2002-10-12 / Front Page

'Battalion' Engages In War Against HIV/AIDS

By Gary G. Toms
Battalion Engages In War Against HIV/AIDS By Gary G. Toms

'Battalion' Engages In
War Against HIV/AIDS
By Gary G. Toms


Pastors Enrique Vega (left), Donald Ventura and Leslie Oliver (from the Battalion Assembly Church) will be taking part in the HIV/AIDS walk. The three will also travel with a contingent of religious figures to South Africa in November 2003 to call attention to the AIDS crisis in Africa.Pastors Enrique Vega (left), Donald Ventura and Leslie Oliver (from the Battalion Assembly Church) will be taking part in the HIV/AIDS walk. The three will also travel with a contingent of religious figures to South Africa in November 2003 to call attention to the AIDS crisis in Africa.

On Saturday, October 26, members of The Battalion Pentecostal Assembly, located at 454 Beach 67 Street, will take part in a walk to raise funds from and awareness regarding the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. The church is one of 14 that are affiliated with God's Battalion of Prayer Ministries in Brooklyn, which is sponsoring the event.

The walk will start from the corner of 661 Linden Boulevard, corner of Schenectady Avenue, (the headquarters for the ministry) at 9 a.m. It will culminate in Prospect Park, in Brooklyn, at approximately 12 p.m.

Prior to the walk, the Premier Isabella Winkie Direko, from the Free State of South Africa, will address participants on the health issues facing South Africans. The walk is the first in a series of events that will culminate in November, 2003, when God's Battalion of Prayer Ministries, and other partnering churches, will travel to South Africa. Once there, they will host a three-week HIV/AIDS initiative in the cities of Capetown and Johannesburg.

"With a mission to save lives of the next generation and make life easier for those infected with the disease, we seek support to raise necessary funds for this project," said Sister Linette Cockfield, Secretary for the Battalion Pentecostal Assembly.

"While in South Africa, our team of 50 medical personnel from the United States, along with medical personnel from South Africa, will host health clinics, information seminars and workshops. About 50 clergy and lay people will work alongside South African clergy and residents to host evangelistic outreaches, which will include supplying food, clothing and toys for the children affected with the disease," stated Cockfield.

The ministry secretary also noted that participants would be forming a 250-member choir (125 Americans and 125 South Africans) to stage free concerts in three South African states. The songs from the concerts will be featured on a CD, which will later be released for sale worldwide. Proceeds from the release will go toward building a shelter and providing medical care for pregnant South African women infected with the disease who need a safe haven.

For more information about the HIV/AIDS walk, and the crusade to address the AIDS pandemic in South Africa, you can send emails to sisterlinette@aol.com, or you can visit

www.bparock.org.


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