Kathi Winter has been an HIV educator under the auspices of the Red Cross and Aids Service Association since 1999, making presentations in schools and local churches such as Mariners Church, Saddleback Church, and Gospel Light Church. During this time, she has also attended three International AIDS Conferences in Geneva, Barcelona, and Vancouver as a press member reporting on Christian radio in the U.S. She believes that God has blessed her with the opportunity to share her experiences and knowledge of HIV education with Orange County pastors.
Kathi’s strong belief in the role of education to combat the growing spread of HIV/AIDS led her to Africa, and in 1998 she co-founded Outreach to Africa, a 501-C3 California nonprofit corporation that supports children and families who have been infected with or affected by the virus. She serves on the board of the organization, and has coordinated Mission groups that have joined forces with local churches in East Africa to care for children and families.
Ms. Winter’s business experience as president of a travel/marketing company in Orange County for 28 years qualifies her to understand and assist with business issues associated with Missions as well. She is a businesswoman with a generous giving spirit and a heart who aims to encourage churches at home and abroad to assume a higher level of responsibility in regard to HIV outreach
Under her guidance, Outreach to Africa held a major HIV Education Conference to over 750 community leaders and pastors over a three day seminar in Fort Portal, Uganda to create an HIV prevention strategy for Congolese refugees in border villages. She believes when eyes and ears are open, action and commitment can’t help but follow.
In 2005, Ms. Winter formed BE-HIV Ministries, (Believing Education for HIV) to help local churches gain a better understanding of the facts about the virus in order to best serve their communities and congregations. . She speaks as a positive ( HIV) woman who stands with Saddleback Church in declaring that the stigma and shame of living with HIV can be stopped at the church level. She has spoken at Pastors’ luncheons and to inter- faith groups in Orange County and overseas in Uganda where she has taught HIV education at conference and crusades. Her experience in radio reporting from previous International AIDS Conferences in Europe and Canada serves as excellent training for teaching locally and internationally..
Putting a name and face to this disease helps de-stigmatize the disease. Since 2005, Kathi has presented educational talks at bible schools, multiple non- denominational churches, to women’s and youth groups in the U.S. and worldwide. Kathi visits Africa often, speaking in South Africa in 2010 as a guest of Rock Harbor Church to provide a three day HIV educational seminar (Hosea 4:6) “ My people will perish but for lack of knowledge.”
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