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Launch of ‘Call to Me’

Members of the Mothers' Union of the Anglican church in Chipata arrive at the launch of Call to Me.

Workbook no.7 in the CALLED TO CARE series is launched in Zambia.

Anglican Bishop of Eastern Zambia, the Rt Rev William Mchombo, is joined at the launch ceremony by members of the group which drafted 12 of the 20 Bible studies in Call to Me.

Bishop William Mchombo presents a copy of Call to Me to Minister Isaac Banda MP.

In the last week of April 2009, a group of five church leaders met in the Anglican church in Chipata, capital of Zambia’s Eastern Province.  Their mission: to draft a set of Bible studies on issues related to HIV and AIDS for the Strategies for Hope toolkit, Called to Care.  By the end of the week they had drafted 12 Bible studies on topics such as healing; stigma and discrimination; healing; church leadership; and sexual harassment and gender violence.

Over the following six months groups of people in Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania developed another eight Bible studies on topics related to the AIDS epidemic.  The whole collection has now been published by the STRATEGIES FOR HOPE Trust, under the title Call to Me: how the Bible speaks in the age of AIDS.  It was fitting, therefore, that the launch ceremony was held in Chipata, where the first writers’ workshop took place.

Church members carry a banner announcing the publication of Call to Me through the streets of Chipata.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, the Rt Rev William Mchombo, Anglican Bishop of Eastern Zambia, said: “I sincerely commend this book to all who are concerned about the AIDS epidemic and are involved in responding to its many challenges.  And remember to go for VCT, for your own sakes.”

Call to Me is no. 7 in the CALLED TO CARE toolkit, which is designed for use by churches, faith-based organisations, NGOs and community groups, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

Call to Me is available from:
The Christian Literature Fund in South Africa. Click .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Or can be downloaded from this website.

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