Almost there: Arkansas UMs closing in on Imagine No Malaria goal

The Arkansas Conference goal of saving 100,000 lives from malaria by June 2015 is in sight. According to figures provided by Conference treasurer Todd Burris, total donations and pledges have reached $902,672—an increase of $12,000 since Annual Conference met in June. “It is because of the commitment of local congregations and individual donors to saving lives that we are far ahead of our two-year benchmark figure of $750,000,” said the Rev. David Freeman, chairperson of the Imagine No Malaria task force. “With continued support and emphasis on ending death and suffering by malaria, I have every confidence that we will celebrate meeting the $1 million goal at Annual Conference 2015.” To date, the denomination-wide Imagine No Malaria initiative has raised $62 million of its $75 million goal, reducing malaria deaths by 50 percent in sub-Saharan Africa. A new Imagine No Malaria website launched this summer at www.imaginenomalaria.org and has made it even easier for churches and individuals to find resources or to donate. Local churches and individuals may also contact the Rev. Martha Taylor, mtaylor@arumc.org or 501-324-8035, for ideas and resources.