Lily Observes ‘World AIDS Day’
On 1 December 2013, staff and children at Lily of the Valley marked World AIDS Day‡ together. As December 1 fell on Sunday this year, the day began with our church service in which Brendan Stapleton, CEO; delivered the message.
Brendan explained that regardless of our HIV status, we will all die; HIV is just one cause of death. But that in Jesus Christ, God has defeated death.
Therefore, our status as children of God; heirs of life through Christ; is of far greater importance than our HIV status.
At the conclusion of his talk, Brendan took a pair of scissors and transformed the red ribbon he was wearing into a cross, representing how God changes our identity in Jesus Christ.
Each child had been given a red ribbon and each of their ribbons was then cut with scissors to transform theirs into a cross as well.
In the afternoon, our children celebrated their health and strength with a series of games. Six teams of younger children were lead by pairs of teens through six different race stations where two teams faced off against one another.
The games involved running various obstacle courses that required climbing, crawling, spinning, tossing, balancing, and a lot of cooperation.
Prizes of sweets were awarded after each contest…
….and at the end of the games, each team received a word to add to the banner that summed up the day’s message; “I Am God’s Child In Jesus”
Jesus gives us the message of life and hope. What are you holding onto as your identity? Give it to Jesus and let Him transform your identity in His own.
‡ What is World AIDS Day? World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.