Samaritan Ministry

An HIV Ministry in Knoxville, TN

Our Mission

Our church should be a beacon of light and hope for anyone who suffers from or has family or friends who suffer from this disease.

The US Conference on AIDS

Samaritan Ministry will again exhibit at the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), the largest domestic HIV/AIDS Conference. USCA provides consumers, advocates, and HIV service providers with a large array of up-to-date information, including research, program information, and materials.

Out of 78 Exhibitors, representing pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, not-for-profits, and advocacy groups, we are the ONLY faith-based group in the hall. This is a huge responsibility and one that we take very seriously. We are proud to represent the church of Jesus Christ at this important gathering – being the presence of Christ.

This year we will have a team of 5, including Mike Young (King’s Cross Church in Tullahoma, TN) and his daughter, Hillary, Wade Bibb (Senior Pastor at Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville – our home church), my wife Laura, and myself.

Here is what you can do to help us at USCA:

1. Please pray for our team as we minister and share, offering GREAT materials, caring hearts, compassion, and hope. We truly believe our presence at this conference makes a difference.

2. If you are attending USCA, come visit us at Booth 606!

 

Faith Walk and Al Ichiki 5K, Knoxville Steps Up For HIV

We are gearing up for our 4th edition of FaithWalk and Al Ichiki 5K, which will take place on Saturday, December 12th in Downtown Knoxville. We are delighted to have WBIR-TV’s Bill Williams as our honorary chairperson, and again we will be recognizing U.T. Researcher, Dr. Al Ichiki as our namesake.

FaithWalk is dedicated to raising awareness about HIV, reducing stigma, and spreading love. Won’t YOU step up for HIV?

We would love for you to be a SPONSOR (Click HERE to become a sponsor), a PARTICIPANT (registration opens 9/1/15!), or a volunteer for the event. Contact us at info@samaritancentral.com to volunteer.

Proceeds from FaithWalk will go toward supporting Samaritan Ministry and two of our partners, Smoky Mountain Lions Charities and FAITH Coalition.

 

Tennessee Department of Health Issues Public Health Advisory for Hepatitis C

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On July 27th, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a Public Health Advisory concerning Hepatitis C. All Tennesseans must be concerned when, according to the Commissioner of Health, “In addition to reported cases of acute Hepatitis C it is estimated that more than 100,000 Tennesseans may be living with chronic Hepatitis C and not know it.” Please click here to read the Press Release.

 

 

 

Samaritan Ministry has been taking a leadership position in Tennessee regarding Hepatitis C. In addition to non-clinical HCV antibody testing since September of 2013, Samaritan Ministry has hosted training and community events to raise awareness about this important threat to public health.

What can you do?

Get tested. If you were born between 1945 and 1965 you are at risk, because tissue and blood donations were not properly screened during these years.
Get tested. If you have used drugs via injection or snorted drugs, you may be at risk.
Get tested. If you have tattoos that were done in a less that sterile environment, you may be at risk.
Pray. Many people faced with HCV infection are voiceless and powerless. They need your prayer so they can address addiction, seek help, and find compassionate and caring people to offer support.
Get involved. Call your state legislator and let them know of your concern. Our community needs the forces of our state government to address this epidemic.
Learn more. Connect with the Tennessee Department of Health using the links in the press release.

If you want a free, confidential, Hepatitis C test, contact Samaritan Ministry at info@samaritancentral.org.

 

Samaritan Ministry supports FAITH Coalition Event

The FAITH Coalition is a community group made up of individuals from local agencies, churches and ministries dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in Knoxville. In June, the FAITH Coalition hosted an event called “Lift Every Voice: on Faith, Hope and Facing HIV/AIDS.” Samaritan Ministry is proud to be a part of the FAITH Coalition and sponsor their event.

Marvelyn Brown, author and HIV/AIDS activist shared her inspiring story. Samaritan Ministry worked with the Knox County Health Department to offer free HIV testing to those in attendance.

Here are a few pictures from the event:
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