During the 2018 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 the 2016 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference, Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. announced the conference would be contributing to Imagine No Malaria, The United Methodist church-wide effort to overcome malaria in Africa and eliminate deaths caused by this preventable disease. Swanson set the goal for the Mississippi Conference Mission Focus to provide 100,000 mosquito nets for Imagine No Malaria by the 2018 annual conference mission offering.
Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. 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.
The United Methodist Church goal to raise $75 million to eradicate malaria in places like Sub-Saharan Africa started in 2008. The funds cover the cost for prevention (bed nets), education, communication and treatment.
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.
For more information on how your church, Sunday school class, Bible study or other faith community small group can help reach the conference goal, contact the conference office at 601.354.0515. You can also learn more about how you can help beat malaria here.
Read the 2017 Imagine No Malaria Impact Report Statistics here.
Read the 2017 Comprehensive Impact Report here.