Keo UMC partners with city for public health action

COURTESY PHOTO

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Keo United Methodist Church partnered recently with the City of Keo to fight mosquitos around the community and raise awareness of the potential for Zika virus. After prayer and study, church members approached the city about a cleanup project. Mayor James Pearson and the city council embraced the idea, providing planning assistance and two 20-foot trash containers. Neighbors, along with Keo area churches including Keo UMC, picked up debris from lawns and alleys and filled the trash containers three times over the course of a week. Removing lawn debris prevents mosquito eggs from hatching new mosquitos because it minimizes standing water where they grow. In addition, the city sprays for adult mosquito control. Jenny Ross, a Lonoke County Extension agent, provided information regarding mosquito abatement. The city plans another cleanup in early fall.

The cleanup project culminated in Pentecost worship with district superintendent the Rev. Richard Lancaster preaching, reminding the church that Christ goes with us to the end of the age.

—submitted by Rev. Chanda Adams