Imagine No Malaria critter

Bishop Jung announced Wisconsin UMC’s commitment to raise $1 million in the next year for Imagine No Malaria, a campaign to eliminate deaths from malaria in Africa. Bishop Jung thanked the congregations who have already contributed to the Wisconsin campaign and challenged every UMC Church in the state to find ways to get involved. “I want to add a personal appreciation for this campaign focused on saving the lives of children,” he said. “We should be very proud to bring the campaign into Wisconsin.”

Michele Virnig, Conference Director of Communications, voiced her appreciation for Wisconsin’s commitment and introduced the leadership of Wisconsin’s team, including Nicole Wilken, Field Coordinator for Wisconsin, and Betty Mennenga, Large Donor Task Force Leader, along with Steve Polster, Assistant to the Bishop, and Rick Churan, President of the Foundation, who are members of the Large Donor Task Force.

Virnig also introduced Ashley Gish, Assistant Campaign Director of Imagine No Malaria, who said that $61 million has already been raised worldwide. “I know all of you are prepared to make a difference in this initiative,” she said. “We’re speaking up so that children in Africa have the opportunity to grow up and speak for themselves.” A representative from the National Imagine No Malaria campaign, Ashley Gish, spoke of the importance of this initiative and the comprehensive approach that INM takes to eliminating the risks and deaths from malaria through prevention, education, treatment, and communication.

Rick Churan reminded church leaders about the ways to get involved in the campaign at Annual Conference: Turn in your pledges and donations to the boxes at the Imagine No Malaria tables. Text Malaria WI to 27722 to donate $10. Buy a “Got Fruit?” t-shirt for $10 as a donation to INM. As of Saturday, more than $8,000 has been raised at this Annual Conference alone, and the Foundation has announced they will match up to $10,000 raised this weekend.Please consider getting your congregations joining this amazing effort. Click here to learn more.For more information about how to get involved, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..