Milestone reached toward Imagine No Malaria goal

The Arkansas Conference is heading for the finish line more than 15 months ahead of schedule in achieving its goal of raising $1 million for the Imagine No Malaria initiative.
As of December 2013, Arkansans have given more than $333,333.33 toward the goal of ending malaria deaths and illnesses by 2015. That amount is doubled thanks to a matching grant from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas, putting the Arkansas Conference at over 70 percent of its goal.
“There are so many people in so many churches that have done some incredible work to get us this far this fast,” said the Rev. David Freeman, chair of the Imagine No Malaria task force. “I am so proud of the churches of the Arkansas Conference. The Foundation’s matching gift has made all of their work a double portioned blessing.”
Initiative leaders appreciate the generosity of UMFA’s matching grant, which helped jumpstart the fund drive.
“Almost every time I turn around I see a new way the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas is extending the United Methodist witness in our state,” Bishop Gary E. Mueller said.  “And it’s happened again. I want to offer a hearty ‘thank you’ to the Foundation for its matching gift of more than $333,000 towards our Conference’s $1 million goal for Imagine No Malaria. Your visionary challenge has enabled the United Methodists of Arkansas to save lives on the other side of the globe.”
The task force believes it may be possible to meet the goal by the 2014 Annual Conference, June 19-22—a full year early, and reason to celebrate.