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When God Stood Up: A Christian Response to AIDS in Africa
John Wiley & Sons / 2007 / Paperback
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The victims of the AIDS pandemic in Africa are far more numerous than the dead and dying. Millions of orphans and widows are trying to survive in extreme poverty and social oppression. James Cantelon, a Canadian pastor, has challenged churches in Africa---and in Canada and the United States---to unite in a common cause to bring relief to suffering of intolerable magnitude.
When God Stood Up is the story of a remarkable journey that affirms God's presence in the most ravaged places on Earth. Millions of our fellow human beings are depending on us to be "God's hand extended." Read about their stories and be humbled.
THE VICTIMS OF THE AIDS PANDEMIC IN AFRICA ARE FAR MORE NUMEROUS THAN THE DEAD AND DYING. MILLIONS OF ORPHANS AND WIDOWS ARE TRYING TO SURVIVE IN EXTREME POVERTY AND SOCIAL OPRESSION. JAMES CANTELON, A CANADIAN PASTOR, HAS CHALLENGED CHURCHES IN AFRICA-AND IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES-TO UNITE IN A COMMON CAUSE TO BRING RELIEF TO SUFFERING OF INTOLERABLE MAGNITUDE.
When God Stood Up is the story of a remarkable journey that affirms God's presence in the most ravaged places on Earth. Millions of our fellow human beings are depending on just to be "God's hand extended." Read about their stories and be humbled.
"The book puts HIV/AIDS into terrifying perspective. Jim and Kathy Cantelon are the face of God's love to so many who are so desperate."
--Deborah Grey, MP (ret'd).
"As Jim narrates his accelerated response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, it reminds one of the image G.K. Chesterton captured of St. Francis: always running.' Within a matter of weeks, the author catapults out of Vancouver to the Durban colloquium, to hospitals and church events across the sub-Sahara-you sometimes look for a page to catch your breath!
Come to think of it, with the awesome destruction of human life described here, what could be mode appropriate? When God Stood Up carries a sense of that which it issues a call for: breathless haste."
--John & Ruth Kerr, Trans-Africa Theological College, Kitwe, Zambia
"Posturing God as standing up sends readers a signal: beware. Coddled for years by an image of a benign and permissive deity, Cantelon gives a yank on our leash of grace. Human tragedy, he reminds us, isn't just unfortunate-it's the stuff of life that strikes at the very heart of faith, a fait he asserts that should neither be smug nor comfortable. This God of justice makes it clear that those who call themselves by his name are to do no less than embrace justice."
--Brian Stiller, President, Tyndale University & Seminary, Toronto
"This is more than the story of the calling of a man to a god-sized mission. It is an informative, unfolding drama of perhaps the most critical issue of our time-AIDS in Africa. As Jim has cast and recast his vision, people all over the world have been caught and reeled in to unexpected roles, in response to the pandemic. My husband and I are in that number. Be warned as you read, you too may be stirred to action!"
--Moira Brown, Co-host, 100 Huntley Street, CTS-TV
James Cantelon (Toronto, ON) is the founder and President of Visionledd, a charity currently working in southern Africa. Visionledd is working in five southern Africa countries and is about to begin work in Bulgaria as well. James Cantelon is a world leader in the mobilization of churches as a delivery mechanism for pro-active HIV/AIDS work among orphans and widows.
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