“Behold, I am telling you a mystery. We will not all die, but we will all be changed. It will happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever and we will be changed…Then what is written will come true. It says, 'Death has been swallowed up. It has lost the battle. Death, where is the battle you thought you were winning? Death, where is your sting?'"
In 1989, the Communist Party was overthrown in Romania bringing about a democratic system. As the world rejoiced in Romania’s new found freedom, humanitarian aid began to pour into Romania. This included food, clothing, and medical supplies. Among the medical supplies were blood products to be used in hospitals, clinics, and orphanages. Unfortunately, blood screening was not common practice in those days. So, even though the Romanian people had found freedom, a new enemy was sneaking its way into the lives of thousands of innocent children. This new enemy was HIV/AIDS!
In 1999, Tresha Inglis met Claudia Udrea in a tram stop in Timisoara, Romania. After a very short discussion, Tresha and Claudia began ministering to HIV/AIDS infected children in two infectious disease hospitals. The conditions of the hospitals were deplorable and supplies limited to the rich. Lack of education, hope, training for staff, families, and care takers caused these children to be abused, abandoned, and left for dead. However, God had other plans and that is when The Joshua Project was born.
The Joshua Project is an extreme ministry to an extreme group of children and families with HIV/AIDS. We reach out to them in many different ways; showing them love by being their advocates, counseling the children, families, and caretakers, helping them make educated decisions, and ultimately allowing them to meet with the only one that can alleviate their pain and suffering, Jesus Christ.
Often, the Joshua Project is misunderstood; many people think that we minister to children dying with HIV/AIDS. Instead, this very special group of children is living with HIV/AIDS! Yes, many children we have had the privilege to serve have died to this world, but almost all were sure about their eternal home. Our goal is to reach each individual with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! What a message of hope and love this brings to children weighed down with sickness. With your help we can reach even more!.