Local Church Stories

Stories from our local churches

For almost 200 years, The United Methodist Church has operated hospitals and clinics throughout Africa. These facilities are a vital and trusted part of the healthcare delivery system on the continent. We are in many hard-to-reach places, beyond the reach of many aid organizations, sometimes even governments.

Now, United Methodists from all over the world are joing the effort to prevent, treat, and ultimately eradicate malaria. New England United Methodists have taken up this cause, and here are some of the stories of the creative ways our churches are participating in the Imagine No Malaria campaign.

If your church has a story to share, send the information and a photo or two to Bonnie Marden, Imagine No Malaria Field Coordinator, at bonnie@umfne.org


More Nets = More Lives at Holbrook UMC

In April 2014, Holbrook UMC in Holbrook, MA started a collection jar for Imagine No Malaria. They have placed a large empty water jug in the foyer and ask congregants and visitors to donate any amount of money to the INM campaign. This is separate from the INM offering normally collected during services. Holbrook UMC pledges to save at least 50 lives for INM in 2014.

Zion Korean UMC in Warwick, RI Supports Imagine No Malaria

Rev. Hyuk Seonwoo from Zion KUMC joined the 5K walks/runs two times during the 2012 and 2013 New England Annual Conferences. On the following Sundays, he led worship services wearing the INM t-shirts, and invited worshippers to pray for the INM campaign.

Since the 2013 Annual Conference, Zion members have been consistently invited to pray for and participate in the INM campaign. Every Sunday, Imagine No Malaria is introduced on the worship bulletin and projected onto the screen with PowerPoint slides. The United Methodist resources for Imagine No Malaria, which include Korean resources, have been immensely helpful.

Zion KUMC also participated in the UMC #GivingTuesday on December 3, 2013. It was a great opportunity to build awareness and support for the INM campaign.

Northside Donates Shoes for Imagine No Malaria

(Northside UMC in Brewster, MA)

On Labor Day weekend in September, Northside United Methodist Church in Brewster, MA decided to take a stand and make a difference by supporting Imagine No Malaria. It all began on Sunday, September 1st with a Shoe Drive. When Northside first looked into how to help Imagine No Malaria, they came upon an organization called Rerun Shoes in Holyoke, MA, who were already in support of the Imagine No Malaria campaign...

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Enfield, Connecticut UMC's Birthday Party Bugged!

Family and friends reveled and swatted with joy last month in support of Imagine No Malaria. Partyers dressed as mosquitos and helped raise funds for Imagine No Malaria.

Enfield UMC raised over $1,000 for Imagine No Malaria in a single day. Think of what your church could do!


Bradley Memorial UMC Squashes Mosquitos in Maine

Children at Bradley Memorial UMC in Fryeburg Harbor, Maine squashed mosquitos by building Imagine No Malaria kits. Each donation of ten dollars got one kit for the children to assemble. The kits included a pipe-cleaner mosquito to be put together, some other resources, and a paper cutout of a person. The paper people were placed on a poster as a visual representation of how many lives had been saved.

In addition to the mosquito kits, Bradley UMC also keeps an Imagine No Malaria donation jar on their back altar, and donates proceeds from their suppers as well.

The children love doing their part to eradicate malaria. Bradley UMC's youngest parishioner even wrote a note to the pastor: "Dear Pastor Cathy, We had the best time squashing those mosquitos".


Imagine No Malaria New England Shout Outs!

Congratulations and thanks for these testimonials which represent some of the amazing ways New England is buzzing about Imagine No Malaria:

Willard and Joyce Robinson and Ballardvale UMC, Andover MA for raising $600 and saving 60 lives in honor of their 60th Wedding Anniversary!

Lidstone UMC in Washburn Maine crossed the $500 mark in fundraising this fall. We set up a white elephant table in conjunction with the UMW Christmas Craft sale and also sold Christmas balls decked out in netting and handed out info on INM. Our butterfly nets at the front of the church have raised $162 in spare change from our wonderful congregation and on December 7th at our first ever Advent festival we plan to invite area elementary children to make Christmas crafts and INM mosquitos while giving them some info on what they can do to help.

First UMC, Stafford Springs, CT for their Imagine No Malaria emphasis, including weekly visits from Rita Mosquita during Children's Moments, word puzzles about Malaria, mosquito games to get rid of those lethal bugs, and a testimonal from malaria survivor (as 9 year old child of missionary family). One 5 year old parishioner said, "I believe in Jesus and I want to give half my money (in his piggy bank) to help save the lives of the children in Africa." All the children were proud to bring in their money for this cause.

Ambassador Kristine Anderson has engaged people at UMass Boston, the Dedham Farmers Market, and at Bentley College by sharing information about INM. 'Hearing their stories of surviving malaria themselves or their family members surviving malaria has been a Blessing. I look forward to reaching out to others in the community and in our local churches." Read Sarah's story (DOC) shared with Kristine by a Bentley student.

John Street UMC Imagines No Malaria

(John Street UMC in Camden, ME)

November 14, 2013 —Entering the John Street United Methodist Church at 98 John Street, Camden, one is struck by the sight of green bows pinned to the backs of many of the red chairs. Then, eyes gazing toward the chancel, a hanging “veil” at the front of the church is visible. Each green bow on a chair represents a $10 contribution.  Each $10 donated equals a life saved...

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No Age Limit for Giving

(Trinity UMC in Denver, CO)

October 9, 2013 — Emily (not her real name), a Colorado fifth-grader, was looking forward to how she would spend her birthday money – that is, until she was inspired to do something that would prompt her entire church to give extravagantly.

Up until recently, Emily had about $300 in the bank. A hundred of those precious dollars was a gift from her grandparents on her 11th birthday. She had lots plans for that big bill—new clothes, music for her IPod and an international Barbie doll. Then something happened that changed her spending priorities – and saved thousands of lives.

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Excitement Over Malaria

(Grace UMC in Essex Junction, VT)

February 21, 2013 — My excitement over Malaria a started with me sitting in the front seat of my dad’s car, shoes off, legs crossed, music in my ears, and the Annual Conference book open to the Learning Centers. My dad and I had headed out early that Wednesday morning for Gordon College. My dad told me to pick out 3 or 4 Learning Center programs for us to attend the next day. So far I had chosen Cancer Support Group and Congregational Development. I was interested in these but not too excited about them. I was just about to close the book when I saw, “Imagine No Malaria.” I’m not sure why that popped out at me, but I decided to definitely go to that one...

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Belmont-Watertown Hoop Shootout Raises Thousands for Imagine No Malaria

(Belmont-Watertown UMC in Belmont, MA)

October 29, 2013 — For the past 6 years, members of the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church in Belmont, MA have been working to eradicate malaria in Africa. There has been great progress so far. When the church's work first began, malarial deaths in Africa occurred every thirty seconds. The rate of death by malaria has now been cut in half – one death every minute. Although this is a great step in the right direction, there is much more work to be done. The church wants to see malaria completely eradicated...

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Submit your story

Have a story about from your church regarding the Imagine No Malaria campaign?

If your church has a story to share, send the information and a photo or two to Bonnie Marden, Imagine No Malaria Field Coordinator, at bonnie@umfne.org