Still time to make a difference

Pipe_Cleaner_Mosquito-SC_4Web_R9KRDUFCBishop Scott Jones has announced a goal of every Kansas United Methodist congregation doing something by Dec. 31, 2013, to fight deaths from malaria by raising money for the United Methodist initiative Imagine No Malaria.

The disease kills an estimated 655,000 people each year, most of them children younger than 5 and pregnant women. Malaria is caused by a parasite transmitted through the bite of a female anopheles mosquito. But, malaria is preventable, treatable and beatable!

Here are some ideas for the remainder of 2013 to raise money for Imagine No Malaria.

October: Encourage individuals and/or families to make a fall gift of $20.13.

November: Give gifts of gratitude. What do you have to be thankful for? Give others a reason to be thankful for you! Think about creative offerings, such as encouraging people to put a $10 bill in an offering envelope and write the name on the outside of the envelope of someone or something for whom/which they are thankful. The “Thanks-givings” names can be collected and displayed, perhaps on pipe-cleaner mosquitos on a net in a common area.

December: Encourage Christmas offerings. One church in Western North Carolina raised $100,000 in a single Christmas offering! We have the power to give the gift of life.

Remember, it only takes $10 to save a life, and we’re not done yet!