USA (MNN) — Purpose Driven Ministries is calling the church to action later this fall. The 2007 Global Summit on AIDS and the Church will be November 28 – 30 in Lake Forest, California.
Last year, more than 2,000 people attended the summit. They came from 18 countries and from 165 ministries and organizations and 178 churches.
The summit is specifically focused to get Christian equipped and informed to make positive changes. Through the networks created, Purpose Driven Ministries hopes the movement to end HIV/AIDS will strengthen.
Last year's summit laid out the God-sized goals of the church–not only to help the global AIDS crisis, but to stop if completely. Kay Warren said last year at the summit, "The
goal I see is to end HIV. Humanly speaking, it's impossible. When God enters
the problem, suddenly things become possible."
More than 65 speakers were featured at the 2006 summit, including pastors, leaders of humanitarian organizations, medical professionals and government leaders. An HIV research
pioneer and the co-founder of the Institute on Human Virology at the University of Maryland, Robert Redfield said, "I think the church should become the global health cornerstone."
The HIV/AIDS epidemic gives the church a chance to love as it is called to do. Eugene Rivers, a pastor from Massachusetts said, "God has given the body of Christ a unique and
revolutionary opportunity. We must translate the Gospel so people can see in us the love of God."