HIV and the Church

Posted by Ashley Eure

As World AIDS Day (December 1st) approaches, we encourage you to join us in praying for people infected and affected by HIV. Below are some facts and prayer prompts to get you started. 

“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” Colossians 4:2

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." 1 John 5:14





·      36 million people are living with HIV worldwide (UNAIDS).

·      6,000 people are newly infected with HIV every day (amFAR).

·      In the USA, a quarter of those new infections are among young people age 13 to 24 (

·      In Orange County, over 6000 people are living with HIV&AIDS (.

·      Only 2 out of every 5 people living with HIV have access to treatment.

·      Few churches in Orange County have specific means of reaching those who are HIV positive and their families.



·      Pray God will continually break your heart to care more for individuals infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.

·      If you do not know someone who is HIV positive - pray for the ways you can become a safe person for others to share their lives with.

·      Pray for the individuals you know who are HIV positive; ask God to show you ways you can encourage them.



·      Pray that those in our community who are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS will know God’s love through us.

·      Pray that children living with HIV in Orange County will be loved, cared for, and adopted by members of our church.

·      Pray that Saddleback Church small groups will bring hope and healing to HIV positive people and their families who are living throughout Southern California.



·      Pray local churches will have compassion on the millions infected and affected by HIV and AIDS and that compassion will be translated into action.

·      Pray for local churches to be places of community, hope, information, and care.

·      Pray that children orphaned due to HIV&AIDS will be loved, cared for, and adopted by members of the local churches.

·      Pray local churches will have wisdom as they develop effective, Biblical strategies for prevention, treatment, and care.

·      Pray for strength and comfort for the caregivers of those with HIV and AIDS.


“They will know you are my disciples if you love one another.” John 13:35

If you would like to be a part of what the HIV&AIDS Initiative is doing to honor World AIDS Day at every Saddleback Church campus, email or call 949-609-8555.

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