Two Bible Societies are taking two different approaches to running the Good Samaritan programme, Bible Society’s specially developed Bible-based response to the scourge of HIV/AIDS in Africa, in their country.
In Malawi, the Take Charge youth section of the programme is proving to be particularly popular. Bible Society is confident that many young people now know that abstention is the best option when it comes to preventing the spread of this terrible disease.
But many adults too are finding the programme to be of benefit. Often, it is only after attending a Good Samaritan workshop that people acknowledge that they need to be tested for the disease.
In Mozambique, Bible Society is finding that many people are not taking their antiretroviral medicines due to lack of food. Therefore, it has put together survival kits, enough to supply 150 people with food every two months.
One recipient, Zita Matola, who received a kit, described it as a ‘great blessing’ saying that now she would be able to follow the Good Samaritan booklet and take her medicines.
Bible Society New Zealand supporters recently gave gifts to support the Good Samaritan Programme in African countries.
Read more about the Good Samaritan Programme.
This article is from The Word at Work – Summer 2011.
As a little girl, Mrs Bala wanted to learn to read and write, but owing to her family’s poverty she was unable to. Now, at the age of 75 she has been attending Bible Society literacy classes at the Chourkhuli Church of Bangladesh in Kotalipara in southwestern Bangladesh.