GMI Research Report
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Contribution of Christian Congregations
to the Battle with HIV/AIDS
at the Community Level
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At the request of the Oxford Centre for Mission
Studies, GMI prepared a global research report on the churches’ response
to the HIV/AIDS pandemic for presentation at the Centre's Summer Mission Briefing,
June 7-9, 2005, in Oxford.
In partnership with research centers in India, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria,
Honduras, and Peru, GMI focused on the primary research question, "At the
congregational level, what are churches effectively providing to persons and
communities affected by HIV/AIDS?" After answering that question, the group
went on to compare the churches' contribution with that of secular organizations
and governments and to consider ways the capacity of the congregations could
The contribution of the church is occurring at many levels and through the
initiatives of many called and committed individuals. However, the uniquely
Christian reasons for involvement in the HIV/AIDS battle and the uniquely Christian
contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care are not always understood
by those inside or outside the church. This research project, therefore, aims
both to tell the ministry success stories from several countries and to challenge
churches everywhere to make a greater contribution.
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