World AIDS Day 2009 PosterWorld AIDS Day is celebrated worldwide each year on December 1 to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to halt the spread of this pandemic disease. This year, the North Georgia Health District and the North Georgia Task Force HIV Prevention Committee invite the public to commemorate and honor those who have died and those who are living with HIV/AIDS at a special service. The service will be held on Tuesday, December 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Dalton Fellowship Hall. The church is located at 311 Thorton Ave. in Dalton.

Davena Baggett of Amedisys Hospice will lead the *Meditation of Candles, and a message will be presented by Dr. Jason E. Owen , M.R.E. Th. M, STD (please note Dr. Owen’s biography below.) Attendees will be provided a light lunch following the service.

History of World AIDS Day
AIDS was first identified in the USA in 1981. The epidemic has now spread to every part of the USA and to all sectors of society. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981and 2007, an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in history. The AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.

World AIDS Day is observed December 1 each year. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Memorials are held to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be December 1, 1988. The Red Ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV positive people and those living with AIDS.

For more information, please call 706-281-2391.

*If you are unable to attend we ask that at 11:30 a.m. you light a candle and observe a moment of silence!

Biography of Apostle Jason E. Owen
Apostle Jason E. Owen was born in Georgetown Demerara Guyana South America where he received his early education and attended both North Georgetown Government Secondary School and Queens College Secondary School. In 1980, he migrated to Brooklyn, New York United States of America where he matriculated at Kingsborough Community College in Sheep’s Head Bay Brooklyn, New York and graduated with an Associate In Science Degree in Pre-Physical Therapy. He also matriculated at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York as a Physics Major within the Pre-Medical Program; but upon answering God’s call to pursue the Gospel Ministry rather than a medical career, he left Brooklyn College to attend Community Bible Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Having completed his undergraduate studies at Community Bible Institute, he enrolled in the Master’s of Religious Education, Master’s of Theology, and Doctorate of Sacred Theology Programs of United Christian College in Saint Auburn Queens, New York where he also graduated with a Master’s Degree in Religious Education, a Master’s Degree in Theology, and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology. When United Christian College permanently closed its doors, these Degrees were transferred to Lighthouse Christian College in BeBe, Arkansas.

Secularly, Apostle Owen holds the position of ACCESS Community Liaison of the ACCESS Diversity Initiative of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care within the VITAS Atlanta, Georgia Program. He also serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Morehouse School of Medicine Clinical Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia and on The Healthy Brain Initiative Coalition of the Atlanta, Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ecclesiastically, he is a member of the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, Inc. where he serves on the Health Committee, he serves as Apostolic Advisor on the executive board of Redemption Christian Counseling Services, Inc. in Metro Atlanta, Georgia, and as the Chairman of the Apostolic Council of United Federation of Christian Churches and Ministries, Inc. which is headquartered in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He is the Academic Dean of Christian Growth Bible Institute in Conyers, Georgia, the President of Biblical Deliverance Ministries School of Ministry in Snellville, Georgia, and as the Chief Apostle and Presiding Bishop of Biblical Deliverance Ministries, Inc. which is headquartered in Snellville, Georgia, oversees Churches and Para-Church Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Spring Hill, Florida.

Jason received Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 12 years old and is the husband of one wife, Prophet Janine A. Owen, Senior Pastor of Snellville Biblical Deliverance Center in Snellville, Georgia, the father of three sons, John-Anthony, Julian, and Joel, and currently resides with his family in Snellville, Georgia.

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