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JIJUE Breaks New HIV Testing Frontiers at Ridgeways Baptist Church

Henry stood quietly as he listened to the cell group members planning for the coming Sunday service. Suddenly Sarah Vugigi said, "We need someone in the congregation to volunteer to be tested on the pulpit this coming Sunday". There was a long uncomfortable silence, then Henry said, "I will". The cell group members were both surprised and excited. Little did they know the battle that awaited him.

Henry shared his exciting decision to share the news with his wife Nancy to get an HIV test at the service. Her response was swift and immediate, "There is no way I will get tested with you! In fact, I will not even come to church with you. You can die by yourself". Taken aback, Henry explained that it was his personal decision and he would go along with it.

During the Sunday service, Mike Mutungi, from I Choose Life-Africa, gave a message entitled "The Dance of Death: The Impact of HIV and AIDS on the Family". He gave national data on HIV and called the church for action. A major thrust of his message was for the congregants to know their HIV status reinforced by the testimony of an HIV positive discordant couple. Before he could finish the message, church members were already queuing outside the tents that were providing HIV testing. Henry too made his way to the pulpit and was tested for HIV in full view of all the church members and immediately got a glow in the dark Jijue wrist band. His results were of course kept confidential

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What happened next was magnetic. While Henry was testing, Nancy had run to the church Kitchen to ensure that she was as far away as possible. But then suddenly she decided to come and check out Henry's result. As soon as he disclosed his status to his wife, she followed the Counselor to the tent and demanded she be tested as well. After receiving her results, she dashed out, gave Henry a long hug and there was uncontrollable jubilation by the couple. They immediately rededicated themselves to their marriage vows a second time!

On that Sunday alone, 202 individuals were tested at Ridgeways Baptist, of which 168 (83%) were males and 34 (17%) females. This was completely counter to the culture where only 26% of males know HIV status while women are 45%. The test kits ran out and many people were turned away. Many made vows to prevent themselves from HIV infection and live positive lives. They had taken charge of their lives and destiny. And in the midst of all this, the candle of hope advanced her shining light into the darkness and the wrist bands glowed into the night carrying a light all their own.





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Past Events


February 14, 2009

Egerton University JIJUE

I Choose Life - Africa Rift valley region is running their JIJUE week starting February 16 to 21 at Egerton University. There will be a special Valentines Moonlight Counseling and Testing drive on February 14. The JIJUE week will be spiced with exciting activities from the Egerton University culture week. Egerton JIJUE! For more info, Contact barasa@ichooselife.or.ke

February 20, 2009

Jars of Clay Concert
w/ DJ Mozz/Pete Odera and more! (Mavuno Dome Bellevue)

The 1 Million campaign will be officially launched at a colorful concert featuring Grammy Award winning Rock band - Jars of Clay. They will be accompanied by performances from Kenya's own great acts such as Eric Wainaina, Pete Odera, Kanjii, Atemi, DJ Mozz, M.O.G, A-Star, Jimmy Gait, Juliani, and others who believe in this noble cause.

Location:
Mavuno Dome Bellevue (6pm - 10pm)

Tickets:
Kshs 850/= in advance; 1000/= at the gate

February 22, 2009

Jars of Clay Concert
w/ DJ Mozz/Pete Odera and more! (KICC)

The 1 Million campaign will be officially launched at a colorful concert featuring Grammy Award winning Rock band - Jars of Clay. They will be accompanied by performances from Kenya's own great acts such as Eric Wainaina, Pete Odera, Kanjii, Atemi, DJ Mozz, M.O.G, A-Star, Jimmy Gait, Juliani, and others who believe in this noble cause.

Location:
KICC (2pm - 6pm)

Tickets:
Kshs 350/= in advance; 550/= at the gate

February 22, 2009

KU Testing Week
Kenyatta University

KU Testing Week - Kenyatta University will be holding their annual HIV testing drive. Jars of Clay will get a chance to interact with the peer educators from the university peer educators before the week starts.The peer educators are already running an essay competition, and have schedules exciting activities such as candle light walk, Mr & Miss status competition.

February 28, 2009

KU Mombasa Campus JIJUE


I Choose Life - Africa Coast region in partnership with Kenyatta University Students Association of Mombasa Campus will be organizing a drug and substance abuse awareness day themed around Mr. and Miss KU Mombasa Campus. ICL will be facilitating Counseling & testing drive and forge new partnerships with various stakeholders. For more info, Contact kombe@ichooselife.or.ke

March 2, 2009

Spring JIJUE VCT Drive
United States International University

United States International University peer educators are organizing a one of a kind testing week. Known for their ability to conduct things differently, the students run a stigma reduction campaign dubbed "I am HIV positive" last semester. We are watching out for an exceptionally exciting and creative JIJUE week from these folks.

March 14, 2009

Chrisc Bogard JIJUE 1 Million Tournament
Githogoro Grounds
9 am-6pm

 

March 16-21, 2009

Spring JIJUE Week
United States International University

 

 

 

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JIJUE Breaks New HIV Testing Frontiers at Ridgeways Baptist Church

Henry stood quietly as he listened to the cell group members planning for the coming Sunday service. Suddenly Sarah Vugigi said, "We need someone in the congregation to volunteer to be tested on the pulpit this coming Sunday". There was a long uncomfortable silence, then Henry said, "I will". The cell group members were both surprised and excited. Little did they know the battle that awaited him.

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