Shame engulfed Hanin the moment she heard the devastating news: She had AIDS.
She sank into an ocean of despair. She wanted to end her life but held back for the sake of her children. All her life’s happy plans with her husband and children were dashed to pieces before her tear-filled eyes.
By the time Hanin was diagnosed, her health was in critical condition. The doctors said she had only a few more years left to live before the disease extinguished her life. At home, Hanin felt a widening gulf between her and her relatives. Though no one said anything overtly, the news of her illness brought much suspicion and shame on her bowed head.
A Husbands Mourns
Hanin was not the only person devastated by her diagnosis—her loyal and loving husband, Baith, experienced deep anguish in his heart, too. He loved Hanin greatly.
Baith knew there was no treatment that could heal his beloved wife. Even so, he wanted to spend every cent they had on anything that could possibly give her more time—anything that could ease her pain and give her hope […]
Awareness Raised All Over Asia on World AIDS Day
Many people who are infected with HIV in Asia carry a stigma of shame and hopelessness. But GFA-supported workers want these people to know the free gift of God’s love that covers all shame.
In an effort to proclaim that love, GFA-supported workers pull together to bring awareness and hope into their communities concerning HIV / AIDS. Sunday school groups and Bible college students conduct rallies and marches during World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. Throughout the year, medical camps provide checkups—including HIV / AIDS testing—for communities that lack access to health care.
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