The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) Committee asks local congregations to observe the 15th anniversary of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, by raising awareness of the HIV & AIDS crisis and committing to Just Save One child from contracting the disease. This year, Dec. 1 lands on the first Sunday of Advent.
According to UNAIDS, every day 1,000 children are born with HIV. “Even a small gift can make a big difference,” said Linda Bales Todd, UMGAF Committee co-chair. “For example, it costs less than $10 to prevent transmission of HIV from a mother to a child; and just $1 provides needed nutrients for an AIDS orphan.”
UMGAF has developed resources to help churches observe World AIDS Day, including a First Sunday of Advent suggested order of worship, a four-week Advent Bible study and 40 Days of Prayers & Actions to Just Save One.