1. Stay Informed
You can access resources to inform and inspire your church to get involved:
World Vision (www.worldvision.org):
HIV/AIDS Toolkit for Churches
Includes pastor’s speaking points, bible study guides, bulletin inserts, videos and online resources.
What Religious Leaders can do about HIV/AIDS
Appeals to leaders of various faith communities to use their influence, moral leadership and resources to alter the course of the epidemic.
Contact IM for a copy of From Faith to Action, a guide to faith-based organizations and congregations seeking to contribute resources to support AIDS affected children.
If you are a leader or member of a predominately African American congregation, you see the link to the pandemic right at home. African Americans account for over half of HIV/AIDS cases in the US. To learn more about the HIV/AIDS crisis in the black community, visit the Balm in Gilead www.balmingilead.org.
2. Pray and Speak
Be prayerful about how God may use you to be an advocate on behalf of those suffering from AIDS. To learn more about US based advocacy:
ONE Campaign www.one.org
Global Action for Children www.globalactionforchildren.org
3. Give Generously
Support IM. Consider raising a special offering for HIV/AIDS activities supported by IM, through our partners and our missionaries.