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Faith-based stories: proving the value of mission travel

AIDS has left children without the care and the important support they need to grow, develop and thrive. Many compassionate people, including faith-based missionaries, are trying to eradicate this disease and rid the world of its effects.

Stopping AIDS by Mission Travel

The world is embarking on a fast-track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, according to the UN. Faith-based mission travel is an asset for reaching this visionary goal, after three decades of the most severe epidemic in living memory. India announced a huge milestone just a month ago that they had reached a total number of 1 million people on HIV treatment! A great achievement. We must make sure this incredible progress continues. Many countries, NGOs, volunteers and faith-based organizations are trying to end HIV before 2030.

World Vision International is one of such organizations. It’s an Evangelical Christian organization focused on giving humanitarian aid, stimulate development and advocate for a better life for vulnerable people. It was founded in 1950 by Robert Pierce, and it has been meeting the needs of those who need it most every single day since then. One of their primary goals is making sure no young woman is left behind in the efforts to end the HIV epidemic by 2030by reducing HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.

Many teenage girls and young women lack a full range of opportunities and are too often devalued in sub-Saharan countries, mainly because of gender bias that causes them to be seen as unworthy of investment or protection. World Vision wants to empower these vulnerable young women to be determined, resilient, mentored, safe and AIDS-free by prioritizing and aligning with programs such as PEPFAR’s DREAMS Partnership. An ambitious $385 million partnership with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Effect, Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, and ViiV Healthcare. DREAMS is a project with the massive potential to make a change. They strive to ensure an AIDS-free future for adolescent girls and young women.

Our daily work extends to church groups, mission travel, and clergy. It is due to our close relationships with airlines that we have access to the most flexible itineraries– including discounted missionary airfares, with generous terms and flexible conditions for long missions. Where deemed necessary, we can delay ticketing while funds are raised. Contact us at any of our offices for additional information.