Bishop Jones Shooting for a Cause at KWU

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The United Methodist Church, in conjunction with their global partners, has committed to eradicating malaria in Africa by the year 2015. Methodist churches in both Kansas in Nebraska have been called to get involved with this important campaign through the “Imagine No Malaria” initiative. In February, Bishop Scott Jones held a free throw challenge in Wichita, raising funds based on the number he would make out of 1000. He made 360 free throws and the effort raised more than $1200 and allowed him to purchase five mosquito nets for the cause.

Today, Bishop Jones’ niece, Sarah, has challenged him to another free throw contest, in Kansas Wesleyan’s Mabee Arena. She will be shooting simultaneously from Durham, NC. The contest will be held from 1-3 p.m.

The Methodist Church began their efforts to fight malaria in 2000. In 2010, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria, causing 655,000 deaths, mostly among African children under the age of five.

The disease is preventable and curable; however there are no vaccines and the strategy behind the cause is prevention, education, communication, and treatment.  Currently, the church has more than 300 hospitals, clinics, and health posts in Africa to support the mission.  

"Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. It kills an estimated 655,000 people each year, most of them children under 5 and pregnant women," said Lisa Diehl, Kansas Communications Director for the United Methodist Church . "Through the Imagine No Malaria initiative, the United Methodist Church is putting our faith into action, making a real difference in the world by attacking this treatable, beatable and preventable disease."

All Methodist churches are encouraged to participate by hosting their own basketball-themed fundraiser. For more information about the malaria initiative, visit To donate to Bishop and Sarah Jones’ challenge, visit