Living with HIV

As we try to support each other here in the UK, we are very aware that there are millions of others living and struggling with HIV and Aids throughout the world.

Whether you are recently diagnosed or have been living this illness for a long time you have arrived at our webpages. If you have specific questions please get in touch with us. We are willing to listen and help if we are able to do so.

As a community of faith and hope we find strength in listening to each other and been present to others.

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor 12: 4-12, 27)

Can God cure me?
As Christians we believe that God can cure anyone. We place ourselves in the hands of God. We believe that God can heal us. However, our God is a God of surprises. God’s ways are not our ways and the healing we receive is not always the healing we expect. We experience healing through prayer, and companionship, and love, and medicine. These ways are provide for us by a generous God.  God knows better than we do those areas of our life where we need to experience a healing touch. We pray for God’s healing in our lives, so that we are strengthened and sustained as people living with HIV

Are you feeling afraid?
We pray for you, and wish to express our solidarity and love in Jesus’ name. We pray that God will strengthen you and heal you, and bring you peace. We encourage you to remember that Jesus is with you, and know always that God who is our Father and Mother loves you beyond measure. May the Holy Spirit comfort and guide you especially in those times when God seems distant. We ask you also to pray for us

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11: 29-30)

Is God punishing me?
HIV and Aids are not punishments from God. Yet often we ask this question. It is understandable that sometimes we think we are being punished. Illness, poverty, discrimination and stigma are the companions of HIV and Aids. What have I done to deserve this, we ask. We judge ourselves and others, and we let stigma and rejection pierce our hearts and make us fearful. This is to make the mistake of thinking that God is just like us. This is to doubt God, and to misunderstand God.  God does not blame us for our sufferings. God loves each one of us completely as we are. God does not want you to suffer. Thank God for everything, even through your tears. God will turn your suffering into joy. Ask  God to heal and strengthen us. Who amongst you, if your child asks for bread, would give them a stone? (Matt: 7-9).

This is what God wants
God gently invites us to witness to the glory of God through our lives on the margins of the church and of society. Jesus is with you. Gold holds you gently by the hand.

“This is what the Lord says - Seek me and live” (Amos 5:4) 

"With what gift shall I come into the Lord’s presence and bow down before God on high? Shall I come with burnt offerings, with calves one year old? Will he be pleased with rams by the thousand, with libations of oil in torrents? Must I give my first-born for what I have done wrong, the fruit of my body for my own sin? What is good has been explained to you; this is what the Lord asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God.”
(Micah 6:6-8)