Two African First Ladies Join Pastor Rick and Kay Warren and Other Leaders
in Addressing Local Church-Based Strategy
LAKE FOREST, Calif., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Rick and Kay Warren opened the third annual Saddleback Global Summit on AIDS & The Church by challenging attendees on the desperate need for leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
"People are asking, 'How many people have AIDS?' -- but that is the wrong question; rather, we should be asking, 'Why should anyone have AIDS?'," Dr. Warren said. "You are God's plan to bring relief to this pandemic."
"There are some things in this world that I don't have hope for, but I believe in the depth of my heart that HIV/AIDS can be stopped, because it will only take one thing -- real leaders," Dr. Warren added.
Together, the Warrens outlined five traits of real leaders that parallel the objectives of the conference, to develop leadership that is aware; accumulates knowledge; are advocates and activists; and are available. Using the model of a three-legged stool, they reiterated that to end AIDS, leadership is needed in all three sectors -- public, profit and parish -- at the international, national, church, city, business and individual levels.
"When it comes to AIDS, it is not enough to just have tender feelings in your heart -- caring for people with HIV isn't enough," Kay Warren added. "We must also be activists, which involves an intentional plan in your heart for good and for change. We have a call from God to raise our voices -- do not wait for perfect conditions."
Joining the Warrens for the opening session were two wives of African
heads of state, including the First Lady of Rwanda, Her Excellency Mrs.
Jeannette Kagame, and the First Lady of Zambia, Madame Maureen Mwanawasa.
Both women are actively involved in the Organization of African First
Ladies Fight against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), working with their counterparts from
50 other African nations to
|SOURCE Saddleback Global Summit on AIDS & The Church|
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