“There’s gold in them hearts,” one might say, tweaking the old expression of a prospector’s greed to evoke gratitude instead. That certainly applies to members of the Eastern PA Conference when it comes to supporting The United Methodist Church’s $75 million Imagine No Malaria global fundraising campaign.
As members were reminded recently, the conference was there to help 10 years ago when 5-year-old Katherine Cammale and her family, of Hopewell UMC in Downington, first began raising funds to buy beds nets that could help protect African children from a lethal disease. Back then malaria was snuffing out the life of a young child every 30 seconds. Now it’s every 60 seconds.
And now, with $69 million in collected gifts and pledges, we’re just $6 million away from our goal. The view gets much better and the journey easier this close to the finish line. Read More
More than 500 Eastern PA Conference members took care of unfinished business at their Annual Conference adjourned session Saturday, Nov. 14, at Bethany UMC in Macungie, Pa., approving a 2016 budget and electing delegates to the 2016 General and Northeastern Jurisdictional conferences. But beyond budgets and ballots, they also raised a surprising $40,000 for The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign, inspired by two special guests who were largely responsible for the genesis of that campaign. Continue Reading
Thanks to the efforts of United Methodists in Pennsylvania and across the connection, the church has reached 90 percent of its goal of $75 million to combat suffering and death from malaria. The three UMC bishops from across the state gathered at a press conference Nov. 16 at Camp Hill UMC in Harrisburg, to announce that the denomination has raised $68 million in cash and pledges for Imagine No Malaria.
Bishop Jeremiah Park of the Susquehanna Conference partnered with his conference in pledging $1 million to push the global campaign to that fundraising milestone. Park presented a check for 15 percent of the pledge, nearly $150,000, to Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the Western PA Conference as part of the celebration. Bickerton, who chairs the United Methodist Global Health Initiative, has led the Imagine No Malaria campaign since 2010. Read More
The United Methodist Church of West Chester (UMCWC) raised over $10,300 in 2015 to support the Imagine No Malaria campaign’s effort to eradicate malaria in Africa. Our annual “Beat the Bug” 5K Run / 2K Walk is the focal point of UMCWC’s fundraising. […]
Over 160 people joined in the West Chester UMC’s 4th annual run and walk in April 2015, the largest total since the event began in 2011. As the participation has grown, so has the sense of connection between our church and brothers and sisters in Africa.
Gerald (Jerry) Reifsnyder, part-time Local Pastor at tiny Washington Boro UMC on the Southwest District, is raising donations for a worthy cause through his own personal walk-a-thon.
The Lititz native, who will soon turn 66, took up walking on a treadmill in 2013 for health reasons. He decided to ask church members if they would be willing to sponsor him with donations for Imagine No Malaria. For three years they have supported him. They gave $800 this year, and the church’s mission council added another $200 to total an impressive $1,000.
“I press on toward the goal,” the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians, “for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14)
Indeed, the Christian life is like a race. The opportunity to do greater and greater works for God is ever before us. And we strive toward the goal of Christian perfection, fueled by our faith in Christ’s promise.