Monday, November 24, 2014

More than 35 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, and the vast majority of those infected live in low- and middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization.

Since 2007, Upper Room Ministries has published Prayers for Encouragement: Hope for Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Other Serious Diseases.

This “little red book” has been translated into Afrikaans, Arabic, Chichewa, English, French, German, Ilokano, Kiswahili, Korean, Myanmar, Portuguese, Sesotho, Setswana, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Xhosa, Zulu –– and now Hindi.

Launched Nov. 6 in Jabalpur, India, the Hindi edition of Prayers for Encouragement is the newest translation available.

“We hope and pray that this pocket prayers will be a great source of healing and wholeness for the people of the Hindi belt,” the Rev. Dr. Naveen Rao said.

He and his wife, Esther, prepared the translation and edited the Hindi edition for publication.

Prayers for Encouragement is now available in two languages in India –– Hindi and Tamil, which was launched in 2011.

“This Hindi edition of Prayers for Encouragement is going to be a very significant resource material for a very large Indian population,” Rao said.

Hindi is the largest sect among the varied and vast multi-lingual Indian population.

Copies of the Hindi edition of Prayers for Encouragement will be distributed to medical institutions, non-governmental organizations working in healthcare and counseling, especially with persons with HIV/AIDS, and to churches and local pastors in North India.

Over 2 million people in India are living with HIV/AIDS, according to the National AIDS Control Organisation.

“We will be reaching out to not only Methodist churches, but to the Churches of North India, known for its union of several churches from Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, Wesleyan and several free-church traditions,” Rao said.


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