Imagine helping to save 100,000 people from death by malaria. Imagine being a part of a movement that is working to eliminate malaria from the continent of Africa. Imagine United Methodists in North Alabama giving $1,000,000 for the purpose of malaria-related education, prevention and medical care. We are doing more than imagining these kinds of possibilities. We are helping them to become realities.
The North Alabama Conference’s family of churches and individuals has joined with many other United Methodists around the world to partner with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation in this effort to defeat malaria once and for all. We celebrated at Annual Conference 2015 that we have reached our goal of $1,000,000 in gifts and pledges for the Imagine No Malaria Initiative.
What a blessing that Mr. Charlie Carlton, Executive Director of the United Methodist Foundation, and the North Alabama District Lay Leaders led us in raising the $1,000,000 for Imagine No Malaria. The Imagine No Malaria Steering team includes: Ray Alexander*, Charlie Carlton*, Sherill Clontz, Denise Cone*, Teresa Harris*, Charlie Hayes, Gail Hiett*, Linda Holland, Zollie Holt, Adlene Kufarimai, Matt Lacey, Steve Lyles*, Thomas Muhomba, Leigh Murphy*, Bob Neighbors*, Keith Russell*, Richard Stryker, Cathy Williams* and Betty Zoller*. (* designates the District Lay Leaders).
Thank you to Charlie Carlton and the team for all that they have done in helping us to move from imagining to action. Many kudos also go to Rev. Adlene Kufarimai for serving in the role of North Alabama Conference Field Coordinator for Imagine No Malaria and to Conference staff representative Matt Lacey.
As always, it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett