Bishop Ward gives thanks for all the North Carolina Annual Conference has done to “imagine no malaria” while working towards the goal of $1 million to save lives in Africa.
Grace and peace to you this day.
Thank you, generous people of the North Carolina Annual Conference. Your focus on Imagine No Malaria in Advent and Christmas is making a tremendous difference as we go over the top raising $1 million, in partnership with the goal of $75 million across The United Methodist Church. Together we imagine no malaria.
One of my favorite Christmas gifts was this lovely ornament. This mosquito is the most dangerous creature in all of Africa. When people are bitten by the mosquito and infected, malaria can have devastating consequences, but because of the efforts which you have made, the impact of malaria is lessening. We will know, in time, the exact amount raised. It continues to come in from our churches. Children across the annual conference created Christmas ornaments like this one and raised thousands of dollars so that children, like themselves, across the ocean, might live in safety and in health. We will continue to keep you updated on the webpage. We will continue to share stories of creativity and generosity. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all that you have done and are doing so that we may be full partners in this good work.
May Christ be praised and may Jesus, our great physician, be with us day by day as we continue to engage in ministries of health and wellness, in our churches and in our communities, and around the world. May God bless you, for you have been a great blessing.