And Are We Yet Alive?

The United Methodist Church’s Global AIDS Committee is working hard in 2022 to provide education, resources and support aimed at eradicating HIV and AIDS in our world! Check out this article on our most recent project in Rwanda:

The Committee is also supporting the upcoming 24th International AIDS Conference. For more information see:

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Our work is not yet done.

Reflections on 2021…

We are reminded that there is a disparity in resources available to those who are marginalized. We turn our focus to the “least of these” in all parts of the world. We pray, we plan and we pour ourselves into this sacred work. May God guide our hearts, our hands and our feet.

Let Us Prepare: Advent 2021

This Advent season, The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee has a gift for you. Journey with us each week through a series of guided meditations designed to draw us nearer to God as we anticipate the birth of our Lord and Savior – Christ Jesus.


Thank you for visiting our web page! The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee, since 2004, has addressed the HIV and AIDS pandemic through working with local churches of The United Methodist Church providing education and advocacy. As of 2020, approximately 39 million people are living with HIV or AIDS. The church has a role in making a difference and saving lives. Won’t you join us by becoming an AIDS Ambassador as we educate and advocate to create a world free of HIV! 

 “May Christ’s love surround you and be a constant reminder of your beloved-ness as we work together to create an AIDS-Free world.”



In June 1981, scientists in the United States reported the first clinical evidence of a disease that would later become known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Its cause, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), was identified in 1983.


  • 37.7 million [30.2 million–45.1 million] people globally were living with HIV in 2020.
  • 1.5 million [1 million–2 million] people became newly infected with HIV in 2020.
  • 680,000 [480,000–1 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2020.
  • 27.5 million [26.5 million–27.7 million] people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in 2020. 
  • 79.3 million [55.9 million–110 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.
  • 36.3 million [27.2 million–47.8 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.

Source: United Nations



New Consultant Announced for United Methodist Global AIDS Committee

Bishop Julius Trimble, Indianapolis, Chair of the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee, has announced that the search committee unanimously has selected Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley, Tyler, Texas, to serve as the next part-time Global AIDS Consultant for the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee. Contract details need to be finalized, but her appointment is effective immediately.

Dr. Farley will assume the responsibilities previously held by retired Global AIDS Consultant, Ms. Linda Bales Todd of Dayton, Ohio. A reception honoring Todd was held Monday, June 14, recognizing her 17 years of distinguished service as a volunteer and part-time employee of the Committee. Speakers included Bishop Julius Trimble, Dr. Jim Winkler, President of the National Council of Churches, and retired Bishop Fritz and Etta Mae Mutti of Kansas City, Missouri. Other tributes were provided by persons from Burundi, Kenya, India, and throughout the United States.

Farley, an ordained deacon of the Texas Annual Conference, currently serves two United Methodist churches in Flint and Tyler, Texas. She holds a Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Methodist University. Prior to her pastoral appointments, she was director of a campground in the California-Nevada Annual Conference, served as a campus minister in Texas, and was a journalist serving in Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, and New Zealand.

“My calling is to encourage, equip and empower others,” says Farley. “I have lost loved ones to HIV and AIDS and it is a cause very near and dear to my heart.”  

“As a member of the selection committee, I look forward to working with her, as I believe she will give vital and renewed leadership to our calling,” said Donald E. Messer, secretary. “COVID-19 has only underscored the urgent need for addressing HIV and AIDS in the world, as forward progress toward ending this forty-year pandemic has been stymied and reversed.  Finding ways to mobilize the church in this urgent healing mission will require all her gifts as well as deepened commitment from all of us.”

Committee members may want to welcome her by email at
Mail may be sent to her c/o Noonday UMC, 17320 Hwy 155, Flint, Texas 75762.

Donald E. Messer, Secretary
Global AIDS Committee




March-April 2021 UMGAC Newsletter


New Video “Holistic Health Around the World” – Features Kathleen Griffith, UMGAC member and interim Global Health Team Lead and the Program Manager of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Director of the Abundant Health Unit at the General Board of Global Ministries. Discover how HIV intersects with other issues and how The United Methodist Church is supporting dynamic, life-saving ministries!

Newly released video by BBC Productions: “HIV Positive and Proud: What’s with Stigma?” For more info, check out our Resources page!



Check out our Events page for upcoming opportunities to address HIV and AIDS!  And, take action!



Let us know what AIDS ministries are happening in your local church!  Send to:

  We’d love hearing from you!






7 thoughts on “And Are We Yet Alive?

  1. Get to know that the servants of God will walk with Him in faith, He will give power to their message. They will enabled so to present His love and the danger of rejecting the grace of God that men will be constrained to accept the gospel, Christ will perform wonderful miracles if men will but do their God- given part. I thank you all for the work that is a head of us and your organization as a whole, i hope that as time comes it will give you an image to share with everybody may God bless you.


  2. iam still in the ship cruising along the coastline of development with those who have not known their status up to now we are few one that have been able to be tested Hiv/aids i would wish all our church leaders to open the hiv centers in East Africa


  3. Shalom!
    Can we get support to help Orphans living with HIV and Aids And Local religious living with HIV and Aids?


  4. Dear

    Greetings from Kawish Resource Center Pakistan!
    Kawish Resource Center working on HIV/AIDS through communication in Pakistan, we have trained Christian Leaders communicate openly about HIV and AIDS, speaking out against discrimination. Trained Pastoral clinics on HIV and AIDS and sexuality and also established interfaith HIV/AIDS Network for raise awareness on HIV/AIDS in Pakistan and empower HIV/AIDS positive persons.
    I would request you develop partnership with Kawish Resource Center in Pakistan on HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention through Communication.
    I hope you will give positive response.


    Asif Sardar
    Executive Director
    Kawish Resource Center


    • Dear Asif Sardar,

      Thank you for your email and thank you for your work in Pakistan. For our clarification, when you request a partnership with your Center, what might that look like? If you could share more information, it would assist us with our discernment. Please send further communications to our email address:

      Also, UMGAC invites you to visit our Resources web page to make use of our print and audio/visual resources that may be useful in your work. Although you didn’t mention funding, we do not have funds available to support your work, but are pleased to know of your existence and wish you the best in your ministry with people living with HIV/AIDS.


      United Methodist Global AIDS Committee


  5. we must remember there are other serious health issues besides Coronavirus in our world today.

    So much help needed with AIDS problems .


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