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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning."
John 1.1

 

 

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Isaiah Chapter 40 verses 1-5
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
A voice of one calling;
In the desert prepare the way for the Lord, make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
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LETTERS TO INTERCESSORS

(Studies In The Word)

2010_02

"Listen To Him"

Dear Prayer Partners,

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) progressively weakens, and ultimately destroys, the immune system and, in so doing, makes a person vulnerable to opportunistic infections (AIDS) that eventually kill us. We have developed a regime of powerful drugs, anti retroviral therapy (ART), to slow down and frustrate the effects of the virus but we have neither developed a vaccine against the virus nor a cure for those infected with the virus. We have put in place mechanisms for funding the costs of the drugs, delivery systems for the drugs, and in many cases care packages for those dying excruciating deaths, and care packages for the resulting orphans. But, the rate of new infection continues at a high level and millions continue to die each year. Drug resistant strains of the virus are increasing and there is little or no change in the behaviour patterns that lead to infection in the first place, though there has been some slowing in the rate of infection and certainly, a significant extension of life as a result of the anti retroviral therapy.

New problems are arising; breaking the continuity of taking ones medication has rapidly fatal consequences through an upsurge in the virus; the need for treatment for the massive side effects of the drugs themselves; the interaction with Tb; and the growing acceptance that HIV/AIDS is now a manageable disease that forms part of our normal background to life. There is also ‘fatigue’ within the HIV/AIDS caring community, a community that has been involved for a quarter of a century in combatting the effects of the pandemic in the face of indifference & ignorance.

Yet the answer to HIV/AIDS remains clear - behaviour change on a massive scale. Behaviour change at every level of human existence including actions against the factors underlying poverty, human promiscuity, stigma and a lack of love for our neighbour. The Christian answer is even clearer and much the most effective response to HIV/AIDS - that of Kingdom Living. Live according to God’s plan for us. Live according to the Maker’s Instructions. This means listening to what Jesus has to say as we were commanded to do at the Transfiguration. It means also, resolutely listening ONLY to Jesus and turning away from the false siren songs of the atheists, agnostics, and the new religion of today, secularism - ‘I choose to do it my way’!

Too many pour scorn on Christianity, so should we stop praying and let the HIV world go on its way? This would appear to be what Messrs Dawkins, Hawking and Pullman would applaud. Too many ‘leaders’ say we do not ‘do God’ and set examples that foster the spread of HIV - promiscuity, lack of commitment, indifference towards accepting paternity of their children. So should we stop praying and let the HIV world go on its way? Too many schools teach freedom of personal sexual choice without balancing it with community sexual responsibility. So should we stop praying and let the HIV world go on its way?

We, as Christians are taught by God, to listen to Jesus and Jesus teaches us first of all to love God and then to love our neighbours as ourselves. But Jesus also taught us that if his message is not received we are to ‘wipe the dust of your town from our feet’ (Luke 10.11). Can you imagine the world in the absence of Christian prayer? Paul writes of this when he says ‘Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done’ (Romans 1.28).Do the atheists, agnostics and secularists really want to see a world without God and without Godly people praying and caring for them?

What would Jesus do in the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, in the face of scorn and derision, in the face of disbelief? Well, brothers and sister, he has already done it. He died on that Cross for everyone and for the sins of the whole world, past, present, and future, so we must carry on His message. We must carry on the task that He has called each of us to do, to see that this world remains a world supported on prayer, and caring, and love, so will you listen to Him and stay in there with us for the next quarter century, and continue to intercede for this world of ours?

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Review of our Intercession Strategy


AIDS Intercessors has had a uniquely identifying characteristic over the years, in that we track and pray into the entire global pandemic of HIV/AIDS, as well as interceding for specific requests for prayer from individuals and individual ministries. We have, through this, learnt something about intercession and have teaching resources and help to give to those praying about setting up intercession groups for their ministries.

Our intercessors network comprises a mailing list of some 700 individuals and organisations who have undertaken to intercede into HIV/AIDS and the main source of information to this group is this Prayer Diary and Newsletter. Overlapping with this paper mailing group, is an internet email list of some 200 addresses who receive this Prayer Diary and Newsletter in the form of a pdf file for downloading and use as a guide to intercession.

Because of cost (about £700 per mailing of the paper copy), time, health, office and human resources, the former monthly mail out has gradually reduced to about three or four per year. But countering that reduction there is now the preparation and emailing to a small group (about 20) on a weekly basis, of two or three pages of the prayer requests received in the last week from all over the world. These requests are thus able to receive a rapid response from a growing group of intercessors.

Our intercession also involves a small group (Servants of the Sanctuary) who have been accustomed to meeting quarterly in central London for a day of intercession. These days are invaluable in terms of the power of the intercession and the linkage of that intercession to the Lord’s Supper/Holy Communion - there is a coming together of intercession and sacrament that is very deep and powerful. The then current Prayer Diary and Newsletter form a focus for the day. This area needs strengthening in terms of numbers and regularity.

This same group plus others also meets annually for a four day retreat at the Oast Houses near Rye in southern England and often has some of our international members attending. The focus is on sustained intercession into the ministries represented and the global issues of the day.

Lastly, we have discovered that there is merit in persistent intercession on the same topic and it is in this regard that the Newsletter used to finish with the ‘Rollcall’ a list of leaders of ministries into HIV/AIDS around the world. In recent times this area has fallen into abeyance and we are re-instating it with this Newsletter.

Changes
We are making some changes to the above so as to use our resources better. The first change is that our mailing list, whilst updated by the changes that you notify us about, has not had a spring clean for over twenty years. We think that we may still be mailing to people who have changed address and not let us know, have died, or have found that they no longer have the time for intercession. So we are asking everyone who gets this edition of the Prayer Diary and Newsletter to complete the enclosed form saying that you wish to continue receiving the paper version and send it back to us as a matter of urgency. Our revised mailing list will be made up from these responses.

Secondly, many of you now have regular email access and we are emailing many of you in groups of nine (so as to avoid being labelled a spammer) with a copy of this Prayer Diary and Newsletter attached as a pdf file for downloading. We are proposing to add to this, on a monthly basis only, the latest weekly email prayer requests. If you would like to continue to receive the email version of this Prayer Diary and Newsletter and the monthly version of the weekly prayer requests, could you please email us at admin@judahtrust.org and detail your preferred email address and your current postal address (this latter item helps us in locating changes to email addresses).Please put ‘emailout’ in the subject line.

Thirdly, we are endeavouring to keep a strong background level of prayer going worldwide via our website. For confidentiality reasons we cannot upload personal information, but the scriptures, daily topics, and prayer to pray as shown in the Prayer Diary are on the website for your use at www.judahtrust.org/prayer_diary.html .

Actions required by you
- Paper copy required? Fill out and mail the form on page four to us urgently
- Email edition required? Send an email to us
Heartfelt Thanks
If by any chance you are not continuing with us, please receive our deepest thanks for your prayers and support over the years. Many of the things that we do could not have been done without you. Thank you and be blessed.

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UNAIDS Speech 18 July 2010 to XVIII International AIDS Conference Vienna

The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michael Sidibe gave a poignant address to the conference. Included within it were these words:-

We Cannot Turn Back
On this road to Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, and Zero AIDS-related deaths, we cannot turn back, or turn our backs on the people and problems in our path. Ten million still need treatment. For every two people starting treatment, five more are newly infected. More than 80 countries have homophobic laws. And still, babies are being born infected and are dying before their second birthday. An AIDS-free generation is so close at hand. We cannot stumble. There is more at stake here than newborns’ lives. It is their mothers’ lives also. We must never lose sight that women who give birth must also survive. The virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission by 2015 is sacrosanct.

Please uphold this man in prayer as he endeavours to reach through the cloud of complacency in high places and through the tides of vested interests in ignoring the principles of Christianity.

ooOoo

Ray and Joy and all the Judah Trust Team


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