Conferences Push Malaria Goal Past $26 Million
December 06, 2012
By Sandra Long Weaver
WASHINGTON —As Imagine No Malaria advocacy days on Capitol Hill got underway on Monday, Dec. 3, Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chair of the Global Health Initiatives, told morning worshippers that the campaign is well on its way past the $26 million goal by Jan. 31, 2013 and moving toward the $40 million by June 2013.
God's presence within us is what enables us to do more than we can imagine, Bickerton, of the Western Pennsylvania area, told more than 100 worshippers in the chapel of the United Methodist Building.
"We are able to accomplish far more than we can imagine" because God is able to equip us with what we need to do our work," said Bickerton.
Bickerton announced the campaign has received additional pledges in the last 10 days. Those pledges include: Desert Southwest conference, $2 million; Holston conference, $1 million; and Arkansas conference, $1.1 million. In addition, there are pledges of $1.2 million from the Rocky Mountain conference and $2 million from the Iowa conference. There also is a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor.
The promise from Luke 21:25-36 is big enough to sustain us, the bishop said, "big enough to end malaria. The promise brings peace to a troubled soul and makes the United Methodist Church mission statement comes alive."
There is a seed in your soul planted by the Lord God, Bickerton said. "It will grow; water it, nuture it, believe that it exists. You will make a bold expression of belief."
More than 100 Imagine No Malaria advocates, including United Methodist members from 29 states, 40 annual conferences and five participants from Africa, met with members of Congress to urge continued global health funding Dec. 3-4.
"The future of Congressional funding to global health, including fighting malaria, is in jeopardy," warned Bickerton last week. "The U.S. has been the world leader in global health aid, inspiring other countries to step up their support. To cut this critical funding would mean unnecessary suffering and loss of life from this preventable disease."
Bickerton took time last week to answer questions about the Imagine No Malaria campaign and The United Methodist Church. Click here to read more.