TRINITY HOSTS NATIONAL AIDS SUMMIT
Hundreds of student activists from across the country gathered at Trinity Christian College on February 15-18 with a common goal: to act on AIDS. Several high profile speakers drew attention to the global AIDS pandemic during World Vision’s Acting on AIDS Student Leadership Summit.
In the opening address, President Steven Timmermans reminded everyone that solving the AIDS crisis begins with the church.
“Remember, the church is not a place to hide in, away from the challenges of the world, but a place from which we are launched and filled with the Spirit, to be God’s workers in his world,” he said.
Guest speakers included Kay Warren, executive director of Saddleback church’s HIV/AIDS Initiative in Lake Forest, California. She talked about how the church should respond to the AIDS crisis.
“Make the invisible God visible,” Warren said. “We serve Jesus by serving others.”
Tony Hall took the podium to explain how AIDS and hunger go hand in hand. Hall is a former congressman and Ambassador to the U.N. Food Aid Program.
Trinity faculty and staff held breakout sessions during the summit. Dr. Craig Mattson, associate professor of communication arts, led a discussion that examined media messages about AIDS in Africa. Chaplain Tim Hoekstra described how God used his participation in the Ironman Triathlon and Chicago Marathon to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by HIV/AIDS
Students with the Trinity Acting on AIDS chapter helped organize the summit.
“I hope it stirred people to action,” said Kimberly Monsma ’08 of Hudsonville, Michigan. “Most of all, we would like to use the momentum this conference provided and continue to engage the campus in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
Allison Steenhoek ’07 of Ames, Iowa, says the summit reached it goal of raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.
“We should have no room for apathy, because the pandemic affects us all,” she said.
Acting on AIDS is a program started by Christian college students to create awareness and activism of the global AIDS pandemic.
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