International Speakers Include Senator Hillary Clinton and First Ladies of
Rwanda and Zambia
LAKE FOREST, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The third annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church hosted by pastor and "The Purpose Driven Life" author Dr. Rick Warren and his wife Kay will be held at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., beginning today through Friday, Nov. 30 with a Youth Summit on Saturday, Dec. 1.
"One of the most exciting things about this third conference is that we actually have progress to report," Kay Warren said. "The first conference was about casting a vision; the second conference was about gaining momentum; and this conference is about reporting what has worked, what has really worked well, and what still needs to be done."
The HIV/AIDS initiative of Saddleback Church is a key part of the P.E.A.C.E. plan, an overarching humanitarian strategy launched three years ago. This goal of this worldwide effort is to mobilize one billion church members to Promote Reconciliation, Equip servant leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick and Educate the next generation. One session of the Summit will feature a report about the P.E.A.C.E. plan progress and the lessons learned over the past three years as a result of sending out more than 7,500 members to test the plan in 69 countries.
"The Bible commands the church to care for widows and orphans," Rick Warren said. "With 143 million orphans in the world, I'd say that we have plenty of opportunity to make good on that mandate and demonstrate the love of Christ to children who have nothing to lose but hope. And we should never discount the power of hope."
This year's conference features more than 90 speakers, including Peter
Piot, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of UNAIDS; Ambassador Mark Dybul,
M.D., United States global AIDS coordinator; Her Excellency Mrs. Jeannette
Kagame, first lady of Rwanda and co-founder of The Organ
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