More than 100 children gathered for Vacation Bible School at Dodge City First United Methodist Church this summer and learned about the frightening disease in Africa and other parts of the world called malaria.
As the children learned that mosquitoes cause malaria and that they could help stop the mosquitoes, they became very excited to help. Over the course of the five-evening VBS, children brought $558 dollars in offerings, some emptying their banks from home to bring their money and help stop malaria.
“This was our congregation’s initial effort for Imagine No Malaria,” said Lance Carrithers, pastor of the church. “We decided that our children would lead us, which would create more awareness and excitement around the Imagine No Malaria campaign.
“My hope is that in the future, after malaria has been eradicated, these children will remember and say, “I was part of that. I gave money to wipe out malaria when I went to Bible school.”
Future events in the Dodge City congregation will get more adults and youth involved in the campaign.
“We are planning a special fundraiser during our annual fall Tailgate Party at the end of September,” said Carrithers. “Our youth are planning it, and we hope many will become involved and give joyfully.”