The Great Plains UM Global AIDS Fund Task Force re-organization was finalized in May 2014, under the Mercy and Justice Team and began adding Kansas Ambassadors in June. It's predecessor was the Nebraska UM Global AIDS Fund Task Force, which was established in 2009, under the Risk-Taking Mission and Justice Team. The Kansas East and Kansas West Conferences were two of the four annual conferences that petitioned the General Conference to establish the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.
Worldwide, the AIDS epidemic is wiping out entire communities/cultures of people. Of the 40 million people infected around the world, more than 30 million have no access to medicine to treat the virus.
In the US, AIDS is the leading cause of death among women 25-44 years of age. The depth of this tragedy is beyond human comprehension with so many of God's creations dying of this disease.
The Great Plains AIDS Ambassadors Leadership Team has recommended that $1,000 of the conference UMGAF be allotted for scholarships each calendar year.
Scholarship funds will be available to Conference AIDS Ambassadors to attend the National UMGAF Conference held biannually, the International UMGAF Conference or other pertinent HIV AIDS workshops or conferences.
World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1 each year, was the first ever global health day and was first held in 1988. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. The United Methodist Church has been a strong supporter of this special day, and the UM Global AIDS Fund urges all congregations to commemorate World AIDS Day either on Dec. 1 or some other day during the year. The Great Plains Mercy and Justice Team and the Committee on Finance and Administration ask congregations in the conference to participate in this important special offering. For 2016, that Sunday will fall Dec. 4.
The Great Plains United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Task Force wants to have at least one AIDS Ambassador in each local church. The key role of AIDS Ambassadors is to promote the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (Advance Special #982345). The other role is to educate about the hope that HIV/AIDS treatment brings, and help dispel the myths and stereotypes that often negatively effect people's giving and ability to relate to people with HIV/AIDS. Read more information on the role of an AIDS Ambassador.
It is clear that AIDS Ambassadors make a difference. In 2013, the 70 Nebraska churches with AIDS Ambassadors gifted $3,220.98, while the hundred of churches without AIDS Ambassadors gifted $747.83.
If you would like to be an ambassador, or receive more information, contact Frances Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local United Methodist churches in Nebraska and Kansas have an opportunity to apply for the grant "Working for an AIDS-Free World Grant." The grant is funded by the 25 percent of the Global AIDS Fund offering that stays in our Conference for local AIDS projects.
NOTE: Grants are due each year on Jan. 31; the Great Plains UM Global AIDS Fund Task Force decides how the grant(s) is awarded. See the application form below for more information. Also, see the SMART Goals form below to aid in your filling out of your application.
The Great Plains Global AIDS Fund Facebook page.
Cookbook of ideas to increase AIDS ministries.
UMCOR's (United Methodist Committee on Relief) page on Global AIDS Fund.
Learn more about AIDS and the General Board of Church and Society.
20/20: Visioning an AIDS-Free World Facebook page.
A Generation of Hope: A program of the General Board of Global Ministries focusing on the eradication of HIV/AIDS and assisting AIDS orphans in Africa.
World AIDS Day - Dec. 1 - Worship resources.
Organize an HIV-testing event using a manual and instructional DVD developed by the Louisiana Annual Conference. The instructional tools, produced with the help of professional editors and video producers, answer questions about volunteer recruitment and training, which agencies to get involved, and how to promote an HIV-testing event. To view the HIV/AIDS testing DVDs, go to You Tube. Download DVDs and instructional manual. The video file is in mp4 format so it is viewable on most devices.