In 2011, a child died from malaria every 30 seconds. Today, malaria clams a life in Africa every 60 seconds.
Through the extraordinary effort of the people of The United Methodist Church, malaria’s impact has been cut in half and lives are being saved. But still more needs to be done. Hundreds of thousands of lives are needlessly lost each year because of this preventable disease.
Together with other annual conferences within the connection, the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church is partnering with Imagine No Malaria to completely eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.
An effort of The United Methodist Church, Imagine No Malaria is a way to put faith into action. At the 2011 Annual Conference Session, South Georgia United Methodists joined hands and hearts to give more than $75,000 in a single special offering for the cause. With those funds, more than 7,500 lifesaving mosquito nets were able to be purchased and distributed.
At this year’s Annual Conference session in Savannah, the Conference will again collect a special offering to support Imagine No Malaria in its quest to eradicate the disease. Each church is encouraged to receive an offering in the weeks prior to Annual Conference and bring the offering with them to Savannah.
“The proceeds from this year’s annual conference offering will aid United Methodists in our combined efforts to eliminate the threat of malaria deaths in Africa,” said Rev. Denise Walton, Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries. “Together, we can help to save lives of our brothers and sisters. Dear Lord, according to your will let it be so.”
Achieving the goal of eradicating malaria requires a comprehensive, four-pronged approach to fighting the disease that includes prevention, education, treatment and communication. With The United Methodist Church’s help, malaria will soon be a thing of the past.
Money collected prior to the June 1-3 Annual Conference Session in Savannah can be placed in the offering place during opening worship. Donations can be sent anytime to the Office of Administrative Services; PO Box 52101; Macon, GA 31208 with the Imagine No Malaria Advance Special #5840. For more information about Imagine No Malaria, visit www.imaginenomalaria.org.