SNU team studies HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2006
Contact: Eunice Trent
Phone: 405.491.6600
Fax: 405.491.6381
E-mail: etrent@snu.edu

This summer Southern Nazarene University (SNU) sent a team of 18 students and leaders to sub-Saharan Africa to study the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The team made up of sixteen students and two staff visited Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia for sixteen days in May.

SNU joined with Nazarene compassionate Ministries (NCM) to plan the trip. The team toured AIDS hospices, schools, micro-finance projects, housing for AIDS orphans, and after-school programs for AIDS orphans and at-risk children. The primary goal of the trip was to put faces and names on the epidemic and examine the response of the Church to the disease.

The team members were diverse. They included nursing, business, ministry, pre-med, music, and education majors. The leaders, Kendra Thomson and Jason Hubbert, represented SNU Student Development and Spiritual Development, respectively.

Upon returning the team planned to become active in HIV/AIDS awareness, education, and fundraising at SNU and in the Oklahoma City community. Many of these students plan on partnering with the SNU Acting On Aids chapter (a college organization partnered with World Vision) already active on campus.

While there are no set plans, SNU Student and Spiritual Development are examining further partnerships with NCM as well as Heart-to-Heart International to continue educating students on the implications of HIV/AIDS to the world.

For further information, contact Jason Hubbert, Associate in Spiritual Development, at 405.717.6216. For information on Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, visit www.ncm.org.