Through Imagine No Malaria the United Methodist Church has developed a comprehensive response to help eliminate death and suffering caused by malaria on the continent of Africa.
At 2013 Annual Conference Northern Illinois committed to raise at least $1,000,000 and save 10,000 lives, through Church Wide Goals, pledges and donations by April 25 2014 (World Malaria Day). Money will be turned in by the end of 2016.
Bishop Sally Dyck Challenges Churches in Northern Illinois to raise $100 for each person who regularly attends worship. Every $100 saves a life, and can help end death and suffering caused by malaria.
To reach our goal we need the creativity, energy and work of all the people called United Methodists.
Northern Illinois Conference INM taskforce can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org INM Contact Information (Who to call)
Faith-based groups, including The United Methodist Church, are reaching 'the last mile' in rural Africa... 'We serve where no one else exists. Where there are not any non-government organizations, there's no United Nations -- deep, deep off the paved road -- you'll have a church and/or a church clinic.'" ~ Shannon Trilli, Director of Global Health Initiative United Methodist Committee on Relief
- …every 60 seconds, a child in Africa dies of malaria.
- …malaria claims 627,000 lives each year.
- …infants, children and pregnant women are at greatest risk.
- …3.3 Billion people are at risk of infection each year
- ...90 percent of malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Malaria is preventable, treatable and beatable disease
Our ApproachThe United Methodist Church is using nearly 200 years experience in Africa to work against malaria. For your $100 you can impact each element of our campaign. This comprehensive approach is divided into four main parts:
PreventionWe are improving the ways people fight the disease locally: Using bed nets. Access to diagnostic tests and medicine. Draining standing water. Improving sanitation. Every person can take steps to prevent malaria deaths, from protective measures to taking swift action when malaria symptoms begin.
- When 80% of homes in a village have a bed net, rates of infection drop for the entire community
When I think about the global nature of the United Methodist Church, and the fantastic growth we have experienced in Africa, I can think of no better way to be in love and solidarity with our sisters and brothers than to eliminate this disease that steals the lives of too many of their children. Our entire church (Barrington UMC) including Noah’s Ark Preschool, Vacation Bible School, Youth Ministry, UMW, UMM and our whole leadership team have caught this vision and believe we can be a part of an amazing and effective effort. - Chris Winkler, Senior Pastor of Barrington UMC on why Barrington pledged $50,000 to Imagine No Malaria
Online: Make individual donations through www.imagineNoMalaria.org/donate. It’s the quickest and easiest way to put your gift into action.
- You will be asked for your contact information, and payment information.
- In the payment information section there is a box titled “Are you a member of The United Methodist Church or Organization?”
- When the box is checked it automatically asks you to indicate either, your church, district or annual conference. Enter your zipcode and options of local churches in our conference will be populated. The entity selected will get credit for the donation.
Church:If your contribution is part of your church’s overall campaign to support Imagine No Malaria, you can bring your donation to the designated person at the church. This person will coordinate all of the church gifts and ensure they are submitted to the Imagine No Malaria office or the Annual Conference office.
You may pay through the CONFERENCE:
You can submit your Imagine No Malaria donations along with your monthly remittance form and other apportionment and special offerings. Be sure to indicate Imagine no Malaria in the memo line of check.
Mail checks to the conference at: Northern Illinois Conference PO Box 5645 Carol Stream, IL 60197-5645
You may also submit your donations through rainbow covenant (Imagine No Malaria- Red Band) Advance # 3021190 (Please send to the PO Box above)
Or to National Office Directly: (this gets the money to those dying the fastest) UMC – Imagine No MalariaP.O. Box 440544 Nashville, TN 37244
- For a complete guide of church donations and pledge campaign click here.
- OR Set a Church Wide Goal with this form.
Mail:Individual offering envelopes can be ordered FREE from the online store. Each person may include his/her contribution and personal information. Send all gifts to:
UMC – Imagine No Malaria P.O. Box 440544 Nashville, TN 37244
All donations are tax deductible and will be confirmed with an e-mail, sent directly from the Imagine No Malaria office.
What else can I do? Resources to get you started.The Conference Volunteer Committee has worked to help compile resource that will help your church engage in this life saving ministry.
- Download our Church engagement Guide
- Select a point person or committee to lead the effort in your church - download our coordinator guide to help them start.
- Set a goal!
- Check out campaigns run by General Board of Church and Society
- Consider making UMCOR Birthing Kits and read one woman's story "Answering the Cry of Mother's"
- Imagine No Malaria worship? Check out worship resources here (hymns, prayers, and liturgy)
- or Thrive worship series here
- During Lent, we are called to pray, to sacrifice, and to give. Imagine No Malaria is an incredible opportunity to exercise that call to put our faith into action and give of ourselves so that others may live, and live more abundantly!
Would you like a speaker or presentation?
Request a Speaker with this form (mail/email it back as indicated on the form) or contact Kevin Garren, Conference INM Taskforce chair at email@example.com.
Click the education tab above for sample presentations that YOU can give
Click the media tab above for sample videos to share in worship like the one above
Vacation Bible School 2014 Supplement
- Lesson plans designed to work well with the most popular and widely used Vacation Bible School curricula are available for download here!
- Whichever curriculum pack you’ve chosen to begin with, there are activities and lessons that will work for you!
- To order a FREE Imagine No Malaria DVD, visit the UMC Store here. Check out the activities and videos below.
- Can’t find what you’re looking for? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-431-4880
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