The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church supports a wide variety of mission partners, both local and global, in advancing our common mission to 'make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.' Each month, we will join together in praying for our brothers and sisters doing mission and ministry around the world.
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.
This month, please pray for:
Week 1: People with HIV/AIDS who continue to face the negative stigma associated with the disease.
Week 2: United Methodist churches to take the initiative in educating their congregations on HIV/AIDS.
Week 3: The annual Healing Weekend offered by The West Ohio Conference as a place for people with HIV/AIDS to come and be loved.
Week 4: Support for the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (Advance #982345), which provides support for people living with AIDS in the United States and around the world.