Saturday, March 20, 2010

God's Eyes...

Guest blog and photography by Mark Miller: VP of Training and Development for Chick-fil-A, co-author of bestselling book The Secret, and chairman of the CARE for AIDS Board of Directors.

Years ago, I had the opportunity to shoot for an international missions group. When I asked about the specifics of the assignment, I was told that their staff would pray for me daily that I would “See with God’s eyes.” Their assumption, if I saw as God sees, I’d shoot what I needed to shoot. That has been my prayer ever since. I want to “See with God’s eyes” every day of my life.

With that prayer in my heart, I think I caught a glimpse of God’s vision for Kenya this week. Although I’ve been to Africa many times I saw it with fresh eyes this week. I saw the needs of people, the power of God’s love, and the impact that CARE for AIDS is making in Jesus’ name like never before. From the celebration of graduating clients, to the visits in the homes of clients, to the CFA Staff meeting, God’s hand was evident.

It was inspiring to hear the testimonies of clients at the Banana Hill Center at the end of their 9 month encounter with the love, encouragement, challenge and support from the CFA staff. These men and women live with a renewed hope and vitality that is nothing short of miraculous.

In the home visits, we were given the privilege to hear individual stories of tragedy and triumph. One family told us of the violence and civil unrest of 2008 that brought them to the region. They shared their fears of returning to their previous home and the critical support CARE for AIDS has provided in this time of uncertainty.

At the staff meeting this morning all the CARE for AIDS staff assembled for their staff meeting – God was in their midst! They worshipped, shared, learned and prayed about how to make each center more effective. I specifically enjoyed the remarks form Duncan Kimani, the CFA Kenya Director.

He reminded the staff of three things…

The OPPORTUNITY God has given them as a staff;

The RESPONSIBILITY they have to make the most of that opportunity;

The ACCOUNTABILITY they all share – not accountability to CARE for AIDES, or their local church, but the accountability to God for what’s been entrusted to them.

As I write this post, I think that’s a great reminder for me, and all of us in the States. To whom much is given, much is required. I’m recommitting to do what I can. That’s my prayer for each of you. Let’s not miss the Opportunity, the Responsibility nor the ultimate Accountability for all that’s been entrusted to us.

Please continue to pray for Kenya, CARE for AIDS and that we’ll all see the world with God’s eyes.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Off to a great start...

Guest Blog by Dwanna Bunch
Photography by Bob Miller

Two days of traveling and only two days into our trip, there are not enough words to express the blessings that have been flowing on this Vision Team here in Limuru, Kenya.

Saturday morning we traveled to Banana Hill to celebrate with the first group of CFA clients that were completing the 9 month program at that center. It was a wonderful day with the sun shining, over 100 children playing and another 100 HIV-positive adults sharing their stories, smiles, and successes! The ladies prepared an amazing meal and our plates were overflowing - we all slept very well that night.

Sunday was spent in fellowship at Kamirithu Assembly of God. Americans could learn so much from Kenyans on worshiping our God - there is no one on a time schedule, no one looking at their watches, and no one in a hurry to be somewhere. The verse hanging in their church; John 4:24, "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

It is Monday morning and we are beginning our day by visiting Imani Shade, the first CARE for AIDS center. I am so excited to see what God has in his plan for us today, tomorrow, and the rest of the week.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Photography and Guest Blog by Bob Miller (

There are certain tasks in any profession that make you think long and hard about the nature of what you do. As a photographer, walking among strangers and peering into their lives for a few short moments may be among the most challenging. So when I was asked to join CARE for AIDS for one week to document the lives of people living with AIDS in Kenya, I knew a familiar helplessness would set in. It's a good helplessness though - one that is based on a knowledge of photography's shortcomings, and the fact that photographs are ultimately only glimpses into a person's full story.

I joined Justin and the CARE for AIDS staff Sunday of this week, and the last four days have been full of photographing, interviewing, and generally documenting the lives of the Kenyans who have participated in the CARE for AIDS program. Some of the individuals I've documented have endured great suffering. Some have even been bedridden on the edge of death. Yet somehow they have reclaimed life on Earth and hope for life eternal with God, and from a bedridden, emaciated state, these people have found hope not only to continue living, but to start businesses, build their families, and fight the stigma associated with their disease.

In situations like these it's important to remember we cannot truly know the life of another unless we make it our own. We will never fully know what it's like to fight the stigma associated with AIDS or build a business in an environment of destitute poverty until we ourselves have faced the same challenges. My hope is that these images might bring us a little closer to their reality and that by peering into the lives of others we might get a sense of what it's like to live in their shoes.

These few images will give a sense of the stories we've been witnessing here in Kenya. To see and hear their complete stories, keep an eye out on the CARE for AIDS website in the coming months (

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Defining Moment!

Much has happened the last few days that I wish to share with you, but I will try to spread it out over the next few posts. Being without internet in Western Kenya has set me back a few days. However, there is one specific encounter that I want to share which has been the defining moment of my trip thus far.

On Saturday, before leaving for Kisumu, Cornel, Steve, and I were waiting in Limuru for Duncan to handle some business at the bank. A lady approached us in the parking lot with a huge smile on her face. I realized immediately that she must have been a former client of CARE for AIDS, but I couldn't place her face. She extended her hand, and I offered my usual rudimentary Kenyan greeting. After exchanging a few words in Swahili with Cornel and Steve, she went on her way. After she had gone, Cornel told me that, in fact, she was the bedridden woman from our last video named Sarah. I could not believe it! Nearly two years ago, Sarah could barely sit up in her bed, much less walk. I saw a completely different woman in Limuru, a confident, healthy and happy woman. Cornel translated the brief conversation for me. She said, "I will never forget what you guys did for me. You changed my life. There was a time that I couldn't walk, but now that I can, I walk as much as I can."

This encounter reaffirmed for me that lives are being changed. People are receiving physical and spiritual healing. As CARE for AIDS ages as an organization, it is encouraging to see how our earlier clients have sustained their health and well-being over time. Seeing Sarah has given me a renewed sense of purpose and passion for CARE for AIDS, and I am as excited as ever to get home and tell others how they can be a part of this incredible life-transforming vision.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Beauty of Kenya!

Since being in Kenya for the last 24 hours, I have been reminded of the many reasons why I love this country. Here are a few highlights from day one:

1. Bargaining my way out of a $150 customs fee. I guess the guy really didn't want my CARE for AIDS shirts after all.

2. Waking up to sunshine and 75 degrees.

3. Eating a terrific lunch of beef stew and rice at the nicest restaurant in Limuru for only $3.

4. And the best part, spending all day with three guys who share my same passion for the vision and mission of CARE for AIDS.

All that to say, my first day in Kenya has been great. Our leadership team spent much of today talking about the future of the ministry and what CARE for AIDS will look like with 20 centers, 50 centers, 100 centers... I believe that if we are not totally dependent on God for success, then we are not dreaming big enough. That was definitely not the case today.

However, it does beg the question, "What areas of our lives is God calling us to relinquish control and depend completely on Him?"

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Are you in on it?

In the Message translation of I Corinthians 9:22-23, Paul says, “I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all of this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!”

At no other time in my life have I felt more “in on it.” God has given me a holy discontent to help people in the United States get in on it. “It” being sharing the love of Christ with those infected with HIV. I don’t want my friends and neighbors to simply talk about the Gospel or the devastation of the AIDS crisis; I want to see them get in on it.

I am excited to introduce a new series of blog posts that will span the next three weeks. As you are reading this, I am most likely already on my way to Nairobi, Kenya where I will be spending the better part of the next month. More than anything else, I am anxious to see our leadership team there and encourage them in any way I can as they continue to execute this incredible vision. In addition to that, I will be visiting our newest center in Western Kenya, helping direct some new media pieces with a very talented artist named Bob Miller (no relation), and sharing the vision of CARE for AIDS with a team of 8 individuals from the States. It is shaping up to be an amazing trip!

I tell you all this because I want all of you to be a part of this experience. Through my writing and posts by my fellow vision trip participants, I want to bring Kenya to you. I’m not implying that it is an adequate substitute for the real thing, but I hope it will help you see CARE for AIDS in a different light. I hope it will help you identify with our clients in new ways. I hope you will be moved to “get in on it.”

As you read about the experiences of our team, please be praying for our continued safety and effectiveness as we try to minister to the people of Kenya living with HIV/AIDS.

Meanwhile, I encourage you to ask yourself, “Am I in on it?” You don’t have to be in Kenya or in any other part of the world for that matter, but right where you are, “Are you in on it?”

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Update on Ultimate Gift Campaign

Dear friends,
I would like to thank you for responding to our request for year-end donations. Thanks to your generosity, God has tremendously blessed this campaign. We still have a long way to go, but as of now, we have received enough support to give care to 33 individuals and their families next year. Those are 33 families that will be radically changed thanks to your selfless acts of giving. That is an amazing feat in itself, but we believe God will continue to provide until we reach 75.
Client Family


$200 TOTAL for one family to receive life-saving and life-transforming care like Mike and his family (pictured right).


$20 PER MONTH to support a family on an ongoing basis throughout next year.

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Click the link below to donate.

Keep up the good work! Only 8 days left until the end of 2009...

Merry Christmas!