This year’s Special Offering will be collected during the Service of Ordination, Commissioning and Licensing on Monday evening and Closing Worship on Tuesday afternoon and will benefit Imagine No Malaria, an extraordinary effort of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother.
Achieving this goal requires an integrated strategy against the disease. As a life-saving ministry, Imagine No Malaria aims to empower the people of Africa to overcome malaria’s burden. We fight malaria with a comprehensive model, using nearly 200 years experience in Africa to work against malaria. This comprehensive approach is divided into four main parts:
- Prevention: We are improving the ways people fight the disease locally—Using bed nets. Access to diagnostic tests and medicine. Draining standing water. Improving sanitation. Every person can take steps to prevent malaria deaths, from protective measures to taking swift action when malaria symptoms begin.
- Treatment: Improving infrastructure—There are literally hundreds of churches, schools, hospitals and clinics operated by The United Methodist Church in Africa, but what good are they if medicines to treat malaria aren’t available? We’ll make sure these facilities have the diagnostic tests and treatment needed to save lives.
- Education: Reaching out to those who need it most—We trained thousands of local people in African communities to teach their communities about avoiding malaria. For example in Sierra Leone, Angola, Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of the Congo, these workers went door-to-door to deliver bed nets, installed them in homes and taught people how to properly use and care for the nets.
- Communications: And finally, your support helps upgrade communications networks throughout the continent. Building new radio stations and providing hand-crank and solar-powered radios will ensure we are reaching great numbers of people with life-saving information about malaria.
You may contribute at any time during Annual Conference by giving your offering to one of our ushers, who will be easily identifiable in their bright orange vests.
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