February 12, 2015
Dear Members of the Annual Conference,
I’ve been working with Imagine No Malaria for over a year now and it’s been a time of growing in love of the people of sub-Saharan Africa and of our United Methodist connection in West Ohio and around the world. Thank you West Ohio!
Last week, in his Annual Conference Offering letter to you, Bishop Palmer asked that a "Sunday to Save Lives" be held in each and every church in our conference between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost and that I provide you some resources.
The Bishop also asked in his letter that every church across the conference "...believe and do their part in helping us to meet the remainder of our $3.5 million campaign goal" by bringing your commitments and gifts to annual conference in June. There’s a child, a parent, a friend in sub-Saharan Africa who needs your help.
Attached you’ll find some information and ideas you can use to share the life-saving work of Imagine No Malaria. In addition there are many great downloadable resources available from the www.inmohio.org website, along with stories from fellow congregations across our conference. We hope you'll use these resources and ideas to imagine a unique and personal way your church can respond.
Now I need to ask you a couple of questions.
What's a giving commitment? It's simply a gift to be given over the next 2 to 3 years to Imagine No Malaria. For example, a 3-year giving commitment at either the Barnabas level ($100 per worshipper paid over 3 years) or the Luke 9:6 level of $25,000 or more will save hundreds, if not thousands of lives. Talk with George Cooper or I if you need help or have other amounts in mind.
Thank you and I look forward to serving and helping you meet the Bishop's challenge!
My prayers walk with you,
cc: Bishop Palmer, Cabinet, Conference & District Staff