WASHINGTON, D.C. — Before the day was over on Dec. 4, Bishop Robert Hoshibata and members of the Imagine No Malaria delegation had visited 13 Senate and House offices on Capitol Hill to advocate for continued support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria.
“I represent over 30,000 United Methodists in Arizona,” the bishop told an aide to Jon Kyl, the outgoing Arizona senator. “We have an interest in the budget and are especially concerned with programs dealing with global health.”
We have an interest in the budget and are especially concerned with programs dealing with global health.
Hoshibata emphasized that the number of deaths is decreasing because of the work being done to fight malaria. He said the delegation wants it to continue.
The bishop went on to visit the offices of Sens. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, Dean Heller, R, and Harry Reid, D, of Nevada, John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Jeff Flake, R, also of Arizona.
Crucial part of work
“A crucial part of our work is to spread the word to those who have the power and authority to contribute to the work of Imagine No Malaria,” Hoshibata explained. “Every source of funding for this critical task is important.”
A crucial part of our work is to spread the word to those who have the power and authority.
The bishop was among more than 100 United Methodists on Capitol Hill last week to share their faith and to state boldly that Jesus calls his followers to care for others, reaching across the globe to offer love.
”Our United States government spends a relatively small amount, less than 1%, on global needs,” Bishop Hoshibata said. “We believe it is crucial that we not reduce the funding at this time so that we can continue to offer the care and the hope to those in danger of contracting and dying from malaria.”
$2 million commitment
Hoshibata was the highest-ranking member of The United Methodist Church making the office visits. The Desert Southwest Conference, which also includes Nevada and a small part of California, has just committed to raising $2 million toward the $75 million goal the denomination has set for fight against malaria.
During the closing sermon, the bishop told the 107 advocates who participated in Imagination No Malaria Days on the Hill: “We’ve been here and we’re inspired by each other. In the midst of a perverse world, we’re supposed to be shining stars.” The bishop told his listeners, “We have done that.”