The ELCA Malaria Campaign is a campaign of the whole church– and bishops have been our cheerleaders-in-chief, encouraging the people of their synods to be generous and to educate one another.
I’d like to lift up just a few of those bishops here:
- There’s Bishop James Mauney of the Virginia Synod, who last week encouraged his synod to celebrate World Malaria Day on April 28th, and who picked Duke in his synod’s Nets 4 Nets challenge.
- Then there’s Bishop Greg Pile of the Allegheny Synod, who just challenged his congregations to DOUBLE their ELCA Malaria Campaign fundraising total by Synod Assembly this spring– raising an additional $25,000 between now and then!
- And Bishop Steve Ullestad of the Northeastern Iowa Synod (a 2011 Pilot Synod), who at the beginning of their campaign asked his rosted leaders and Synod Assembly voting members to make personal commitments before encouraging their congregations to join in. So far NE Iowa has raised nearly $300,000.
- And last but not least, Bishop Liz Eaton of NE Ohio (also a 2011 Pilot Synod), who at the 2011 Churchwide Assembly reminded us that “in tough times, it is important to turn outward and not in on ourselves. The ELCA Malaria Campaign reminds us we are part of something greater than ourselves, and we are neither helpless nor poor.” The NE Ohio synod just reached their synod fundraising goal of $250,000.
We’d love to hear how YOUR bishop or synod office has encouraged you to educate yourself and to give generously to the ELCA Malaria Campaign!