Under the theme, “Called to Action,” the Holston Annual Conference passed a resolution of commitment to save 100,000 lives by raising $1 million in the coming year for Imagine No Malaria.
Members representing 897 churches in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and north Georgia also sent about 9,000 kits and buckets of food, school, and health supplies to Liberia and Zimbabwe. They overwhelmed the two large ocean-carrier trailers they pack each year for Africa, necessitating (for the first time) a third trailer to accommodate the goods.
Members also gave an offering of $96,372 for Vietnam victims of the war chemical Agent Orange. They gave $61,372 to children’s ministry through “Change for Children,” half designated for Imagine No Malaria, the other half supporting children’s ministries in Holston. An unannounced additional offering raised $11,768 for Imagine No Malaria -- which at $10 per bed net to protect a child from malaria-bearing mosquitos – will save 1,176 lives, leaders said.
The 1,920 members of the Holston Annual Conference dedicated much of their gathering to learning about and lifting up “Vital Congregations” and celebrating the ministry of Bishop James Swanson, projected for reassignment this summer after eight years as resident bishop.
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