- Faith & Family
In recognition of World AIDS Day, Set Free Ministries through Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Church, Inc. in Brownsville dedicated its worship service to learning to have compassion for people who are living with the disease on Sunday, Dec. 4th.
World AIDS Day, which is celebrated December 1, was begun in 1988 to honor those who have died from the disease and to show support for those who are living with the disease.
For Reverend George Gibson, the service at Set Free Ministries was a reminder for the continual need to show such support.
“World AIDS Day is actually every day because people have to live with AIDS every day,” he said.
In Miami-Dade County, there are currently one in 45 Blacks who are living with HIV, according to the Miami-Dade County Health Department.
To illustrate his point, Gibson retold parables of the many people Jesus healed and helped in his travels including the outcast woman who bled for 12 years.
“We’ve got to have compassion like Jesus had,” Gibson said. “We as modern people want to know how you got [HIV/AIDS], but that’s not important.”
He continued, “A lot of times we get saved and sanctified that we become so self righteous and we look down on people. These people are not going to want to come into the church if we’re so judgmental.”
The message of caring for everyone equally is one of the foundations of the Set Free Ministries, which was founded nearly a year ago, and markets itself as an “inclusive and not exclusive church,” meaning that it welcomes everyone regardless of if a person is gay or straight, a former inmate, homeless, etc.
Set Free Ministries holds its AIDS Ministry meeting every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information, please call (786) 488-2108.
By Kaila Heard