Presidential candidate accepts invitation to attend summit regarding AIDS and the church

By November 23, 2007

USA (MNN) — Purpose Driven Ministries is
rallying the troops. In answering the
question, "What is faith without action?" Saddleback Church and PDM have put
together a curriculum that will teach and equip participants for positive
change in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS crisis.  

The summit is designed to start
conversations and build networking that will strengthen the movement to eradicate
AIDS. It is built around five parts.

P.E.A.C.E. plan components
encourage believers to: Plant churches/Promote Reconciliation, Equip servant
leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick, and Educate the next generation.

It is currently being tested in
more than 80 countries and addresses the five biggest global problems that
encompass leadership, finance, health, education and faith.

PDM has also invited the top
presidential candidates to be part of the Global Summit on AIDS and the
The Summit is slated for
November 27th through December 1st. Ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic needs the cooperation of the next U.S.
president and ministry leaders. 

"Inviting politicians from
different perspectives to the Summit is not a political decision — it is a
humanitarian and Christian action," said Saddleback pastor Rick Warren. "When millions are dying each year, we're
interested in lives, not labels. We want everyone to become concerned about the
AIDS pandemic."

The candidates will learn more
information about the P.E.A.C.E. plan, a worldwide effort to mobilize 1 billion
church members to respond to the crisis. Senator Hillary Clinton was the first
to formally accept.

Clinton will appear on-site,
along with those joining live via satellite Nov. 29 for a special session titled "Global
P.E.A.C.E. Plan: Conversations with Leaders."

Invitations were extended to
leading presidential candidates, many of whom have agreed to join Clinton via live
satellite feed including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Barack Obama
(D-Ill.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Several others have expressed
interest but due to scheduling are unable to confirm.

The Warrens have been mobilizing
Christians for over four years now to overturn the pandemic. They are convinced
that AIDS cannot be ended without the Church and the two billion followers of
Christ around the globe.


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