The Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference accepted the challenge to join in the denomination’s global initiative, “Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children” At our 2017 Annual Conference.
The global health initiative that was endorsed by the United Methodists in 2016, builds on the success of Imagine No Malaria.
Globally, Abundant Health makes five promises to children: to ensure safe births, promote breastfeeding and nutrition, prevent childhood killer diseases, encourage treatment-seeking behaviors and provide treatment and lifesaving commodities.
The goal of reaching 1 million children with lifesaving interventions by 2020 is focused on impoverished areas of the world and primarily in Africa, where there are high rates children dying from preventable causes. In particular, the campaign will support efforts of faith-based partners in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Mozambique and Sierra Leone, as well as Haiti.
Through the General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodists are committing $10 million in medications, supplies, and commodities and another $30 million to partners working in rural and under-served communities.
The campaign’s name and theme, Abundant Health, is taken from the Gospel of John 10:10 “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly,” according to Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of GBGM.
“Being a faith-based organization engaged in the public conversation about Global Health has given us a seat at many international health tables” Kemper said.
U.S. church members will also play an important role.
“In the U.S., we’re calling on as many churches as possible to help us participate in global health work by addressing congregational health issues and reaching beyond the congregation to the community,” said Dr. Olusimbo Ige, executive director of GBGM's Global Health program.
The goal is to engage at least 10,000 U.S. churches in promoting physical activity, healthy diet and nutrition, education for tobacco- and drug-free living, and mental health education.
Give to Abundant Health Projects Around the World
The Global Health unit gives grants to assist local churches, districts and annual conferences to develop and sustain ministries of health, healing and wholeness to children around the world. Gifts support Abundant Health projects in six countries.
Search programs for one that touches your heart.
Give to the Global Abundant Health Advance #3021770.
Materials available to promote or set up your campaign include:
Abundant Health video, PowerPoint, poster, and infographic
Personal health assessment form
Substance abuse prevention and children’s mental health.
And much, much more.
Questions? Contact OR-ID Abundant Health Team Leader
Call or text: 503-312-4138