Côte d’Ivoire — The life of a believer in this Western African nation was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with HIV.

“It was hard to accept the verdict, but the reality is that, after the mourning of the news, I had to make a decision: accept my new situation and continue to live or deny it and die,” he wrote to TWR.

God has taught him that living with HIV is not the end of life. He’s begun to see how he can be useful by getting involved in the fight against the epidemic.

“I want to thank you because of your program and your kind assistance,” he said of TWR’s ministry. “You and your staff helped me to face and defend a new vision of my life, a vision full of hope in Jesus and eternal life.”

The man is now working in the counseling department of Lumière Action, an NGO for people living with HIV/AIDS.

He is particularly grateful for TWR’s campaign to educate the public about the facts associated with HIV and AIDS.

“I want you to know how much I am proud of Trans World Radio and your campaign against discrimination, stigmatization and the rejection of people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS,” he wrote. “Your work is courageous and very encouraging. May God bless you for your partnership in our fight.”

Facts about Côte d’Ivoire*:

  • Despite the fact that many missionaries were expelled during the conflicts of 2002-2007, the government is still fairly open to mission activity and development.
  • The evangelical Church continues to grow, with more than 3,000 congregations estimated in the capital alone.
  • Alert Ebola, a program aimed at helping to educate people during the recent outbreak of the deadly disease, was created and produced by TWR’s national partner in Côte d’Ivoire.

* Some of the information cited here comes from Operation World, 7th edition.