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Verbum et Ecclesia

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VAN WYNGAARD, Arnau. Manifesting the grace of God to those with HIV or AIDS. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2014, vol.35, n.1, pp. 1-7. ISSN 1609-9982.

'The most terrible poverty is loneliness and feeling unloved' (Mother Teresa). Swaziland is in the unenviable position of having the highest HIV infection rate in the world, with an adult prevalence rate of 42%. This is a national crisis which, in the Swaziland context, has led to feelings of severe hopelessness and rejection and which needs to be addressed through a multidisciplinary approach. The church is in the unique position to demonstrate the love and grace of God in the midst of this pandemic. A small congregation of the Swaziland Reformed Church situated in the southern Shiselweni district of the country decided to take up this challenge. This article showed what the effects could be when the church becomes a vessel of love and grace within the community.

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