Church Clinic Sponsors AIDS Day Observance in Guinea
Bignamou, Guinea, December 9, 2008—More than 3,000 people in three communities took part in World AIDS Day observances sponsored by a United Methodist clinic in the West Africa country of Guinea.
Diecke United Methodist Clinic organized the events, including educational seminars, a parade and soccer matches, held on December 1 for the Diecke, Bignamou, and Bounouma areas. The clinic is part of the ministry of the Guinea District of The United Methodist Church of Liberia.
Community leaders, pastors, and government leaders took part in the observance, which used the World AIDS Day theme, "Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise." There were presentations on the history, causes, prevention of HIV/AIDS and how to treat persons suffering from the virus.
Teams composed of personnel of Diecke Clinic visited each of the three communities. Dr. Naim Loss Beimy, the physician in charge of Kiecke, was involved, along with the clinic's head nurse, personnel manager, and head midwife. The Rev. G. Bobson Bleh, the United Methodist supervising pastor in the region, visited two of the sites.
The day concluded with football matches between female teams and male teams in the three communities.
The areas served by Diecke Clinic are in a border region joining Liberia. Many Liberian refugees arrived during civil war more than a decade ago, bringing The United Methodist Church with them. While most of the refugees and have home, the church remains, today almost totally made up of indigenous persons.
Diecke Clinic is affiliated with the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. Earlier this year, the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference contributed $69,000 to the clinic through The Advance, the designated mission giving channel of The United Methodist Church. A new facility is likely to be built in the near future.
The work of The United Methodist Church in Guinea can be supported through the Advance for Christ and His Church, project # 3020628. Gifts can be made in several ways: by credit card online at www.givetomission.org or telephone at (888) 252-6174. Checks may be sent directly to Advance GCFA, P.O. Box 9068, GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068, or placed in the offering plate of any United Methodist Church. Be sure to include the Advance number in the memo line of the check. Every dollar given through the Advance goes to the ministry designated.