That’s 210,616 lives saved. It’s 210,616 children in Africa now able to grow up and leave their mark on our world. It’s countless mothers who won’t stand over tiny graves; it’s new possibilities in medicine and communications being born; it’s hope; it’s United Methodist claiming their identity as mission people.
The census shows that the cities of Frederick, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Laurel have a combined population of 211,496. In one year, United Methodists in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, through the Imagine No Malaria campaign, raised enough money to save more people than all those who live these cities.
What can we say but “thank you!” and “praise God, from whom all blessings flow!”
In the last year, many generous individuals and 453 churches pledged and/or donated to make a difference in the world by taking on the treatable, beatable disease of malaria. Their giving came from children collecting coins in SundaySchool classes, youth holding fundraisers in church parking lots, and from adults of all ages seeking to listen to God’s call to care for those in dire need. One church at a time, we connected over the past year to do a remarkable thing. We surpassed our goal of raising $2.1 million in gifts and pledges to end malaria, and I have a feeling we may not be quite done.
I thank you for your generosity. On behalf of the children, on behalf of the mothers and fathers who can now watch their babies grow, you are to be commended. We have exceeded our goal. We are saving lives – all to the glory of God.
Here is a brief video that describes the work your gifts are enabling and a word of thanks from those who are the recipients of your faithfulness. We encourage you to share the video with your congregation with our thanks and blessings.