Ms. Bonnie Marden Joins the Conference INM Campaign as Field Coordinator
In 2012, The New England Annual Conference adopted RS-206
designating Imagine No Malaria as a conference-wide mission project, with a specific vision for building awareness and participation in the campaign. The Imagine No Malaria Task Force has been bringing the vision into reality, leading the campaign by working faithfully to lay a strong foundation for the New England Imagine No Malaria effort.
The New England Annual Conference joins other Annual Conferences across the country by designating a Field Coordinator to manage the next phase of the Imagine No Malaria Campaign. In an exciting collaboration, the United Methodist Foundation of New England is offering its support to the campaign by generously “loaning” Foundation Development Associate Bonnie Marden to serve the conference in the INM Field Coordinator role for the next phase of the conference campaign.
||“Bonnie brings her significant conference leadership experience and her mission heart to this role,” said Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar. “We are pleased to have her join the team to coordinate our conference-wide effort in the Imagine No Malaria campaign. I ask our congregations and church members to kindly pray for her and for the entire team overseeing this campaign, and also to open your hearts to the ways God may be inviting you to support this life-saving initiative.”
Imagine No Malaria is supported by partnerships with the World Health Organization, the UN Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and together with the participation of our United Methodist Churches, we will continue to take strides to save lives, especially children and pregnant women who are often most vulnerable to the disease. Dozens of New England churches and donors have already offered their talents and creativity, and thanks to their leadership the New England Conference INM campaign is already well underway.
In this next phase of the campaign, Task Force members and additional volunteers will become the Imagine No Malaria Network across the conference to coordinate and invite individuals, churches, and agencies to join this endeavor. Network Ambassadors will be available to local churches, clusters, district events and community groups wishing to learn more about Imagine No Malaria.
INM Activities at Annual Conference
Imagine No Malaria is the key mission project for this year at the New England Annual Conference sessions, with a number of events and opportunities to learn about and support the campaign, including:
- Display in the Chapel Lobby – Information, resources, silent auction, Miles for Mission race info and sign-up, and ticket sales for the September 28, 2013 New England Revolution soccer game, with a portion of the ticket sales to benefit INM.
- Learning Center – Thursday 10:00 AM. Imagine No Malaria: How Many Lives, with Bishop Cliff Ives and the INM Team. Olsen Science Center Rm 126.
- Miles for Mission 5K Fun Run & Walk – Friday at 5:00 PM.
- Ordination Service Offering – Designated for Imagine No Malaria.
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary initiative by the people of the United Methodist Church to reduce the preventable malaria deaths in Africa. Building on the success of Nothing But Nets, the Imagine No Malaria campaign expands the vision and the effort to include a comprehensive approach of prevention, treatment, education, and communication. Already death rates have been cut in half; from one malaria death every 30 seconds to one every 60 seconds. But the battle continues.
Imagine No Malaria is an Advance project (#3021190) through the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. For more information on the New England Conference Imagine No Malaria campaign, the INM Network, local church campaign stories, and to learn more about ways to get involved and support the Conference Imagine No Malaria effort, visit www.neumc.org/INM
About the New England Conference
The New England Conference of The United Methodist Church (www.neumc.org
) includes more than 600 United Methodist and federated congregations in Eastern Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Ms. Alexx Wood, Director of Communications
Ms. Bonnie Marden, INM Field Coordinator