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    Make Malaria History

    Thanks, St. Andrew!

    Posted on February 24, 2012 by jessicanipp

    Recently the ELCA Malaria Camapign received this letter from St. Andrew Lutheran Church, along with a generous donation. Thanks to Renee Martin for permission to share this letter with you!

    “At St. Andrew Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas, the Sunday school children and middle school youth are living out their faith in many ways.  Beyond loving God, loving their neighbors and being radically hospitable, focus is put on giving and making generosity a part of their lives at an early age.

    “Every semester a project or organization is selected to support financially with the children’s and middle school students’ Sunday offerings. In the fall of 2011, the young people of the church learned about the ELCA Malaria Campaign and decided that it would be a wonderful program to support with their first semester giving.  They were astonished when they learned that a child in Africa dies every 45 seconds from malaria, and they wanted to do something to help.

    “I’m pleased to enclose a check to the ELCA Malaria Campaign for $1,175.  This money was truly given from our children in penny, quarter and dollar increments.  The students knew that if they gave even a little to a cause they could make a big difference, and it is their hope that this money helps to purchase mosquito nets, insecticides, medication and more.”

    And it will! Thank you!

    Do you have mosquito insurance?

    Posted on February 20, 2012 by jessicanipp

    During last year’s synod assembly in Western Iowa, mosquitoes swarmed the stage! 

    These malaria-infested mosquitoes are not as cute as they look!

    Members of the Lutheran Youth Organization in the Western Iowa Synod built wire-and-styrofoam mosquitoes that were difficult to overlook– they were painted in neon colors. Giant mosquitoes on sticks, wielded by earnest youth, swarmed the stage when there were speakers and roamed the hallways on breaks.

    Participants who had purchased “mosquito insurance” (for $5) were safe. But those without an insurance wristband were out of luck: when the mosquitoes swarmed, those folks got infected with malaria. 

    Infected assembly-goers received a card that explained to them the challenges that face our sisters and brothers in Africa when malaria strikes.

    Infected assembly-goers had to visit the hospital.

     They were invited to go to a simulated  hospital and to “pay” (more than $5!) for their doctor’s visit and malaria treatment.  There was a great lesson to be learned: malaria prevention can be costly… but malaria treatment is even more costly.

    Throughout the assembly, “Malaria Mission Moments” provided opportunities to share malaria facts and malaria stories, and to educate assembly-goers about the great work that the ELCA and our Lutheran companions in Africa are doing through the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

    Through this and other efforts, the Western Iowa Synod has raised over $32,000 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign!

    Become a Malaria Griot!

    Posted on February 17, 2012 by jessicanipp

    What’s a griot, you ask? 
    Here’s how the Malaria Griot website explains it:

    “In West Africa, a Griot is a storyteller, a singer, a history keeper and an agent of cultural change. Echoing this tradition, ONE and Malaria No More are excited to launch the fourth round of the Malaria Griots Project, a program designed to train passionate volunteers into powerful spokespersons in the fight against malaria.”

    Dianne Johnson, a Malaria Griot and ELCA Malaria Campaign volunteer in the Seattle area, highly recommends the Malaria Griot program. She says, “the [computer-based] class is excellent and gives a depth of knowledge and lots of ideas on presentations and events around malaria awareness and fundraising.  If anyone has questions I would be delighted to share with them my experience.”

    Please consider applying to join the Malaria Griot program.  (It’s free!) But hurry– applications are due February 27th!

    Dianne Johnson can be reached at dianne@lollc.org.