The church was selected among nearly 100 entries, and will receive $120,000. This is double the original award of $60,000, which was matched in value by generous World Vision donors.
The goal of the Courageous Leadership Award is not only to honor those churches already fighting HIV and AIDS, but also to be a catalyst, encouraging other churches to follow suit.
The finalists and winner were selected based upon how they have strategically, intentionally, and creatively leveraged their God-given vision, gifts, and resources to help address the AIDS crisis.
"AIDS is not just another problem on the world's to-do list," said Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S. "This crisis calls for the Church to rise to the occasion and demonstrate God's immeasurable love and compassion — as Fish Hoek has demonstrated."
In addition to the winner, there were two runners-up, and 12 churches receiving honorable mentions. The two runners-up — West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, and Rockland Community Church in Golden, Colo. — will each receive $40,000. This amount was also doubled after being matched in value by generous donor contributions.
Known as "the church that cares," Fish Hoek Baptist Church is a 315-member, predominantly white congregation helping people affected by AIDS in a community where one in five people is HIV-positive. The church demonstrates an uncompromising commitment to caring for all affected by AIDS; it continually "fights increasing HIV [and] AIDS compassion fatigue, or worse, indifference," said Fish Hoek Senior Pastor John Thomas.
"This church [Fish Hoek] is making its mark, applying resources at its disposal to the needs of the hurting, the diseased, and the poor," said Bill Hybels, senior pastor at Willow Creek Community Church. "The award inspires leaders by honoring churches doing their part to help meet the holistic needs of those whose lives are devastated by AIDS."
>> Pray for churches around the world that care for those who suffer at the hands of HIV and AIDS. Pray that the Courageous Leadership Award would be an inspiration for these and other churches to seek new and innovative ways of tackling the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.
>> Obtain resources through which you and your church can help change the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS.
|Read more about the winner, runners-up, and honorable mentions of the 2007 Courageous Leadership Award, and how they each made a difference in the fight against HIV and AIDS.|
Two Ways You Can Help
|Pray for churches around the world that care for those who suffer at the hands of HIV and AIDS. Pray that the Courageous Leadership Award would be an inspiration for these and other churches to seek new and innovative ways of tackling the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.|
Obtain resources through which you and your church can help change the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS.