To inspire his congregation at Oakland United Methodist Church to give $2,000 to Imagine No Malaria by Easter, the Rev. Stephen Yeaney at first proposed that he would jump from a silo into the nearby marina.
However, when a parishioner suggested the preacher should shave his head instead, church members liked that idea so much the deal was sealed.
On Easter Sunday, the last day of the challenge, Oakland had given a total of $2,700. However, the congregation didn't learn they had surpassed the $2,000 challenge until the Sunday after Easter when it was announced. "Then they brought out the barber chair," says Yeaney.
The pastor asked if others would make additional donations so they could qualify for a matching Holston Conference Foundation grant.
"Then I offered anyone that wished to contribute another $10 to have a chance at cutting a lock of my hair," Yeaney said. "My daughter Heather was the first in line for that. By the end of the day, we had raised $3,119."
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Find out more about Holston Conference's campaign to save 100,000 lives at NoMalaria.Holston.org. Find out about the United Methodist Church's campaign to eradicate malaria by the end of 2015 at ImagineNoMalaria.org.