Students, faculty HIV/AIDS is focus of Chapel service
Student Life - posted on 9/21/2006
Creating awareness of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic was the goal of a worship service at Lakeland College's Ley Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
Lakeland students and faculty were joined by a group of women from the Sheboygan County AIDS Task Force for a service organized by Lakeland's new chaplain, Kelly Stone.
"I thought it was a great way to create awareness and make chapel more engaging for students by getting them involved," said Stone, who invited a group of Malawi students to begin the service by singing "Mbuye Wanga Ndikalingiriratu" ("How Great Thou Art"), in their native tongue, Chichewa.
Stone explained that while she was preparing for the service earlier that day, she opened the chapel's bible to review the service's scripture reading (Isaiah 51:12-16) and found the page missing.
"It reminded me that sometimes we have to look a little bit harder for God," said Stone. "I will be the first one to admit, it is hard to see his plan when AIDS brings suffering to so many."
Stone told the worshippers gathered that "the world's problems are our problems," and she called on members of the Lakeland and greater Sheboygan community to come together and provide support to those struggling with the disease by wearing the international symbol for AIDS - a red ribbon. Stone passed around red ribbons in offering baskets to all those attending the service and asked them to pin them on one another.
"Wearing a red ribbon is one of the first steps in the fight against HIV/AIDs," Stone said.
After the service, several Lakeland students and faculty took another step against HIV/AIDS by signing up with the Sheboygan County AIDS Task Force for the annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin, set for Saturday, Sept. 30, in Milwaukee.
For more information on AIDS Walk Wisconsin, visit their website at www.aidswalkwis.org
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