Jesus said, “Heal the sick … Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8, NIV) I write this newsletter’s opening column having just returned from the 2014 Detroit Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC). These annual conferences are a time of renewal and re-centering for the Michigan based UM churches, as well as an opportunity for all to be leveled-up on the latest news, activities and missions of our denomination. One very notable mission is the Imagine No More Malaria campaign aimed at eliminating the ruthless destruction of life brought about by the malaria virus. Here in the U.S., we have all but stamped out malaria, and when it does surface we have immediate and ample infrastructure to cure the illness before it seriously threatens those afflicted. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many other places in our world, perhaps most devastatingly in Africa.
Pastor Bob Miller