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Call to Me

How the Bible speaks in the age of AIDS

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.

This 76-page handbook consists of 20 Bible studies on topics related to HIV and AIDS, e.g. sex and sexuality; healing; death, grief and mourning; stigma, discrimination and denial; church leadership; marriage; fear and anxiety; and children.  It is written in simple, clear language, and contains 22 drawings by Zimbabwean artist, Mashet Ndhlovu. 

The authors of Call to Me are 12 church leaders in four African countries: Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.  They come from a wide ecumenical background, consisting of Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal and Reformed churches. In South Africa, two groups of people living with HIV helped to develop three of the Bible studies.

Call to Me is action-oriented.  It is designed to enable churches and community groups to deal with difficult, sensitive issues related to the AIDS epidemic, and to decide on ways of dealing with these.  Each Bible study consists of seven clearly defined steps, leading to a session in which the participants suggest and discuss ways in which particular issues and problems can be addressed.  The book concludes with an appendix of basic facts about HIV and AIDS, written in simple, non-technical language. 

What our users say about Call to Me:
“I have learnt from Call to Me that stigmatising people living with HIV can kill them. They rather need our support and encouragement. Call to Me also gives direction and guidelines about dealing with HIV in the religious or faith-based perspective. It breaks the silence on some sensitive issues that people find difficult to talk about.”(Paul Bamfo, The Salvation Army, Ghana)

Download this book (below) or order copies from the Christian Literature Fund in South Africa. Click HERE.

(For information on how to run a training workshop using this manual, please click here to see the CALLED TO CARE Users’ Guide.)

By: William Mchombo, Joyce Larko Steiner, Dennis Milanzi and Alfred Sebahene

76 pages; published 2010; ISBN 978-1-905746-35-4 (E-book)

Download Call to Me as a pdf file.