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DSC Imagine No Malaria almost a reality!

by | Apr 18, 2016 | Not In USe

Robert T. Hoshibata, Resident Bishop of the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church

Robert T. Hoshibata, Resident Bishop of the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

WE DID IT! (almost!)

In 2012, the Desert Southwest Conference set out on a quest to do a monumental thing:  we decided to save 200,000 lives. We set out to raise $2,000,000 to help save lives of people, mostly children and women, who were dying of malaria, primarily in Africa. This was our goal for our participation in the IMAGINE NO MALARIA campaign of The United Methodist Church.

Through the grace of generous donations from many individuals, churches, youth groups, UMWs, UMMs, and other groups and organizations, we have reached our GOAL for pledged dollars. But our work is not quite over. Almost, but not quite. We need to turn pledged dollars into dollars in hand.

To date, of the amount that you have pledged, we have received $1,982,000. That means that we still need to receive $18,000 to complete our Conference contribution to this historic venture. We are almost there!

Now, we need to put our money where our mouth is, by sending in any contributions that have been given but not yet sent in, and by completing any efforts to invite the generosity of your congregation and your community.

I am joined by Rev. Rolly Loomis, who shepherded our Conference Imagine No Malaria initiative at its inception and logged countless hours and miles inviting generous giving and to Rev. Dan and Dr. Polly Turner who likewise traveled and spoke on behalf of the initiative as they took over this responsibility. We want to say,

“THANK YOU for your faithful generosity!”

I have every confidence that we will meet and even top our target of $2,000,000 soon. I invite you to join us at Annual Conference as we sing the Mosquito Song and celebrate a job extraordinarily well done!

In Christ’s love,

Bishop Bob Hoshibata

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