World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, is fast approaching. First observed in 1988, it was the first ever global health day. The United Methodist Church has been a strong supporter of this special day, and the UM Global AIDS Fund urges all congregations to commemorate it, either on Dec. 1 or on some other day during the year, and to take advantage of the resources available on the UMC Global AIDS Fund website.
The UMC Global AIDS Fund has raised close to $4 million for more than 200 projects in 37 countries around the globe that are working to prevent the spread of AIDS and to provide care for those who are infected and affected. World AIDS Day is an opportune time to lift up the work of this fund and to urge United Methodists to support it financially. The Global AIDS Fund is an advance special in the UMC (#982345), and 25% of any contributions raised in local churches remain in their Annual Conference to support more local AIDS projects.