Let’s work together to Imagine No MalariaPosted: March 20, 2014
By now you have no doubt heard about the United Methodist challenge to eliminate Malaria deaths in 2015. Malaria is a transmitted disease through the bite of a mosquito. lt claims a life every 60 seconds. ln 2010, when the campaign began, a person was dying every 30 seconds. We are making a difference but we aren’t there yet.
Malaria is preventable, treatable and beatable. I am asking that every member and every congregation join in to make a difference and help in this fight. lt is not too late to help by making a decision now to be part of making a huge difference in the world!
Even though this challenge has been before us since 2010 and across the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences we have seen congregations, youth groups, United Methodist Women, Campus Ministries and individuals work toward this audacious goal. We have not however, as an Area, made a commitment to be part of this major campaign.
NOW is the time for the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences, to join in the effort to help. l’m asking your help in this fight. How can you help?
1. Advocate! Most people don’t know the death and suffering that malaria causes. We need your help to spread the word about this preventable and treatable disease.
2. Raise Funds! A gift to lmagine No Malaria changes lives – yours and someone in Africa. Your donation helps provide bed nets, medicine and training to health workers. A small sacrifice that makes the difference between life and death in Africa.
3. Engage Your Community! Expect to change the world. This work in Africa is our faith in action. Bringing this mission outside the church into your neighborhood is a great way to rethink how we live our faith. Can you and your church imagine what you can do?
We have just over a thousand congregations in Middle and West Tennessee and Western Kentucky which comprise the Nashville Area. I am asking every congregation to participate. Set a goal of raising $1000 above and beyond our normal budget. Some will be able to do more, much more. Others will do less. But there is no reason each congregation can’t do something.
Let’s raise $1,000,000 for Imagine No Malaria. Let’s spend the next 15 months working on this. Let’s bring the first fruit offering to both 2014 Annual Conferences and let’s celebrate at Annual Conference 2015 with a victory. The youth have shown us how to set a goal and reach it! Let their joy and enthusiasm inspire the rest of us. Your District Lay Leaders and your District Superintendent will be available to help set a worthy goal.
Bishop William T. McAlilly
Click here to download a copy of the Bishop’s official letter to congregations throughout the Nashville Episcopal Area.