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Reconciliation - HIV/AIDS

Author: Valdir Steuernagel, Cristo Greyling, Princess Zulu
Date: 12.11.2010
Category: Social Justice, Reconciliation

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Valdir Steuernagel, Cristo Greyling and Princess Zulu discuss HIV/AIDS and present a challenge to make reconciliation a key element of the Gospel presentation, especially to those hurting in a broken world.

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Keywords: HIV, AIDS, HIV/AIDS, broken world, Valdir Steuernagel, Cristo Greyling, Princess Zulu, Cape Town 2010

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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Open_Hearted (1)
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What a powerful message! I am impressed by this title: “Challenging to Make Reconciliation a Key Element of Gospel Presentation.” E. Glenn Hinson says that, “our logic declares: The weak are weak. The strong are strong. In weakness is weakness. In strength is strength. God’s power logic says: In your human weakness, you may find my power. That, you see, is the logic of the cross. The cross is about the Eternal God joining us in our vulnerability.” Paul told us that God’s grace is enough and sufficient for everyone. In the world, terrible things happen. I hear the voices of Cristo Grayling and Princess Zulu saying that we do not need to be afraid, because God stays with us, loves us, and looks after all creation. Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God. Thanks to be God.

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Pumpkin (1)
United States

What an amazing story on how a person can take a death sentence and turn it into a testimony of God’s love. Being HIV/AIDS positive did not cause woes as me but victory in Jesus. I had a brother who died from this desease and his outlook was that of gloom and despair. Such a powerful way to witness and share Jesus.

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down rome_15 (0)
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The outlook on life that princess has is amazing!  Here ability to look past the things that she has been through and still have such zeal for God is inspiring.  I can honestly say that I do not always have a great attitude when things are not going my way, and here is a women who is willing to be joyful despite her circumstances.  I do not know of many people who would be able to have the resolve that she has after going through something like this.  I’m sure that her story has been such an encouragement to others who have been in her place.  It is wonderful to see someone who is such an inspiration of what it looks like to follow after Christ no matter the circumstances.

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Jswatz (0)
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This young woman’s ability to live in reconciliation is mind blowing!  She is living in the power of God.  I cannot imagine receiving the news that she did let alone reacting in such a positive and powerful way.  It makes me wonder what it might be like to live life completely reconciled to God.  I imagine that is the only way to be able to take an HIV/AIDS diagnosis and see it as something worth celebrating.  Everything good and bad is a tool by which God can work through a person, and she is doing just that.  She sees where God is moving in her life given her a voice for the millions who are affected by this terrible disease.  

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down ANuessmeier (0)
United States

I am just taken with these stories. Princess’ words resonate with me so strongly. I do not have HIV like she does, but I have been in a situation that was beyond my control that brings some amount shame. And it is because of what I went through I have a passion to reach the women who may or are facing the same thing. This video served to remind me that God truly uses our individual situations to give us passion for reaching others for him.

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down cvaughn15 (0)
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@ ANuessmeier:

I agree.  God does amazing things through individual situations.  It’s also great to see this when many people wonder how God could do these sorts of things to people.  God is pictured as a cruel bully who picks on certain people and blesses others.  It’s amazing to see someone allow HIV/AIDS (a result of sin and corruption in this world) to have no power over her.  She truly has taken on the death and resurrection of Christ knowing that he has defeated the grave.  Amazing amazing stuff.

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down mah6515 (0)
United States

Princess’ outlook on life blows my mind. Her tenacity despite her afflictions is incredible. The willingness that she has to praise God is something I pray that all believers have. I believe that we have a lot to learn from her story. Although I do not have HIV/AIDS, I can think of times in my life where I have received unwanted news and was angry with God; however, when Princess found out that she was HIV positive, she said she praised God. I don’t want to speak for everyone else, but I can’t think of to many people who would praise the Lord when they found out they had contracted HIV.   

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down rushing777 (0)
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That was powerful! I loved the story of Princess, how she actually celebrated when she got her diagnosis of HIV positive. She indeed celebrated in her infirmity. That blew me away. Her work on the field advocating for women with HIV touched me. And her prayer at the end? Awesome. I felt God’s Spirit so close as she prayed. It is amazing what these individuals are doing for those affected by HIV in countries where such little help is available.

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down cvaughn15 (0)
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@ rushing777:

The outlook on life that our brothers and sisters have in Africa despite all their circumstances continually blows me away.  I often forget to pray regularly for this, but I pray that all of us as believers can have such a positive outlook.  This comes from knowing that death has been defeated and God is putting the world right again through believes like this Princess.

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Veda_Ram (0)

I did wonder how Christo contracted the virus.. I am learning to be non judgemental. Help me Lord. Help me an advocate.

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down internationalharvester (0)

Let us be agents of God’s unconditional love and grace to people suffering from HIV indeed. Thank you for sharing such powerful stories!


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