Over the Aug. 3-4 weekend, the Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton focused on how we all can be a part of changing the world by raising money for Imagine No Malaria. We had a special guest, Carol Russell who is a missionary from Africa. She shared her story with us. We also took a special offering and held a luncheon.
In addition, the congregation partnered with the 4A State Champion Holton wrestling team and Jackson County wrestling team to co-sponsor a wrestling invitational event at Holton High School. Evangel UMC’s very own Pat Grindol, music minister, and Devin Sanchez will wrestled against one another along with a number of exhibition matches of the State Champion Holton Wildcats. It was a classic battle of youth and wisdom. No matter what the outcome of the match was, eradicating malaria wins.
We partnered with our Holton High School wrestling coaches and athletes because they recognize that their leadership means more than sports, and they are called to change our community and the world for the better.
It was a great way to bring the community together around an amazing initiative of eradicating malaria. We raised awareness and also $1,460 for Imagine No Malaria.
Rev. Dennis Paschke is the senior pastor at Holton Evangel UMC.