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Imagine No Malaria encourages churches to ‘give up, take up, lift up, look up’ with Lent resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2015

Nashville, Tenn.:  United Methodist congregations are encouraged to give up, take up, lift up and look up with the 2015 Imagine No Malaria Lenten resources. The downloadable materials include undated and themed sermon starters, videos, children’s messages and a sacrificial giving calendar for Lent worship.

The seven weeks of materials, which extend through Easter Sunday, feature a series of Lent-focused themes, including “Give Up Indifference,” “Give Up Excess,” “Take Up the Charge,” “Take Up the Challenge,”’ “Lift Up the Hurting,” “Lift Up The Healed,” and “Look Up to Overcome.” Additional materials include prayers, hymn suggestions, altar decoration ideas and videos to share in small groups or with the congregation.

Imagine No Malaria, an initiative from The United Methodist Church, is committed to ending death and suffering from malaria through prevention, communication, trained health workers and facilities, and grassroots education. To date, INM has raised 86 percent of its goal with more than $65 million in gifts and pledges. United Methodists across the world are working hard to reach and celebrate the initiative’s $75 million goal before the denomination’s General Conference in 2016.

Safe, secure and easy giving opportunities are available on the site so that anyone can participate and join the effort to eliminate this disease. Visitors can make one-time gifts and pledges of any amount, but many individuals participate with a recurring pledge of $28 per month over three years, to potentially save the lives of up to 100 children at risk for contracting the deadly disease.

Additionally, visitors can get a glimpse at the lives Imagine No Malaria is changing through video diaries, touching photos and new stories.

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About Imagine No Malaria
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary ministry of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting faith into action to end preventable deaths from malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. With a comprehensive approach to fighting this killer disease, Imagine No Malaria empowers the people of Africa to improve health infrastructure and achieve a sustainable victory over malaria.

 

Contact: Crystal Caviness
ccaviness@umcom.org
(615) 742-5138 (office)
(615) 306-3401 (cell)