As Christians we are called to model Christ’s love and to serve those less fortunate. Our actions here at home can reach out across the world to fulfill God’s calling to preach good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives, and comfort all those who mourn (Isaiah 61, Luke 4).
This Thursday on the campus of Oklahoma Christian we hope you’ll see lots of orange.
If things work out, roughly five percent of your fellow students will be wearing orange “orphan” shirts to represent the painful reality that nearly one out of every twenty children in sub-Saharan Africa will be orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. That’s 15 million orphans in Africa alone, and compared to the death toll, these numbers are low. In 2006 alone, AIDS claimed the lives of an estimated 380,000 children under the age of 15.
So Acting On AIDS would like to ask you for help. Stop by our table after chapel in the student center to get involved and make a difference.
Here are just some of the ways:
1) Sign a petition that’s going straight to DC to convince president Bush to sign a bill to double funding for AIDS relief. 2) Pray. Pick up a scripture that we’d like you to pray all day Thursday (and longer if you’d like). Not just that God will fix it on his own, but that he could use you. 3) Donate money to the cause, funds will go towards raising awareness in America and healing the hurting in Africa.
This is a defining moment for us, the younger generation of the church. It is within our grasp to reduce poverty and disease in our lifetime. It is a chance to change the world. An opportunity to make real our faith. Jesus intended for Christians to have a revolutionary impact. Now is the time.
What :: national “Do you see orange week” Where :: the campus of Oklahoma Christian When :: Thursday October 4th. What to do :: if you have an orange “orphan” shirt wear it. If not there’s still plenty to do, stop by our table in the student center.