INDIANAPOLIS - During the week of July 21, Nothing But Nets will be in Indianapolis as part of a multi-city, national grassroots initiative to engage groups and individuals on the importance of malaria prevention. As a part of this effort, United Methodist clergy and lay leaders are invited to join Bishops Michael Coyner and Thomas J. Bickerton in a complimentary breakfast and discussion on Thursday morning, July 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. EDT in Switzer Hall at the University of Indianapolis, 1400 East Hanna Avenue.

United Methodists' commitment to preventing malaria is the reason we became a founding partner of the Nothing But Nets campaign to eradicate malaria.

Understanding the devastating effects of malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa, has inspired United Methodists to serve as a leading partner in Nothing But Nets to distribute anti-malarial bed nets to families in need.

With the United Nations Foundation, The United Methodist Church joins the NBA Cares, Sports Illustrated, Major League Soccer's MLS WORKS, the Union for Reform Judaism and VH1 and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Coyner said, "We will come together as a community to pray for children and families who suffer from malaria, discuss current issues and threats posed by this disease, and seize the opportunity for all people of faith to get involved in this lifesaving effort. Through educational campaigns and raising money to buy bed nets, communities, congregations, and religious institutions can make a difference and save lives."

Clergy and local church lay leaders, please RSVP regarding you and your guests coming to the breakfast to Lisa Timmerman at 317-924-1321 by Thursday July 17.