Exciting news! Lake Lucerne is joining a great fundraising effort for the summer! What started as a trial effortat partner in ministry, Pine Lake, is being added to Lake Lucerne as well! As a way to raise awareness for checking for ticks (there seems to be a lot this year), our camps are seeking donors to sponsor an amount for each tick summer campers and their staff find on them. For each tick they find, a donation will be made to Imagine No Malaria. INM is an organization working hard to eradicate malaria from Africa. Lake Lucerne and Pine Lake are joining the Wisconsin Annual Conference in this effort and our camps are excited to see how much they can raise for this great cause!  For starters, each tick campers find will be worth $.05. But you can help us raise that amount! Will you consider adding to the cause? If you are interested, please contact Nick Coenen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..We will make sure your sponsorship is well known to campers so they can be motivated to keep ticks off them all summer, and to help a very worthy cause!

Dr. Philippe Okonda Akasa, health coordinator for The United Methodist Church in East Congo, spends much of his time battling effects of malaria. Still, one of the most dramatic stories he tells has nothing to do with malaria. And everything to do with Imagine No Malaria. Click here to read more.

The First United Methodist Kenosha children’s Sunday School raised $800 by selling handmade mosquitoes for Imagine No Malaria! An additional $1000 was funded through a mission committee donation. "We are very proud of our children’s hard work," Director of Christian Education Ellen Kupfer said. Thank you, First UMC, for your dedication to saving lives!

As a result of fundraising at Annual Conference, Nicole Wilken, Field Coordinator for Imagine No Malaria (INM), announced the new total of donations given for year one of Wisconsin's INM campaign is $692,635. This figure includes the dollars raised prior to Annual Conference (AC) this past year, as well as from the AC Imagine No Malaria auction ($15,780), sale of Bishop bobbleheads, t-shirts, African bracelets, donations, as well as the $10,000 matching grant from the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation. The total amount of INM church and individual donations brought to/made at AC was $32,925.08!

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung began the Imagine No Malaria (INM) celebration at Annual Conference by praising the progress we have made this year. Bishop said, “There are so many exciting transitions happening in the Wisconsin Conference. From Imagining Wisconsin Anew to redistricting, and so much more – we are glad that Imagine No Malaria has been a big part of this year too. He said that in the midst of change, “we came together as a Conference and have already raised over $650,000 toward our $1 million goal. That’s over 65,000 lives saved in just this year alone. As we look toward the second year of the campaign, we reflect and celebrate the ways that churches and individuals all across the state have come together to support Imagine No Malaria this year. Click here to view the Thank You video.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Olusimbo Ige, the director of Global Health at the General Board of Global Ministries, to this year’s Annual Conference. Dr. Ige is a public health physician from Nigeria, where she has worked with government health programs at the local, state and national levels. She also served there as a consultant on infectious diseases with the World Health Organization, USAID and others, and as a lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Ibadan. Click here to read more about Dr. Ige, who will be speaking during the Imagine No Malaria presentation on Saturday afternoon, and will also be attending the dinner that evening. Please give a warm welcome to Dr. Ige!

Cargill UMC is celebrating more than $4,980 raised for Imagine No Malaria! Their first annual Bike for No Malaria last month raised $685 for INM. Click here to see photos from the day.

On February 22nd, Circuit 34 had its annual Chili Cook-Off and Auction at the Johnson Creek Community Center. Pastor Ron from Watertown started the event with folk singing to get everyone in the spirit of things. Then the tasting and the competition for the chilis began. Competition was fierce as each of the six churches brought a Nesco full of chili. This year, Concord UMC took home the prize of the special oven mitt. The chili cook-off was followed by a lively auction led by Auctioneer Stan Jones. An interesting collection of items for the auction had been donated by members of the six congregations. All proceeds from the auction benefitted Imagine No Malaria. Over $1,200 was raised from the auction! Circuit 34 is made up of Concord, Johnson Creek, Marshall, Sullivan Lonsdale, Waterloo, and Watertown Christ UMCs.

Racine: Trinity UMC held several fundraisers for Imagine No Malaria (INM) in the past year. The church had a Super Bowl Pringle Can Campaign, an Ice Bucket Challenge last Fall, and several other events. Racine: Trinity has raised over $1,824 to help Imagine No Malaria since Annual Conference last year. Racine: Trinity is excited to continue this fight along with our Bishop and Conference for another year. Thank you, Racine: Trinity, for your dedication to saving lives through INM!

In a statement this week, Bishop Jung said, "We praise God for the work of Imagine No Malaria (INM) and for the work of Wisconsin United Methodist Churches and people to raise funds and awareness for this life-saving project. So far, over 48,000 lives have been saved by the work of the churches all across the state. And we know that we can make it to our goal of saving 100,000 lives. With passion and commitment to that goal, we are excited to announce that the INM campaign has been extended for another year – ending at Annual Conference 2016. As part of the denomination-wide $75 million effort, we stand strong in our commitment to raise $1 million and save 100,000 lives for this important ministry of the UMC. Imagine No Malaria’s life-saving programs focus on equipping and empowering the people of Africa with the tools, treatment, and education they need to eliminate the threat of malaria in their communities. Wisconsin churches that have not been involved or could do more are encouraged to do so. Visit www.ImagineNoMalariaWI.org for more information and resources to get involved. In just the last eight years, malaria deaths have been cut in half. But we still have more to do until the work is done. Thank you for your continued commitment to this incredible change."

It’s that time of year again – Vacation Bible School season is almost upon us! If your VBS theme is "G-Force", "Everest", "Weird Animals", or more - make sure to check out the Imagine No Malaria VBS supplement lessons and activities available at www.ImagineNoMalariaWI.org/resources.

Salem United Methodist Church recently held a car wash to benefit Imagine No Malaria (INM). The event raised more than $300, and as a church they have raised more than $5000 for INM! Salem UMC has been active in their INM campaign since March. Thank you, Salem UMC, for your dedication to saving lives! Click here and here to read more from the church and to see pictures.

Our INM Walk Sites in Berlin and Centuria were recently featured in their local newspapers, and we’ve also added pictures from more walks to our Flickr pages! Click here to view the walks, and thanks again to all those who made the walks successful!

The Rev. Jennifer Long delivered a healthy baby boy even after she was diagnosed with malaria four months into her pregnancy. The experience taught the Imagine No Malaria field coordinator first-hand about the disease. "I couldn't help but think of the 3,000 mothers who were holding their babies that day, as (the infants) were dying of malaria, simply because they lived on the other side of the ocean," she said. Watch video. Read story.

Thank you to everyone who participated in or supported the Imagine No Malaria (INM) Walks in honor of World Malaria Day! In total, over 1,000 miles were logged with collected donations benefiting the life-saving work of INM! A special thank you to the 17 churches and planning teams around the state who hosted the Walks. These sites came up with some awesomely creative ways to make these events fun and memorable – from face paint and costumes, to food trucks and a full African dinner! To see photos from the Walks, click here.