Love Is a Verb

In Bob Goff’s book, Love Does, there is a quote that has always impacted me…

“Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those “we’ll go there next time” deferrals. The sad thing is, for many there is no “next time” because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude toward life rather than a single decision.” 
― Bob Goff

This past weekend the CARE for AIDS team was honored to be part of an event that exemplifies the “whimsy and kind of things that love does”. A friend of the team, Jared Faellaci, hosted a thank you event called the Starbucks Summer Barista Bash at the West Village Starbucks to honor the baristas who serve their community every day. The main goal of the event was to gather the community to celebrate the baristas at this particular store, but another goal was to raise funds for three charities- CARE for AIDS, World Orphans, and Clothe Your Neighbor as Yourself.

We were honored to be one of the benefiting charities, and the whole team was happy to experience the joy that the event brought to the baristas and the entire community.

We want to thank the team that organized the event (pictured below) and we want to send a huge thank you to Jared for inviting us to participate.

How can you show love this week through presence, whimsy, and doing the things that love does? 

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Welcome, Ryan!

As many of you know, the CARE for AIDS team recently hired on a new African Operations Director, Ryan Arnold. He will be moving to Kenya in September, and will host Impact Trips at the CARE for AIDS house, help train and support our now 60 Kenyan staff, and help the team with monitoring and evaluation. Ryan comes to us after two years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon.

We asked Ryan a few questions to get to know more about him:

1. Tell us briefly about the projects you worked on in Cameroon.

In Cameroon, I worked with a grassroots Youth Development NGO. Aside from day-to-day office work and capacity building with the management team, I worked with them to design and implement a program called Girl’s Forum. These “forums” targeted teen-moms who had dropped out of school. We brought them through a program that taught them health and nutrition practices for them and their babies as well as income generating activities, business and life skills (i.e. decision making). I also worked with the staff on project monitoring and evaluation as we followed up with the girls after the programs. Outside of this, I organized and oversaw two community-wide HIV testing campaigns during which I also volunteered as an HIV counselor. 

One other major project I funded and managed was the building of a water tap for a local Red Cross clinic. 

 2.What are you most excited about as you prepare to join the CARE for AIDS team in Kenya?

As I prepare to join the team in Kenya, I am excited about continuing to get to know the CARE for AIDS staff and to jump into the work being done in the Nairobi office. The more I interact with the staff and hear about the mission and strategy of CFA, the more the passion of the staff is transferred to me. I am particularly excited to do work that I love and feel skilled to do, and to do it in a gospel-centric environment. The combination of practical help and life-changing Truth is a powerful thing. I can’t wait to see how God uses me to further the mission of CARE for AIDS in Kenya.

3. Describe yourself in three adjectives.

 If I had to describe myself in three words they would be (in no particular order):

Compassionate

Loyal

A motivator

4.What do you like to do for fun outside of work?

Outside of work I love to read, play the guitar, and keep up my piano playing. I’m also a running and yoga enthusiast. I love people and will drop almost anything if given the option to play a board game or do an outdoor activity with people I like – and it’s hard for me not to like people.

5. How can we pray for you as you prepare for this transition?

I am in full-time ministry this summer and covet your prayers as I also spend the coming months in preparation for Kenya. I need the Lord’s grace as I give my best to my current ministry and also give due diligence to the process of support raising and personal preparation for my position with CARE for AIDS. 

Join us in welcoming Ryan to the team!

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Meet Cassie!

We are excited to introduce you to our newest staff member this morning! Cassie Gay joined the CARE for AIDS team at the beginning of August, and she has already been such an incredible asset. We are grateful to have her on board! 

My journey with CARE for AIDS began in 2012, when my husband, then boyfriend, introduced me to CARE for AIDS at the Gala. Through the stories shared by Duncan and Cornel, I witnessed how the holistic, body and soul, approach of CARE for AIDS literally rewrote the lives of HIV-positive Kenyans, spiritually and physically transforming families and entire communities. I learned what ministry could be when believers actively partner together in seeking to embody that Jesus came not just to save our souls but also to usher in a kingdom of righteousness, justice, and peace.

After graduating with a BA in Christian Studies, I worked in Missions at First Baptist Atlanta and later had the opportunity to work as the Program Director for a Christian Rescue Mission. Through these experiences, I have developed a passion for serving in a ministry with a vision of a redeemed community, freeing people from the effects of spiritual, emotional, and economic poverty.  For this reason, I am thankful to be joining the CARE for AIDS staff as Operations Coordinator.

God called His believers to “seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” (Isa. 1:17) Care for AIDS seeks to fulfill this calling. I am grateful for the opportunity to see how God continues to transform individuals, families, and communities through this organization’s willingness to faithfully fulfill Christ’s holistic ministry.

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