Every year, Citylife sends a team to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to partner with Ethiopia ACT (originally AIDS Care and Treatment). When the project was founded in 2002, ACT’s goal was to find and care for the sickest and poorest AIDS sufferers in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Today, ACT continues to reach the urban poor who suffer from HIV/AIDS and other diseases like cervical cancer and tuberculosis.
For one week in January, you can be a part of a team that works alongside with the indigenous staff in caring for the people of this city. The different aspects of the trip include:
If you are a medical professional, you will be able to see beneficiaries/patients each day and diagnose various health issues. The project does not regularly hold medical clinics, but only when medical teams are sent from the US. This is a tangible way to utilize your skills to care for those in need. Whether you are a medical resident, nurse practitioner, resident nurse, medical doctor, specialist, any medical professional is welcome to be a part of the team. The long-term missionaries have expressed that medical clinics have proven to be one of the most significant ways that their ministry is able to build credibility, trust, and relationships with the communities they are desiring to minister to.
The project serves over 450+ families and children and it is by individually visiting every beneficiary that the project is able to further thier holistic care. You will be able to visit beneficiaries in their homes and hear their life stories and the kinds of struggles and victories that have occurred in their life. There will usually be opportunities to share the gospel and share your own personal story. Many former team members have indicated that this is a significant highlight of the trip.
Since the ACT project prioritizes their care of families, they provide daily youth programs for the children of the beneficiaries. The after-school programs mainly consist of tutoring and homework help. There may be opportunities to provide youth counseling for at-risk youth in the program.
Community Bible Studies & Counseling
Every week, a small group Bible study is offered for anyone in the community to attend. Team members have the opportunity to lead these times by providing a lesson from the Bible or simply sharing their life story. Also, there may be opportunities to provide one-on-one counseling for beneficiaries who are struggling through a specific life issue.
Income Generating Activities
With the project serving the poorest of the poor, many of the beneficiaries are struggling to support themselves and their families. There has been a recent surge in helping beneficiaries with developing business skills so that they would eventually become self-sufficient. Team members with business skills/experience can work alongside of the staff in helping further the small business enterprises of the beneficiaries along with holding seminars to help beneficiaries with small business practices.
As is the case with any short-term missions trip, all participants are asked to be flexible and understanding to the direction and needs of the local missionaries/staff. Although the above areas of ministry are currently ongoing, there may be additional/different tasks that may be asked of team members during their stay.
Watch a video of the ACT Project!
Cost of trip: approx $2,000-2500 (airfare, lodging, food, ground transportation; subject to change)
2018 Trip: January 6 – 13
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive more information.
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