Jun 5, 2010

Imagine No Malaria

Last week at the Central Texas Annual Conference held at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum we voted to support the world wide mission program we titled “Imagine No Malaria.” As an annual conference we learned that every thirty seconds a child dies from malaria. As sad as that is, it is even more tragic that malaria is a disease that is preventable and treatable. America eradicated this pernicious disease in the 1950s. Yet today nearly 90% of deaths from malaria occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

Our Central Texas Annual Conference raised $135,276 with the Nothing But Nets Annual Conference offering in 2007, resulting in 13,527 bed nets now providing protective coverage for families in Africa! In fact our own church, FUMC, Arlington raised over $27,000 of that by ourselves—first in the Annual Conference. I was so proud of our church I was beside myself.

“Imagine No Malaria” is now the next step in our goal of ending suffering and death from this avertable disease. “Imagine No Malaria” continues to include nets for beds, but expands into other areas of deterrence, action, education, and the conveyance of life-extending information.

Central Texas’ goal for the 2010 Annual Conference offering is about $164,000. You may make any contribution you like through our local church. During the 2010 Annual Conference (June 6-9 in Fort Worth) we will report our conference’s total gift. The “Imagine No Malaria” offering will continue until we reach our Conference goal of $1 per member. We anticipate a celebration of this accomplishment by June 2011!

Imagine No Malaria is something that would be noble for all of us disciples of Jesus Christ to imagine. As we continue to move and grow in mission and ministry I hope that we will always remember that as a church of 5000 well educated and fairly well-heeled people, that we have an amazing array of resources for our immediate community and for our world. May God continue to help us use them (and steward them) wisely!

As one of my heroes, John Wooden, once said, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

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