Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers, MN, set an ambitious $12,000 fund-raising goal for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. With the creativity and generosity of the whole congregation, they met and even surpassed their goal!
Heather Swanson, a member of the Social Ministry Committee at Word of Peace, shares with us the many activities that contributed to their fund-raising and awareness-raising success:
- During Lent, we handed out coin boxes with a malaria sticker, and encouraged each family in the congregation (about 1200 households) to give at least $10 to help fight malaria – we raised about $3000 during Lent, and money has continued to come in since then.
- The confirmation and church schools put their Lenten and spring offerings toward malaria, as well – almost another $1000.
- We recognized World Malaria Day in May, by dedicating the Lenten offerings, and hearing from a woman in our congregation who experienced a bad case of malaria during her stint in the Peace Corps. She shared her story with the congregation, showed pictures, etc, which was very powerful, and helped “bring the experience home” for a lot of people. A special mosquito was created for this, and mosquito nets were hung from the crosses, as part of the decorations.
- Our VBS Pandamania offering did Nickels for Nets, and collected over $3000
- We handed out fly swatters (with our church’s name and a small note about the malaria campaign), during our community’s Rockin’ Rogers Days Parade – there was also info inviting the community to a free band concert at our church, which was a benefit for malaria.
- We had a free band concert in June, and raised about $600 for the malaria campaign by reaching out to the community and educating our town a little bit more.
- We invited the congregation members to host a summer BBQ, and use the ever-present reminder of being bitten by mosquitoes ourselves, to spread the word about malaria to their neighbors – and collect an offering from their guests (as willing), as well.
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