Check out the new hopeforlife.net website
By Tianna Haas | International
SIM’s Hope for Life ministry just launched a new website – hopeforlife.net – as it responds to those affected by HIV and related issues.
Hope for Life’s ministry point person Jacqui Croxon said: “Our [aim] is that the website will provide an ongoing, relevant and engaging voice which speaks to the hope-bringing, life-giving basis of our SIM and partner ministries engaged in the effort to respond to HIV and related issues.”
What is Hope for Life?
It is a ministry which responds to the impacts of HIV on communities in more than 14 countries through 40 current projects. The objective is to build and support local partnerships as they seek to counter the challenges in HIV-affected areas.
Through projects providing medical support, care, development, prevention and church training, SIM workers aim to confront this health crisis and share the good news of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
How did Hope for Life begin?
During the 1990s, SIM recognised the need to reach out to those affected by HIV. It was first called HOPE for AIDS.
The acronym “HOPE” laid out their ministry methods:
- Home-based care
- Orphan care
- Enabling communities
Three years ago, the ministry group changed its trajectory. Due to modern developments in treatment, progress in prevention and better availability of medical care, the ministry fixed their attention on “living well.”
With the shift, the project leaders decided to change the name to “Hope for Life.” Both the name and purpose are grounded in John 10:10b, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
According to UNAIDS' most recent data at the end of 2018, the overall number of AIDS-related deaths has decreased by over 55% since the worldwide record in 2004; but deep-seated devastation from HIV persists. Life-centred initiatives of the ministry include, among others, combatting poverty, mitigating trauma and eliminating trafficking.
What is available on the new website?
After nine to ten months of collaborating across time zones, the Hope for Life team has completed significant website updates. Visitors can expect to find a bold layout, a hub of information and an innovative community network on hopeforlife.net.
Hope for Life Network forum
The Hope for Life Network forum is one unique feature of the website. To continue finding solutions and gather knowledge on HIV-related issues, this forum allows supporters and workers to exchange ideas, suggestions and resources.
Visitors can create an account, collaborate with the larger group and share relevant material.
Hope for Life encourages involvement in three main ways: giving, praying and going. Give: Donors can easily find country-specific projects on the site’s “Give” page, as well as their home country’s SIM sending office. To submit financial gifts and further serve HIV-impacted areas,
- Prayer: SIM operates “by prayer,” and as such, Hope for Life asks supporters to lift up their projects and workers to the Lord.
- Go: To carry out the vision of Hope for Life on the field, people can use their skills to transform areas seriously threatened by HIV.
Check out Hope for Life’s website
As the ministry strives to help HIV-affected people and communities flourish, it is showing clear signs of growth through its website.
Please pray for Hope for Life
Pray the website:
• Passes on stories of God’s hand moving in the Hope for Life projects
• Inspires an active network through the forum that address HIV-related issues
• Motivates kingdom workers to serve in affected areas