On May 15, 2016 we wrapped up our Imagine No Malaria Campaign. In 2014 Bishop Palmer challenged the congregation of HPCUMC to be a “Champion Church” committing to raise $50,000 towards the 3.5 million dollar goal of the Annual Conference. Upon the recommendation of the Community Ministry/Global Outreach Team the Servant Leadership Board accepted the Bishop’s challenge.
I am excited to report that at the conclusion of our three-phase campaign HPCUMC surpassed our goal of $50,000, raising a total of $55,551.81. The break down is as follows:
Quoting the statement on an Imagine No Malaria post card: “Thanks to the giving spirit you have inspired, we are closer to eliminating death and suffering from malaria.” According to recent statistics 430,000 of the reported 584,000 malaria deaths were children under the age of five. Every 60 seconds a child dies in Africa. The United Methodist Church has partnered with secular and sacred institutions to eradicate malaria from the continent of Africa. The West Ohio Conference is leading the way committing 3.5 million towards the United Methodist Church commitment of $75 million.
The Global Community effort involves a four-prong attack on malaria: Prevention; through the use of bed nets, providing access to diagnostic tests and medicine, draining standing water and improving sanitation. Treatment; ensuring clinics and hospitals have the diagnostic tests and treatment needed to save lives. Education; health care workers are trained to go door to door in remote communities to deliver and install bed nets and teach people how to use and care for the nets properly. Communication; using technology to reach millions with life-saving information about malaria.
Well done good and faithful servants! It is a joy and privilege to serve in ministry with you. I look forward to seeing you in church.