Conference exceeds Imagine No Malaria goal, saves 100,536+ lives!

UPDATE NOTE: Virginia Conference churches ended 2015 having raised $1,030,070.56 for Imagine No Malaria, saving more than 103,007 lives and further exceeding the goal of raising $1 million to save 100,000+ lives from malaria, a preventable and treatable disease.

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As of Sept. 30, Virginia Conference churches had raised $1,005,364.30 for Imagine No Malaria, saving more than 100,536 lives and exceeding the conference goal of raising $1 million to save 100,000+ lives from malaria, a preventable and treatable disease.

"This is a great day," said Bishop Young Jin Cho when he received the news from Maria Maxwell, Imagine No Malaria field coordinator for the Virginia Conference. "Thank God for all the churches," Cho said, "from the little children to all the others who joined this effort."

(Pictured ) To celebrate the occasion, Maxwell presented Bishop Cho with a one-of-a-kind stole made from an "Every Life Save a Life" t-shirt by Karen McElfish from Mount Olivet UMC in Arlington. Click here to view video of the presentation.

"First, I want to express my thanks to every church, faith community, campus ministry, Sunday school class, youth group, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, retreat and conference group," Bishop Cho wrote in a letter sent to all United Methodists in the Virginia Conference, "and last but not least every individual who accepted the challenge and made a contribution to truly allow EVERY LIFE TO SAVE A LIFE!"

He also thanked members of the Imagine No Malaria Committee as well as "lay and clergy leaders, district superintendents, pastors, and teachers who accepted this challenge and inspired others to give so that together we could do more than any of us can do alone.

"Finally, I want to express my personal thanks as your bishop in allowing me to walk with you in this effort," he wrote. "I have been inspired and encouraged by your selfless expression as disciples of Jesus Christ to truly transform the world!"

See complete text of Bishop Cho's letter below.

Click here to download a copy of letter from Bishop Cho. (pdf)

Pastors and laity at the 2014 Virginia Annual Conference voted to support The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria initiative and set a goal to raise $1 million in the next year to save at least 100,000 lives from the deadly disease. Every church and every United Methodist in the Virginia Conference were urged to take part. Theme of the initiative was "Every Life Save a Life."

September 30, 2015

Dear Friends,

Some 15 months ago I stood before you at annual conference and challenged you to join me in prayer and commitment to save lives through our denominational initiative “Imagine No Malaria”

I now can share with you, after accepting a challenge to save 100,000 + lives the Virginia Annual Conference has reached that goal and beyond! We are now living into the PLUS (+)!

As of today we have raised $1,005,364.30!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

First, I want to express my thanks to every church, faith community, campus ministry, Sunday school class, youth group, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, retreat and conference group, and last but not least every individual who accepted the challenge and made a contribution to truly allow EVERY LIFE TO SAVE A LIFE!

Second, I want to express my deep gratitude for the prayerful commitment of our United Methodist connection: Rev. Glenn Rowley, Maria Maxwell, Becky Tate, the entire Imagine No Malaria Committee (Beth Christian, Derrick Parson, Emmanuel Nkrumah, Linda Rhodes, Marilyn Heckstall, Mike Maxwell, Shirley Cauffman, Steve Jones and Tim Craig), lay and clergy leaders, district superintendents, pastors, and teachers who accepted this challenge and inspired others to give so that together we could do more than any of us can do alone.

Finally, I want to express my personal thanks as your bishop in allowing me to walk with you in this effort. I have been inspired and encouraged by your selfless expression as disciples of Jesus Christ to truly transform the world!

Let’s not stop there. Your gifts can still make a difference.

In prayer and thanksgiving,

 

 

Young Jin Cho

 

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