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              What many would consider their worst nightmare has become a reality for Christopher Yuan. While attending dental school, he began living promiscuously as a homosexual and experimenting with illicit drugs. Within a few years, he was expelled from dental school, imprisoned for drug dealing and discovered that he was HIV positive.

              But God has turned his nightmare into an exciting and inspiring story of redemption, grace and transformation. Christopher has an understanding heart for and a desire to minister to those working through issues of sexuality and to those living with HIV/AIDS. He speaks locally and internationally to youth, on college campuses, in churches and in prisons.

              Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and is currently pursuing a doctorate of ministry at Bethel Seminary. He now teaches at Moody while continuing his speaking ministry which has reached four continents around the world. Christopher has spoken at both Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church in America and at many conferences including InterVarsity's Urbana and the Moody Pastors' Conference and Men's Conference. He is also featured in the award-winning documentary, "HOPE Positive: Surviving the Sentence of AIDS" and has co-authored with his mother, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God, A Broken Mother's Search for Hope (forthcoming May 3, 2011 by WaterBrook Multnomah a division of Random House).

Friday, May 04, 2007

Moody's Midday Connection

I had the privilege to be on Midday Connection today with Anita Lustrea.   Midday Connection's ministry focus this year is HIV/AIDS.   Anita first heard my testimony via CrossRoads' documentary called HOPE Positive which featured me and three other Christians living with HIV/AIDS from Russia, South Africa and Jamaica.   It was a blessing to tell Midday Connection's audience about God's work in my life and what it is like living with HIV.

We also spoke about the church's involvement in local AIDS ministries.   It seems that it is easier to get churches motivated about going overseas for AIDS ministry but we tend to turn a blind eye to AIDS right in our own backyard.   My hope is that we would become a bit more balanced by ministering both abroad and at home.

I was quite impressed by a church in Fresno called Cornerstone Church, that held the first church sponsored AIDS Walk last year to raise AIDS awareness and funds for local AIDS ministries.   I thought that this was a great example of loving our neighbor, literally!   There are people living in our very communities who have AIDS.   What are we doing to minister to them?   I would love to see the church in America mobilizing to care for those around us with HIV/AIDS.

I have a vision of doing an AIDS Walk in DuPage County, IL.   If you are interested in helping with this vision, please email me.   I'd love to hear from you if you have any other comments or questions.
Have a great day in the Lord!



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