Nearly there… ARUMC passes $950k mark toward million-dollar Imagine No Malaria goal

EVERY LITTLE BIT MATTERS: These Imagine No Malaria offering boxes are available in limited quantity and at no charge from the Arkansas Conference; contact Martha Taylor (mtaylor@arumc.org) to request some. Additional boxes are available for free online at www.imaginenomalaria.org and http://shop.umc.org/giving, as are several other free promotional items for local churches. More resources are coming soon, including materials for remembering Imagine No Malaria during Lent. AUM PHOTO BY AMY FORBUS

EVERY LITTLE BIT MATTERS: These Imagine No Malaria offering boxes are available in limited quantity and at no charge from the Arkansas Conference; contact Martha Taylor (mtaylor@arumc.org) to request some. Additional boxes are available for free online at www.imaginenomalaria.org and http://shop.umc.org/giving, as are several other free promotional items for local churches. More resources are coming soon, including materials for remembering Imagine No Malaria during Lent.
AUM PHOTO BY AMY FORBUS

By Martha Taylor
Special Contributor

The new year is looking bright for the Arkansas Conference’s Imagine No Malaria effort. The latest numbers from Conference treasurer Todd Burris and Imagine No Malaria headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., show that as of Nov. 15, the Conference is within $43,000 of its $1 million goal.

The total includes financial gifts already given and pledges that have yet to be fulfilled. Organizers of the three-year effort set June 2015 as the deadline for crossing the $1 million threshold.

“As I have come to fully expect, United Methodists in Arkansas are making a huge contribution to this effort,” Bishop Gary E. Mueller wrote in a recent letter. “We are close to achieving our goal, just as the United Methodist Church is getting closer and closer to its $75 million goal.”

The Imagine No Malaria effort captured the hearts of United Methodists across the country with the 2006 launch of “Nothing But Nets.” In 2010, that campaign gave way to Imagine No Malaria, which expanded the scope and sustainability of the work. Overall, $65 million has been given or pledged.

The numbers are astonishing. In eight years, malaria deaths in Africa have dropped by 50 percent; 2.3 million insecticide-treated bed nets have been distributed; more than 11,600 local community health workers have been trained; more than 300 health facilities are in operation; and 13 health boards that serve 16 African countries have been established.

Availability of many free resources helps to keep the effort front and center here in Arkansas and across the denomination. An Advent toolkit was made available that included worship graphics, Facebook page banners, website graphics and an Advent video. The attention-getting bright green rubber bracelets, temporary tattoos and offering envelopes are just a few of the free materials local churches can order online at http://shop.umc.org/giving.

A Lenten toolkit is in production and will be available in early 2015. The toolkit will likely include worship graphics, digital images for local church websites and social media pages, a daily devotional, Lenten calendar and educational materials for children and youth.

The Rev. Taylor, Arkansas Conference storyteller, also works with marketing and training initiatives for the Conference.

United Methodists of Arkansas are poised to top $1 million raised for Imagine No Malaria well before the three-year initiative comes to a close at Annual Conference 2015. Special thanks to the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas for providing matching funds for the first one-third of the goal.

United Methodists of Arkansas are poised to top $1 million raised for Imagine No Malaria well before the three-year initiative comes to a close at Annual Conference 2015. Special thanks to the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas for providing matching funds for the first one-third of the goal.