Faith in action for Jan. 11

Wesley United Methodist Church

Imagine No Malaria

Just this last week, world news reports raised concern about a drug-resistant malaria was showing up in Thailand. Malaria is a disease that we usually don’t think about in the United States, but it kills more than 655,000 people a year, most of which are children in Africa. Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa.

Wesley and Albright United Methodist churches, along with United Methodist churches all across the United States are joining in an extraordinary effort to put our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. In 2008, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church voted to raise $75 million in a partnership to save lives from malaria-related deaths in Africa through “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. The Minnesota Annual Conference’s goal is to save 180,000 lives at $1.8 million. Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshall has pledged $15,000 to the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. As of May 30, 2012, Minnesota United Methodists had committed $2,508,567 in pledges and donations which is $708,567 over our goal.

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 four emphases model:

Prevention – bed nets, pesticides and drainage of standing water

Treatment – medical supplies, medication and rapid diagnoses

Communication – hand-cranked and solar-powered radios; broadcasts of prevention information

Education – volunteer training

The United Methodist Church doesn’t just help financially but because of our extensive mission presence in Africa for more than 160 years we operate churches, school, hospitals and clinics across the continent in places where no one else will go. Other major partners in this effort are United Nations Foundation, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Together we put our faith into action to wipe out malaria in Africa.