Written by Staff Reports
The UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have declared the HIV/AIDS pandemic an international disaster of catastrophic proportions.
UCC's One Great Hour of Sharing, Disciples' Week of Compassion and the Global Ministries Office of Resource Development will simultaneously issue Global AIDS Ministries special disaster appeals on Nov. 19. All contributions to them will be used to fund UCC/Disciples HIV/AIDS ministries in the United States, Puerto Rico and around the world.
Since its identification in the early 1980s, HIV/AIDS has resulted in 22 million deaths, more than all the soldiers killed in the major wars of the 20th century, and has left as many as 13 million children orphaned. Another 36 million people are currently infected, the majority of them young and middle-aged adults, normally the backbone of their nation's economies and the care-providers for many millions more children and the elderly.
While the overall rate of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States has declined in recent years, the infection rate among young people is growing at an alarming rate.
The world has been living with the HIV/AIDS pandemic for nearly 20 years. It is likely this international disaster will continue for decades to come. The Global AIDS Ministries appeal seeks to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS.
To make a financial contribution
1. Make check payable to your local congregation, designated for "Global AIDS Ministries," and request it be forwarded through your Conference office to Wider Church Ministries, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
2. Make check payable to Wider Church Ministries, designated for "Global AIDS Ministries," and send it directly to Wider Church Ministries, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
3. On the right hand side of this page, click the "Make a Donation" button to make an electronic donation immediately (Visa, Mastercard, or PayPal Accounts only).
4. Disciples' Week of Compassion and Global Ministries Office of Resource Development also are receiving contributions.