Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries, mission projects, and missionaries of The United Methodist Church. In December, we pray for people with HIV/AIDS and the many ways in which United Methodists love and support them.
Since AIDS was first discovered in 1981, over 60 million people have become infected with the disease, and 25 million have died. Worldwide, more than 7,000 people contract the HIV virus (which causes AIDS) each day. In the United States today, about 1.1 million people are living with HIV, and every 10 minutes, someone new is infected. Most AIDS cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where HIV and AIDS leave poverty, orphaned children, stigma, and heartbreak in their wake. The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund supports education, prevention, care, and treatment programs for people living with HIV and AIDS around the world. Through the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund plan, 25 percent of funds raised by each annual conference are used in that conference for AIDS work, either locally or in global projects. In the West Ohio Conference, these funds are used for the annual HIV/AIDS Healing Weekend. For more, click here.