Bridge of Love Raises more than $61,000
November 05, 2013
Churches across the California-Nevada Annual Conference raised $61,067 for the 2013 Annual Conference Session offering "Bridge of Love to Angola." This surpassed the goal of $50,000. In February, Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. challenged the 360 churches of the annual conference to raise $50,000 for a mission project by the June session in Sacramento to aid in the reconstruction of a medical clinic in Bom Jesus, Angola.
Bishop Brown wrote, "As an annual conference, we are embarking on an endeavor that will help to empower our brothers and sisters in Angola and aid in the reconstruction of a medical clinic in Bom Jesus." He added, "This clinic is a key outpost for our global United Methodist campaign to eradicate malaria on the continent of Africa. Restoring this clinic is a high priority for our partner conference, the West Angola Annual Conference."
The campaign began in Lent and concluded with a presentation from the children of the annual conference during the June session in Sacramento.
The Bom Jesus clinic was abandoned during the civil war when most people and church members fled to the city. It is the focal point for the medical and health care ministry of the Methodist Church in Angola. It is the site where Bishop Brown participated in the distribution of treated mosquito nets in the fall of 2012 and is the only clinic suitable for quick restoration. The community is poor and desperately needs medical care in addition to nets.
Repairs to the clinic include, but are not limited to, roof and ceiling repairs, window and door security improvements, painting, and utility repairs and medical clinic equipment and supplies are needed.
Diane Knudsen, Conference Treasurer and Director of Administration, says, "This is a huge accomplishment for our annual conference." Knudsen said the annual conference offering is usually around $30,000. In five months, more than 100 churches contributed to the offering raising approximately $54,000 with an additional $7,000 coming from individual contributions. "Because of the faithful people and giving in our annual conference, lives will be enriched in West Angola."
The mission offering was the springboard to launch the California-Nevada Annual Conference's Imagine No Malaria Campaign. The goal of the effort is save 200,000 lives by raising $2 million over a two-year period. Imagine No Malaria is denominational initiative to put faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother.
For more information about California-Nevada's Imagine No Malaria effort, log on to www.calnevimagine.org, or contact Dr. Sasha Arjannikova, Field Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.