Sara Ambadiang, a college student and a young United Methodist leader, is living positively in Cameroon thanks to support she receives through an UMCOR-supported HIV/AIDS program.
November 27, 2013—As a student at the University of Yaundé and a young leader in The United Methodist Church in Cameroon, Sara Ambadiang’s days were active and full—until she got sick.
Ambadiang, 32, began to lose weight very quickly and in less than two weeks was unrecognizable. A community health agent from the church urged her to get tested for HIV/AIDS. When the test came back positive, Ambadiang thought her life was over.
“She was very scared because she thought she was going to die…. She even quit school,” reported Nkemba Ndjungu, a church health officer.
But thanks to the church’s HIV/AIDS and Malaria outreach program, funded by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Ambadiang was able to get the care she needed. She is on lifesaving medication and preparing to return to her studies.
“Sara looks healthy now, and she will go back to school next year,” Ndjungu said. “She wants everyone to know what God has done for her, thanks to UMCOR.”
The UMCOR grant underwrites a program run by The United Methodist Church in Cameroon that seeks to reduce the incidence of HIV and AIDS through knowledge, voluntary testing, and medical assistance; and reduce the incidence of malaria through the distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets.
Through the program, 25 volunteer health teams have been equipped to advise and accompany people like Sara Ambadiang who suddenly find themselves in the throes of illness and despair. They are able to help them get the care they need so that they can continue to live full lives.
Some 500 people in five communities benefit from the program.
It is one way the church cares “not only for the soul but also for the body,” Ndjungu said. “True religion is the one that proclaims the Word of God by word and deed, because we cannot love Goat that we don’t see if we cannot show that love to the neighbor whom we see with our naked eyes.”
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