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    Make Malaria History

    I am an M-O-S-Q-U-I-T-O ouch!

    Posted on November 26, 2012 by allisonbeebe

    A musical mosquito at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Medford, WI sings its support for the ELCA Malaria Campaign!  The song is set to the tune of the popular Sunday School song “I am a C” and comes to us from Pastor Pete Warmanen. It’s a new twist on an old favorite!

    Check out the video below and consider using it for an emphasis on malaria during Sunday School or VBS. The lyrics are on the screen, so everyone can sing along.



    St. Paul’s has raised $1,500 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign and has challenged other ELCA congregations to follow their lead. They are inspired by the goal of “15 by 15 for 15″. In other words, congregations are encouraged to raise $1,500 by 2015 towards the ELCA’s goal of $15,000,000.

    St. Paul’s Ministry Coordinator Michael Lindau writes “$15 million may sound like a large amount for us to raise to fight malaria, but with over 10,000 ELCA congregations working together — it is a goal we CAN & WILL reach! If every ELCA congregation would raise at least $1,500 by 2015 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign we would surpass our goal of raising $15 million to help put an end to Malaria! We, at St. Paul’s ELCA of Medford, WI, just raised $1,500 this month for the ELCA Malaria Campaign!  We challenge other congregations to do the same!”

    Thanks to St. Paul’s of Medford for sharing your talents and techniques with the ELCA Malaria Campaign!

    Celebrating milestones

    Posted on November 14, 2012 by jessicanipp

    A mother and her child in Caia, Mozambique receive a mosquito net after a day-long malaria workshop sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mozambique and the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

    There is much to celebrate at the ELCA Malaria Campaign!

    Just this week, we reached an important giving milestone:  since our campaign began, individuals, congregations and synods of the ELCA have given $5 million toward this great cause! That means we’re already 1/3 of the way toward our goal of $15 million by 2015. Thank you for your commitment and generosity!

    The gifts you’ve given have made a measurable impact. A few years ago, the statistics were grim: a child in Africa was dying of malaria every 30 seconds.  As global malaria work increased, the statistic changed to a child every 45 seconds.  Now the World Health Organization reports the most favorable statistic yet:  a child in Africa dies of malaria every 60 seconds.  It’s clear that this statistic represents amazing progress, and for that we celebrate. Thousands of lives are being preserved each year through the tireless malaria work of our Lutheran companions in Africa (supported by ELCA Malaria Campaign funds) and many other wonderful malaria organizations. 

    But the challenge remains: Let’s get that number down to zero. No child– in Africa or anywhere in the world–should die of a disease that’s preventable and treatable.

    The work that the ELCA is doing, together with our sisters and brothers in Africa, will continue to make a difference in the lives of many.  Stay tuned for reports of what the next $10 million will accomplish!

    A Challenge from Pastor Miller

    Posted on November 9, 2012 by jessicanipp

    (Many thanks to Pastor Craig Miller of Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, NY, for sharing this inspiring story with us.  Pastor Miller was a voting member at the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, where the ELCA Malaria Campaign was rolled out to the whole ELCA.)

    Members of Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY donated over $1,000 to the ELCA Malaria Campaign, and their gifts were matched by Pastor Craig Miller.

    The ELCA Malaria Campaign began officially at the 2011 Churchwide Assembly when the 1,025 voting members adopted a resolution setting a goal of $15 million over the next four years. Upon adoption of that resolution voting members were encouraged to offer their pledges toward this ambitious campaign to end malaria around the world.

    As a voting member I approached the vote for this campaign with excitement and apprehension. I wondered how we might accomplish such a large goal, and I wondered how much I could possibly do to make our goal a reality. Here I was in Orlando with my synod’s delegation and the hundreds from other synods celebrating our vote and thinking to myself, “Now I have to put my money where my mouth is.”

    I considered calling my wife and asking her what we should do, and I prayed for guidance as I contemplated our family’s response. How much can we reasonably give? $500? $750? I settled on $1,000 as our family pledge, a figure well within reason for our current situation. That was the easy part.

    I thought about how little our contribution would be against the millions needed and decided I needed to find some partners to join me in this effort. That should be easy; all I need to do is ask the congregation I serve to give. But how to get them to give generously to this effort, that was the question.

    Members of Our Saviour’s take part in the Syttende Mai (17th of May) parade in Brooklyn, NY

    And that is when the Spirit struck. Why not give them a challenge? And so I did; I challenged the congregation to give to the ELCA Malaria Campaign and promised to match their contributions dollar for dollar up to $1,000.

    Our Saviour’s has approximately 100 members on the roll. Average attendance in their Sunday worship is around 37. Most members are on fixed income, but $1,000 over four years should be within their reach. I put the challenge before them in a pastoral letter, in bulletins and Sunday announcements and in sermons. At first the contributions trickled in and I wondered if I had set too high a goal. One year into the campaign I saw only about $300 in contributions and no pledges, and I was running out of steam.

    Then, suddenly, the floodgates opened and over $1,000 poured out from the congregation within a matter of weeks. I happily wrote my matching check to the Malaria Campaign in celebration of this congregation’s accomplishment.