

In Rwanda, a church pairs up skilled workers in the congregation with children orphaned by AIDS to train and equip them.

In Kigali, Rwanda, Pastor Augustin has taken in Tatu, whose extended family refused to take care of her when her parents died of AIDS. A Good Samaritan support group for men and women with AIDS also meets at their church.

Like these churches, this book is a flame. Deborah Dortzbach and Meredith Long offer personal stories, up-to-date statistics and their years of international experience to give us the global portrait of AIDS: the roots of the problem and the role of the church. They teach us to listen. They allow us to observe. They help us become informed so that we can become involved, partnering with brothers and sisters already at work around the world loving, lobbying, caring, praying.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (Jn 1:5). Here is a book to help us see how the light of Christ shining through his church can change the course of the current AIDS crisis.