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Discussion Guide for

Out of the Shadows A f t e r v ie w in g “ O ut of t he shadows,” use this guide to research the AIDS

epidemic, reflect on how the video impacted you, recall what you learned, respond in tangible ways, reach out with life-changing help, resolve to follow God’s Word, and rely on His goodness and power.

Research »

A n e s t im at ed 33 million people were living with HIV in 2007. (Source: UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, 2008.)


Sinc e t he b eginning of the epidemic, 25 million people have died from AIDS- related causes. (Source: UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, 2008.)


E v e ry day, near ly 7,400 people become infected with HIV, and more than 5,400 people die from AIDS. (Source: UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, 2008.)

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N e a r ly 3 million people were receiving antiretroviral treatment in low- and

middle-income countries at the end of 2007. This represents 31 percent of the estimated need and a 45-percent improvement over 2006. (Source: UNAIDS Report on

the Global AIDS Epidemic, 2008.)


Wo m e n a c c ount for near ly half of all people living with HIV worldwide, and more than half of HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, 2008.)

Reflect » » »

What did y ou lear n about the AIDS epidemic that you didn’t know before?

dis c us s w h y the AIDS epidemic is so detrimental to a community.

w h y do y ou t hink that the global community was slow to realize the

seriousness of the AIDS epidemic?

Recall » »

r e c a l l s p ec ific examples of how World Vision is working to fight the AIDS


How has the global community worked together to begin to take a stand

against AIDS?

Respond »

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A r o und t he wor ld, World Vision teaches community members, including

children, about HIV and AIDS prevention so that they can teach their peers. How can you help to raise awareness and educate your peers?

HIV a n d A IDS have devastated entire communities in some countries. What can be

done to help people in those communities? D is c us s w hy it is important to dispel misconceptions and educate people about

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Reach Out Consider making a difference in the following ways:


P r ay da ily for those who are living with HIV and AIDS. Pray that God will


Sp o ns o r a c hild living in a community affected by AIDS. For about a dollar a

strengthen and provide for them.

day, you’ll help provide your sponsored child with access to critical basics such as clean water, improved nutrition, healthcare, and education. Your gifts will help make a world of difference for one child and his or her family and community. For sponsorship information, visit


giv e a gif t through the World Vision Gift Catalog to help communities with development projects that will benefit their children for generations to come. Gifts include items such as goats, mother and child healthcare, small business loans, fruit trees, school fees or even bicycles to help children get to school. Consider asking family and friends to donate items instead of buying gifts for you or each other. Visit and click on “programs and events” for more information.


Be c o m e e duc at ed about HIV and AIDS so that you can advocate on behalf of

programs that will empower communities.

Resolve »

A n d if a ny one giv es even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones

because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward. — Matthew 10:42


D e f e nd t h e c ause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. — Psalm 82:3


For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. — Deuteronomy 10:17-18

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Rely P r ay t h at:

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T h o s e w ith HIV and A IDS will have access to the medical treatment they require and will receive the peace of Jesus. P e o p l e a r ound t he wor ld will become aware and moved to help those

suffering from HIV and AIDS. L e a de r s , p olic y mak er s, doc t or s and others involved would find

solutions to the problems associated with HIV and AIDS.

The Scripture in this resource is from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978,1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. During the preparation of this resource, all citations, facts, figures, Internet URLs, and other cited information were verified for accuracy. World Vision Resources has made every attempt to reference current and valid sources, but we cannot guarantee the content of any source and we are not responsible for any changes that may have occurred since our verification. If you find an error in, or have a question or concern about, any of the information or sources listed within, please contact World Vision Resources. Copyright © 2011 World Vision, Inc., Mail Stop 321, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716, All rights reserved.

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About World Vision Wo r l d V is io n is a Christian humanitarian organization

dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. We see a world where each child experiences “fullness of life” as described in John 10:10. And we know this can be achieved only by addressing the problems of poverty and injustice in a holistic way. That’s how World Vision is unique: We bring 60 years of experience in three key areas needed to help children and families thrive: emergency relief, long-term development, and advocacy. And we bring all of our skills across many areas of expertise to each community we work in, enabling us to care for children’s physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Partnering with World Vision provides tangible ways to honor God and put faith into action. By working, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of children and families who are struggling to overcome poverty. To find out more about how you can help, visit

About World Vision Resources E nding gl o b a l pov ert y and injustice begins with education: understanding the magnitude and causes of poverty, its impact on human dignity, and our connection to those in need around the world.

World Vision Resources is the publishing ministry of World Vision. World Vision Resources educates Christians about global poverty, inspires them to respond, and equips them with innovative resources to make a difference in the world.

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Discussion Guide for "Out of the Shadow" video  
Discussion Guide for "Out of the Shadow" video  

This guide invites participants to discuss and reflect on the video content from Out of the Shadows explore issues related to the AIDS pande...