Roles of Churches in a World Living with HIV/AIDS

By REV. FRANCIS MKANDAWIRE, General Secretary, Evangelical Association of Malawi

The Lord Jesus Christ makes a powerful declaration of his mission on earth in John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This is what he came to do and called upon his disciples to continue doing even after his ascension. “As the Father sent me, so I send you.” We are called upon, by our master, to lead men and women, boys and girls, through out the world to “live abundant lives in Christ.”

Abundant, life here, does not mean a life without challenges, but rather a life of unspeakable “peace and joy” as in Isaiah 9:1-7. Integral Mission, is about bringing about the ‘shalom’ of God upon communities, often amidst hardships and intense suffering, including the challenges poised by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, especially in third world countries.