Southern California HIV/AIDS ministry seeks local chapter leaders

IRVINE, Calif. — He Intends Victory, an international ministry to those affected by HIV and AIDS, is launching a new branch-based project in an effort to expand assistance nationwide.

Dan Davis, director of the ministry, said the project will expand a network consisting of chapters and ministry associates. The idea is to provide resources closer to a patient's hometown. The ministry also provides support to families.

Ministry officials will review applications to select committed Christians who, as chapter leaders, can facilitate local support groups and provide community resources on HIV/AIDS services in their geographical territory. Clients will be referred to the chapter leaders from the ministry's headquarters in Irvine. Each of the chapter leaders will report to the ministry's board and to Davis.

In addition to the chapter leaders, He Intends Victory also uses ministry associates to assist with phone consultations for people facing the struggles of living with HIV/AIDS.

The ministry has 28 chapters and ministry associates in its national network.

The Orange County chapter of He Intends Victory has been continuously running an open support group for people infected/affected by HIV/AIDS since 1989.

Davis said that all chapter leaders and ministry associates must provide a pastoral reference, as well as two other references. Candidates must be actively involved in a Christian congregation. In addition, volunteers must have a true heart for people infected/affected with HIV/AIDS. These volunteers make it possible for He Intends Victory to encourage those living with HIV/AIDS closer to home.

Those working in the field, Davis said, have an opportunity to minister to "the least, the lost and the lonely."        

Such was the case of a man from the Northwest, who told He Intends Victory workers that he had tried to commit suicide twice before discovering the Southern California ministry. After working with the ministry officials over the phone, Davis said the man is now excited about living instead of focusing on dying.

"Before calling the He Intends Victory associate, he had been rejected by his church and had nowhere else to turn," Davis said. "He felt completely alone, lost and empty. His family had also rejected him. But because of his phone contact with the ministry associate, today he is living with renewed hope."

Another client, a Christian woman, struggled by herself for a decade before finding a support group offered by He Intends Victory.

"As a Christian living with HIV, she was thrilled to find other Christians living with HIV, and sharing hope instead of hopelessness," Davis said. "She loved the fact that the group shared meals, laughter and prayer, something that she had never found before."

For more information about becoming a chapter leader or ministry associate, call 1-800-HIV-HOPE or visit www.heintendsvictory.com.

Assist News Service contributed to this report.