During the 2017 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference, Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. will lead the celebration for what our congregations have done to save lives through our mission focus, Imagine No Malaria.
At our 2016 annual conference, Swanson set the goal for the Mississippi Conference to provide 100,000 mosquito nets for Imagine No Malaria by the 2017 annual conference mission offering. Churches are asked to collect generous offerings for the conference mission service in support of this great effort.
Churches that are ready to turn in their donations are urged to mail their gifts to the Mississippi Conference treasurer.
Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 1603
Jackson, MS 39215
Be sure to make checks payable to the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church with "Imagine No Malaria" in the memo line.
Recognition slips noting funds received will be mailed to each church in mid-May for placing in the offering baskets during the mission service. Of course, additional funds are welcome in the offering baskets.
Throughout this past year, churches in our conference have raised funds to beat the preventable and treatable disease of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the United States in the 1950s. However, in sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a child every two minutes.
By improving the ways people fight the disease using bed nets, providing access to diagnostic tests and medicine, draining standing water and improving sanitation, Imagine No Malaria has already helped reduce malaria deaths by more than half. Imagine No Malaria combines integrated health infrastructure, education and advocacy to address death and the debilitating effects of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.
An Imagine No Malaria booth will be set up during the conference. If your church would like more information about how to support this arm of The United Methodist Church, the Mississippi Conference field coordinator, Charity Gordon, will be there to answer questions. You can also learn more about how to help beat malaria here.
The United Methodist Church goal to raise $75 million to eradicate malaria in places like sub-Saharan Africa started in 2008.