Written by Donald E. Messer, Chairperson
United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee
Celebrate Valentine's Day in your church by taking an offering on either Feb. 8 or 15 to help children and mothers in Liberia, Kenya and India. The money goes to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund to stop transmission of HIV from mother to child during birth. Seventy-five percent of your gift goes directly to Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. Twenty-five percent of your gift goes to support two other projects: Stopping the transmission of HIV from mother to child in Namakkal, India, and helping AIDS orphans in Meru, Kenya.
In a letter from Liberia dated Jan. 14, 2015, Ganta United Methodist Hospital wrote that "words are inadequate to express our profoundest thanks and appreciation to the members of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference ... and Bishop Elaine Stanovsky" for the $10,000 grant made possible by the 2014 Valentine's Day offering in our churches. They write that "this contribution came at the time when all health care activities in Liberia had been swept under the carpet or ignored by health care providers owing to the abrupt eruption of the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia ... "
So let's help again -- let's be partners in their struggle against Ebola, AIDS and malaria. Send funds immediately to the Conference Treasurer marked UMCOR Advance #982345. If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Don Messer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Youngsook Kang at email@example.com Let your District Superintendent know that you and your church are involved. Challenge other churches! Let's raise at least $20,000 -- we can if everyone participates!