Friday, July 10, 2015

Guest Blog: Call For Submissions-A Pastors Prayer for People Living with HIV/AIDS by Khafre Abif

"The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories into each others memory. As a collective community bisexuals must tell, speak our truth in order to mark this time in history.”


 Call for submissions by Khafre Abif
Alafia (Peace) Faith Leader,

This is a call for Prayer. Please make a commitment in your heart today to submit to this call. Show your commitment by returning an email to say, “I will.”

I am Khafre K. Abif, AIDS Activist and I have been thriving with HIV for 26 years. I have an anthology, Cornbread, Fishand Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmations for PeopleLiving with HIV/AIDS which was released in early September 2013. 

God is not through with me yet. To that end I am now working on a second anthology.

Call For Submissions: A Pastors Prayer for People Living with HIV/AIDS. A Pastors Prayer for People Living with HIV/AIDS a collection of prayers, for the people living with HIV/AIDS. This project seeks inspirational prayers that opens the heart, supports the soul and uplifts the spirit of people living with HIV/AIDS.

I believe that there is healing in prayer. I know that words have power. I needed to provide this collection of words that will combat the words that are so often hear spoken to someone with HIV. This is my effort to help combat HIV-related stigma. AIDS-related stigma and discrimination refers to prejudice, negative attitudes, abuse and maltreatment directed at people living with HIV and AIDS. The consequences of stigma and discrimination are wide-ranging: being shunned by family, peers and the wider community, poor treatment in healthcare and education settings, an erosion of rights, psychological damage, and a negative effect on the success of HIV testing and treatment. The idea for the anthology grew out of my work as an HIV Test Counselor. Each time I had to share with someone that they tested positive for HIV one of the first issues for them was disclosure.

As you are reading this it is quite possible that you know someone living with HIV/AIDS. If you do then they have shared their status with you. Let us consider all of those who still haven’t disclosed to their mother, father, sister/brother or even their faith community. What place to they go to as a source of support and inspiration?

Editor: Khafre K. Abif Submit to: Please include bio on separate document Deadline: Submissions will be accepted through August 15, 2015 Goal: 730 prayers, 365 for the morning and 365 for the evening Guidelines: Submissions from faith leaders Intercessory Prayer for the morning and/or prayer for the evening There are no themes, no restrictions. Send two of your best work. On a separate sheet, include Name, Email, Phone Number, and Title(s). Place prayer(s) on separate sheets. Please include identifying information.

Thank you,
Khafre Abif