April 9th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

Churches tackle AIDS for 'Lazarus Sunday'

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) - They were left for dead in Africa.  Gaunt, skin and bones; AIDS patients with hollow eyes.  But a month later they are healthy, smiling and brimming with life after a series of pills that costs about 40 cents a day.

Doctors and relief workers call it "The Lazarus Effect," referring to the biblical miracle in the Gospel of John in which Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

It is also the title of a new documentary by director Lance Bangs that shows in vivid detail the radical transformation from near death to full life.

On Sunday, hundreds of churches around the country will be screening clips from Bangs' Lazarus documentary to raise awareness of a medical miracle their congregants can take part in.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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