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My goal for AIDS Orphans Benefit Hike is to hike the Pacific Crest Trail to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, and how it especially affects its children. I will furthermore be raising $10,000 for Lutheran World Relief and its partners to improve the quality of life for AIDS orphans in Africa. I will begin this hike on April 28th and finish on or near September 26th.

I will be financing this endeavor myself along with help from corporate sponsorships for my food and equipment. All monies received for AIDS Orphans Benefit Hike will be sent directly to Lutheran World Relief.


Along the Pacific Crest Trail, I plan to stop at seven churches and one outdoor retreat center to give a presentation on AIDS Orphans Benefit Hike. All churches will receive, in advance, enough brochures for their members and community interest, a promotional poster, and other materials to get ready for my visit. Each individual church plans to promote within the congregation and in their conference. I have listed below the visit date, church, city, and size of church. For each community that I visit, I will also send press releases to major media outlets such as television, radio, and newspapers.

Date Church City Members
April 27 St Andrew’s Lutheran Church San Diego, CA 588
May 25 Ascension Lutheran Church Thousand Oaks, CA 2,571
July 2 Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Reno, NV 832
July 20 St. James Lutheran Church Redding, CA 617
August 10 Nativity Lutheran Church Bend, OR 543
August 24 First Immanuel Lutheran Church Portland, OR 332
September 21 Holden Village Retreat Center Chelan, WA n/a
September 28 Faith Lutheran Church Seattle, WA 532

“Stand With Africa: Banish Hunger.”
A new video that demonstrates how Stand With Africa works with
local organizations in East Africa to improve peoples’ lives.

"The Jewels of Katosi"
In August 2002, LCMS World Relief Communications Manager Greg Koenigparticipated in a Lutheran World Relief study tour to Kenya and Uganda
in conjunction with the inter-Lutheran Stand With Africa campaign.

African Reflections: Stories from an ELCA trip in early 2002
" Picture This: Million Thanks
" Picture This: Street Children

" HUNGER IN AFRICA. Stand With Africa 2002

" 2002 Global facts about the HIV/AIDS epidemic

" A Stand With Africa Slide ShowHIV/AIDS in Africa

" "Braving Aids: Senegal's Way" Video

" "Introducing Stand With Africa" Video

" A Child's Poem About AIDS

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