Imagine No Malaria – “Each One Here…Reach One There!”
I thought I’d take this time to share an important update, and issue a special “homestretch” challenge, regarding our life-changing Imagine No Malaria campaign.
Last year at our Annual Conference, people in the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church pledged $1,200,000 in support of Imagine No Malaria. Here in the Southeast District we set a goal of $100,000 as our contribution toward the Conference pledged amount.
I’m excited to share that, to date, United Methodists in Missouri have raised $673,198, with $71,797 of that total coming from congregations right here in the Southeast District. That means that we’re just $28,203 away from reaching our district goal!
First of all let me say a heart-felt “Thank You” to the congregations, clergy, and laypersons in our district who have given generously and told the story of how this program is saving lives and changing the world. I’ve heard countless stories of how you’ve deepened your faith, challenged each other, honored Christ, and had loads of fun, while raising awareness and funds for this very special cause.
Now that we’re in the homestretch, with Annual Conference only two months away, I want to issue a challenge by offering a suggestion. If you attend or serve a congregation that has yet to make a contribution, we’re going to make it easy! We are designating May 18 th (which happens to be “Change The World Weekend” on our United Methodist Church Planning Calendar) as the weekend to change the world through Imagine No Malaria. How appropriate!
We suggest that you consider declaring this “Each One HERE…Reach One THERE” Sunday, and challenge each person attending worship on that day to contribute $10 to save the life of someone on the African Continent threatened by the disease of Malaria. At Annual Conference in Springfield there will be a time to bring your offering forward.