Edmonton Journal (11.26.11) - Wednesday, November 30, 2011
As part of a North American tour, activist Nema Aluku will be
guest speaker at the "Micah Challenge Embraces AIDS" event
Dec. 3 in Edmonton. Aluku, HIV/AIDS response coordinator for
the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), the
relief and development arm of the Christian Reformed Church,
is calling on Canadian and US congregations to help win the
battle against AIDS.
"If you look at the western world, not many congregations have
an HIV/AIDS day to talk about HIV and AIDS in their
community," said Aluku.
Liz John-West, board chair of Micah Challenge Canada and head
of the Edmonton chapter, said the Saturday session is designed
to raise awareness of AIDS and "what we as Canadians can do
regarding this issue. We want to create another space, another
venue, for the Christian sector of our society to know more
The event, tied to World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), is "a great way to
really encourage churches to embrace AIDS," said Hannah DeJong
of the Micah Center, a faith-based social action group
affiliated with Micah Challenge at King's University College.
Aluku said CRWRC conducts tours of Africa to show Christians
first-hand the impact of AIDS. "We invite people from North
America to come and engage with some of these people," she
said. "Then you can see for yourself [what the situation is
Micah Challenge Embraces AIDS begins at 7 p.m. at Calvary
Baptist Church, 7215 97th St. Admission is free.