Today is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. This is an issue that the church is waking up to, and an issue that has incredibly far-reaching implications. Though people attack the issue of HIV/AIDS from a number of fronts, some of which I agree with and some I don’t, I think it’s imperative that the church become a leader in the fight. Consider this as you pray today for the world:
Worldwide, it is estimated that more than 15 million children under 18 have been orphaned as a result of AIDS. Around 11.6 million of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa. In countries badly affected by the epidemic such as Zambia and Botswana, it is estimated that 20 percent of children under 17 are orphans – most of whom have lost one or both parents to AIDS (avert.org).