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Even though great progress has been made addressing the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and in treating those who have been infected with it, thousands are still being infected each year and people are still dying from it. To bring us up to date on this disease and issues related to it, such as Hepatitis C and Opioid addiction, and to learn how we, as Christians, can join with those who have or are effected in some way by the disease to do ministry, I have turned to Wayne Smith. Wayne is the founder of Samaritan Ministry, which is a ministry out of Central Baptist Bearden in Knoxville, TN.
You can learn more about Wayne and Samaritan Ministry at the excellent resource: samaritancentral.org.
Other important resources Wayne mentions in the interview are:
Burden of a Secret: The Story of Truth and Mercy in the Face of AIDS by Jimmy Allen
Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence: Christian Churches and the Global AIDS Crisis by Donald E. Messer
This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians by Jim Dant
Changing Our Mind: Definitive 3rd of the Landmark Call for Inclusion of LGBTQ Christians with Response to Critics by David P. Gushee
The music for this episode is from a clip of a song called ‘Father Let Your Kingdom Come’ which is found on The Porter’s Gate Worship Project Work Songs album and is used by permission by The Porter’s Gate Worship Project. You can learn more about the album and the Worship Project at theportersgate.com.