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    Make Malaria History

    We’re making progress!

    Posted on January 30, 2013 by jessicanipp

    Every 60 secondsTogether with our Lutheran companions in Africa, and like-minded organizations all across the globe, the ELCA Malaria Campaign is achieving great success. 

    To us, “success” means more people engaged in preventative techniques, more communities educated about and practicing malaria control, and better access to treatment for everyone who does contract malaria. And of course, ultimately it means fewer cases of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, and fewer people dying from malaria

    When I started working for the ELCA Malaria Camapign 2-1/2 years ago, I had to use the following statistic: “Every 30 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria.”  After lots of hard work by people all across the globe, that death rate slowed last year, and we were able to say “Every 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria.” Well, that was better, but of course it still wasn’t good enough.

    The newest set of statistics gets us even further along the road we’re traveling toward a malaria-free world.  The new statistic is this: “Every 60 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria.” This statistic is good.  It’s very, very good.  Look at the progress from 2-1/2 years ago!

    And of course, this statistic is bad.  It’s very, very bad that a child dies every minute from a preventable and treatable disease. But hand in hand with our Lutheran sisters and brothers in Africa, we continue to make a differenceClick here to download this poster!

     

    Great publicity!

    Posted on January 28, 2013 by jessicanipp

    Malaria 123Today LivingLutheran.com ran a great article about the ELCA Malaria Campaign.  The article, “Fighting Malaria with Honey,” lifts up one particular part of ELCA Malaria programming– the “sustainable livelihoods” initiative.   The idea is simple: in order to afford health care for malaria, a household needs a stable income.  So income-generating projects are one part of the comphrehensive and sustainable malaria programming that our Lutheran sisters and brothers in Africa are leading, with support from the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

    Please note that if you search the Web for “fighting malaria with honey,” you will find several sites proclaiming that a home remedy that includes honey can cure malaria.  Nope.  There is no known home remedy that cures malaria– but there are some great malaria pharmaceuticals.  A home remedy may help alleviate symptoms, but to kill the parasite, a vist to a hospital, clinic or dispensary is the key!

    Thrivent Choice– Don’t Let an Opportunity Pass You By!

    Posted on January 23, 2013 by jessicanipp

    Are you a member of Thrivent?  If so, you may have an opportunity to support the ELCA Malaria Campaign in a new way!

    Each year, Thrivent members have the opportunity to direct (i.e. designate) some of the money Thrivent gives to charitable organizations through a program called Thrivent Choice. You have the opportunity to support your congregation, your synod, or a churchwide ministry (such as… the ELCA Malaria Campaign!). Allocations must be submitted by March 31 each year.

    You can still direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars for 2012 by visiting the Thrivent Choice website.  Simply log in using your MyThrivent member ID, and then search for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. You can also choose to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars by phone at 800-847-4836.

    The money that you direct to the ELCA Malaria Campaign comes directly to us– this program works.  Right now the ELCA Malaria Campaign is receiving about $1,000 every month because our donors direct Thrivent Choice dollars our way. We’re grateful for these gifts– but we think that number could be much higher! We heard today from our local Thrivent colleagues that only 30% of eligible Thrivent members are choosing to direct their Thrivent Choice dollars!  That means we’re leaving money on the table.  Let’s not do that– let’s take advantage of Thrivent’s generosity and put that money to work, supporting anti-malaria programs in Africa!

     

    Knots for Nets

    Posted on January 19, 2013 by jessicanipp

    The following article was written by Patricia Graybill, Mission Chair at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Camp Hill, PA.  Many thanks to Patricia for the article and to Judy Collins for the photos of Trinity’s Knots for Nets project!

    In August 2011, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly approved a $15 million churchwide ELCA Malaria Campaign to expand the church’s participation in a worldwide effort to end deaths from malaria.

    The focus is on African nations where the church is well-positioned to reach people with supplies, medicine and education, including in Angola, the Central African Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, where Trinity’s companion synod is located.

    The thread used to create the bracelets represented the colors of the flags of our companions’ countries.

    About this time last year, Trinity accepted an invitation from the Lower Susquehanna Synod to be part of this campaign. Members of the congregation have been involved ever since. We named our campaign “13 in 13” with a goal of raising $13,000 (or more) through 2013.

    In December, young people in the sixth and seventh grade Sunday school classes made and sold “Knots for Nets,” braided bracelets to remind us of our brothers and sisters impacted by malaria and how only $10 can provide a family with a life-saving mosquito net. In just two weeks they took in more than $1,000 in orders for bracelets.

    For our January 2013 Epiphany luncheon we scheduled as our speaker a Gettysburg seminarian who will use his training to minister to Tanzanian youth with drug addictions and other problems due to malaria.

    On March 10, 2013, the Missions and Social Ministry committees will host the “Safari Café,” a fun-filled benefit for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. As with previous benefit events, the night will include great food, entertainment and a silent auction. Please plan to attend and look for volunteer opportunities so that you can be part of this life-changing campaign.

     

    What great projects has your congregation done to support the ELCA Malaria Campaign?  We would love to hear all about your efforts. Let us know at Jessica.Nipp@elca.org or Allison.Beebe@elca.org.

    God Will Provide

    Posted on January 18, 2013 by allisonbeebe

    A bustling village makes for a bright bulletin board.

    The Sunday School classes at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Park Ridge, IL are focusing on an important theme this year: God Will Provide.

    The Sunday Schoolers have been reading Bible stories which teach them about God’s provision.  This theme also connects to a special emphasis on the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Working through God’s church – both here in the US and in 11 different national church bodies in Africa – God will provide medication, nets and education in order to prevent and treat malaria. We join the children of St. Luke’s in trusting that God will provide the means to make malaria history! All of their Sunday School offerings this year will go towards the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

    To demonstrate the work of the ELCA Malaria Campaign, St. Luke’s member Kelly Kohldorfer has created a colorful bulletin board of an African village. The village is a lively place full of people, animals and buildings. Some people are at rest and some are at play. Many of those that are at rest are sleeping safely beneath mosquito nets. Another net is added to the mural for every fifty dollars that is raised by the congregation.

    Some people are safely resting beneath nets – soon the whole village will be protected!

    The thermometer to measure fundraising progress is even shaped like a fly swatter! The Swat-O-Meter is a fun way to keep people motivated. St. Luke’s malaria campaign extends beyond the Sunday School, too. They sold Mosquito Net Angels at a Good Gifts fair during Advent, and observed World Malaria Day in April.

    Thanks, St. Luke’s, for sharing your vibrant bulletin board with us! We trust that all the people in the mural will be protected beneath nets very soon.

    A Walk Through a Village: An Unexpected Encounter with the Malaria Campaign

    Posted on January 14, 2013 by allisonbeebe

    Today’s post comes from Chris Mummert, ELCA Malaria Campaign Synod Coordinator for the Lower Susquehanna Synod. Chris writes about her experiences on a trip to Zambia last May. Many thanks for sharing your story, Chris!

    Did you ever experience a God moment in a completely unexpected place?  It happened to me last May as four friends and I were wrapping up a once-in-a-lifetime, “bucket list” safari in southern Africa.  I had been to East Africa twice prior to this trip – both mission focused through the ELCA and through LWR.  This time was a completely pleasure-driven safari with side trips to Capetown, South Africa and Victoria Falls, Zambia.

     We were on our last full day in Zambia before flying home.  The manager of the inn where we were staying asked us if we wanted to take a walk through some villages early the next morning before heading to the airport.  We enthusiastically said “yes”! 

    The next morning, quite early, we walked down to the banks of the Zambezi River, boarded a small motor boat, and headed out to our destination.  No one could see a thing in the dark, thick early-morning fog that completely encased us.  The driver took us upstream for about 25 minutes.  I prayed that he knew where we were going.

    Finally the driver made a hard right turn and gradually we could discern the shoreline.  We had arrived!

    Coming onto shore was like stepping back in time and place.  Rudimentary huts, many with thatched roofs, sticks fashioned into fences to delineate and protect gardens, and animals running here and there dotted the landscape.  But it was the children, with wide smiles and bright eyes who happily and warmly greeted us, that left an indelible impression on all of us.

    Our guide, Webbie, had grown up here.  He had had the good fortune of being sponsored by some church folks to complete his education and learn a trade, carpentry.  His English was excellent.  He and I walked side-by-side through this village.  Curious, I asked him about the water.  He quickly assured me that the villagers were careful to boil the water before children would drink it.  He volunteered that this village was in a malaria-prone area (My ears perked up!).  He continued that with the help of some “international organizations” (I wondered, “Could it be the ELCA?”), their village was supplied with mosquito nets and that their health clinic was also supplied with medicine to treat anyone who succumbed to this disease.  He said that this help has made a significant difference to the village and its children.

    The group of travelers poses with their guide, Webbie.

     I was awestruck.  This was to have been a pleasure trip with nothing to do with “church stuff”.  God intervened. God led us to this village and to Webbie to tell his story and the story of how we “international organizations” are making a difference in people’s lives.

     This village, reachable by boat, is a testimonial to what can happen when we join hands and give out of our generosity to those who need our help.  Remember this story of Webbie and this village’s children as you consider what your gift will be in Tree of Life’s Malaria Campaign.  You can save lives through your generosity.  

    Submitted by Chris Mummert

    News Roundup for the New Year

    Posted on January 2, 2013 by jessicanipp

    The staff of the ELCA Malaria Camapign wishes you a wonderful 2013, filled with joy and good health!

    I’m quite sure that one of your New Year’s resolutions was to learn more about malaria and what strides are being made toward its elimination. Well, we’re here to help.

    Below are some links to some interesting news articles and features that we’ve read (and listened to) in the past couple of weeks.  They include sobering news about the threat and the spread of malaria, as well as hopeful news about advances being made in research.  There are a few great human interest stories as well. Malaria is really emerging as a key news item lately, and I rejoice that the ELCA has been proactive in working with our companions in Africa on this global health issue.

    Happy reading!