District Committee on Ministry
Traverse Bay UMC
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|Imagine No Malaria: A Message From Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey|
Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ!
In Philippians 2:4, God calls upon us to care for our brothers and sisters around the world; "Let each of you look not only to his own interest, but also to the interests of others." Now, I invite all United Methodists in Michigan to hear God's call to put their faith into action and help end a deadly disease delivered by a common mosquito bite.
In the last half century, we have been blessed to see the end of small pox, measles and polio. As recently as 1952, malaria was completely eradicated in the United States following a brief 5-year campaign. For our brothers and sisters around the world, it remains a heartbreaking story. Every 60 seconds, one of God's children still dies from this preventable disease. Each year, more than 660,000 people die and more than 220 million people suffer debilitating illness and financial hardship as a result of malaria.
In 2008, The United Methodist Church launched Imagine No Malaria, an effort to end malaria in Africa through prevention, education, communication and treatment. We have been a leader in this fight and in 5 short years we have already cut the death rate in half.
A small $10 donation will save one life. The Detroit Annual Conference and the West Michigan Annual Conference approved an effort to invite every United Methodist Church in Michigan to save the life of one person in Africa for every member of their faith community. Our Michigan Area goal is to save 150,000 lives by December 2014 by raising $1.5 million.
We are always strongest as a church, when we work together for a common goal. With God's help, we will save more than 150,000 lives in Africa and contribute to this historic effort to end a deadly global disease in our lifetime.
For more information please go to: www.minomalaria.org
|Typhoon Haiyan: Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest storm ever to make landfall, battered parts of the Philippines on Friday, November 8, 2013.|
With sustained winds of 195 mph, the category 5 storm cut a swath of devastation across the tip of Cebu and tore through the three large island provinces of Samar, Leyte and Bohol. UMCOR, the relief agency of The United Methodist Church, is working with partners in the Philippines to provide assistance following the typhoon.
United Methodists across the globe are in solidarity with the people in the Philippines and all those affected, offering prayers, support and aid.
Read the latest news about the Church's commitment to long-term recovery efforts. Donate to the cause at UMCOR's website: www.umc.org Disaster Response, International (#982450): Typhoon Haiyan (sub-designation). You can also text the word UMCOR to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation.