World Communion Sunday Scholarships

On World Communion Sunday, as a sign of our oneness in Christ with other denominations around the globe, United Methodist churches receive an offering to support potential new leaders who are racial- and ethnic-minority students in the United States. One such student is Charles Martin-Stanley, currently a sophomore at Luther College in Decorah, whose “ultimate career goal is to become a sociologist or lawyer, living my life in service to others.”

This young African-American now calls Onalaska, Wisconsin, his home. Born in Mexico, he grew up with a keen awareness that his multicultural background was not always viewed favorably by others. The unconditional love he received from his family and his church helped to sustain him through troubled time. Through these experiences he gained a sense of a calling to serve people in need. Last summer, for example, he worked as a Servant Leader Intern in the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program. Learn more about Charles Martin-Stanley by visiting www.umcgiving.org.

The National Council of Churches helps to promote World Communion Sunday. Visit their website or the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship to obtain information and resources about this special day as we worship and serve the Prince of Peace.

Imagine No Malaria

Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. Millions of lives are needlessly lost each year. Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother.

Achieving this goal requires an integrated strategy against the disease. As a life-saving ministry, Imagine No Malaria aims to empower the people of Africa to overcome malaria’s burden. We fight malaria with a comprehensive model.

In 2006 The United Nations Foundation, along with NBA Cares, Sports Illustrated, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, invited the United Methodist Church to be part of a plan to eliminate malaria as a major source of suffering and death in Africa. The United Methodist Church was invited to be a partner in this effort because of our mission work in Africa. We had a delivery system in place to distribute the insecticide-treated nets which are used to protect persons from malaria carrying mosquitoes.

A Lenten Bible study, supported by apportionment gifts, is one of the resources available to local congregations who want to know more. Visit www.imaginenomalaria.org to give.