The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is the coming together of all people of faith to unite with purpose, compassion and hope in order to focus national attention on the AIDS epidemic in the United States and the extraordinary role faith communities can and are playing in AIDS prevention, education, service and advocacy.
The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is the inclusive expansion of the highly successful Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, which concluded its 20th year anniversary in 2009. The Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS was the nation’s FIRST national mobilization campaign that specifically focused on HIV/AIDS. The campaign has provided AIDS information to well-over 5 million African Americans through the engagement of Black congregations of every sector across the United States.
All faith communities across the nation are encouraged to participate in the following FOUR ways.
1) Make prayer, education, advocacy and service for the healing of AIDS the focus of the weekly worship service during the week of March 6-12, 2011.
2) The leader of the congregation delivers a sermon or message on HIV education and the role of faith communities in addressing the AIDS epidemic in the Unites States during the weekly worship service.
3) Offer a special prayer during the worship service for the healing of AIDS.
4) Disseminate HIV educational material to the congregants and to the community during the worship service and throughout the week.
A national Faith-Based HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance (TA) Center is ready to offer assistance with planning relevant events; sermon development; and incorporating HIV messages into weekly study and education classes. The TC Center (888-225-6243) is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. More information is available at www.nationalweekofprayerforthehealingofaids.org .
Locally, the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) can provide trained Health Educators -- free of charge -- to speak to faith-based organizations and groups. WNCAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing HIV-related services to the people of North Carolina, through client support, prevention education and outreach activities, in a collaborative and financially responsible manner.
For more information visit www.WNCAP.org or call 828-252-7489.
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