In Arkansas and Africa, sharing Jesus’ love in real ways10/05/2012
In Arkansas and Africa, sharing Jesus’ love in real waysGrowing Together in Christ: a word from Bishop Mueller
If you have been able to figure out anything about me in the short time I’ve been here, I hope it’s that I’m all about the local church. I believe Jesus has called congregations into being so they can be His Body in the world doing cutting edge Kingdom work. I am convinced churches are called to make disciples who make disciples who change the world. And I am going to do everything I can to help Arkansas United Methodist congregations become as fruitful as possible in carrying out this holy work.
Your church does this as you share Jesus’ real love in real ways that really makes a difference in the mission field surrounding you. But that’s just the beginning. You sometimes are called to a mission field on the other side of the world.
This is exactly what Imagine No Malaria is all about. It invites local churches just like yours to share Jesus’ life-changing love with people you will never meet—many of whom are children. The United Methodist Church has embraced a ginormous goal of raising $75 million to end this disease that kills so many of God’s children.
Your church has the privilege—and that’s exactly what it is—of joining other United Methodist congregations throughout Arkansas to raise $1 million. That’s a lot of money, but it’s something we can do together for three very important reasons. First, the Rev. David Freeman is chairing a great team leading the effort. Second, the Rev. Martha Taylor is serving as the field coordinator. Third, the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas is pledging an incredibly generous matching grant of $333,333.
When all is said and done, however, the main reason we will be able to successfully raise this money is that local congregations just like yours are going to make it happen.
As we reach out into this mission field together, I want to ask your church to do something. Imagine. Imagine what it’s like to be a parent of a child who contracts malaria. Imagine what it will be like when no parents have to experience their child dying from a disease that is preventable, treatable and curable.
Imagine how your local church can be so filled with Jesus’ love that you pray every day for those affected. Imagine how your congregation can raise money that literally will save 10, 20 or 1,000 lives. Imagine how good it will feel when your church joins other United Methodist congregations throughout Arkansas and we save more lives than we ever thought possible.
Grace and peace,
Gary E. Mueller