Bean Poles and Soccer Balls

A relative helps dig holes for bean poles at the home of a family living with HIV in Mae Dtaeng, Northern Thailand. The team from Radical Grace along with some boys from a local soccer team travelled to Mae Taeng outside of Chiang Mai to set up bean poles at the house of a family living with the effects of drug abuse and HIV. It was an opportunity to continue making the gospel real in the lives of people who have experienced true hopelessness and to talk about Christ and mentor young men. The HOPE for AIDS teamĀ uses creative HIV prevention strategies and models that actively promote care and destigmatization. They work to reduce the incidences of a symptom of broken relationships, namely, HIV and AIDS. By partnering with local agencies, they provide holistic training for faith leaders in the art of responding to the HIV phenomenon with the people living in Thailand. With an emphasis on community values, the team works to restore strong relationships in the self, family, community and country. Local workers visit neighbors regularly to provide home-based care. They meet with teens to play soccer and encourage mentorship and positive decision-making. When it comes to training local leaders, they are gathering mission communities, pastors (from Thailand and Burma), international schools and churches. Keep up to date with Radical Grace on their Facebook page.

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