ELCA Malaria Campaign
Make Malaria History
Many thanks to Dick and Bev Moody, members of our National Leadership Team, for their leadership on the Malaria Team at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Prospect Heights, IL, and for sharing this article with us! And many thanks to the members of Good Shepherd for their generous support!
A mosquito infestation occurred during Lent in our congregation! 350 paper mosquitos were hung from the ceilings throughout the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Prospect Heights, Illinois.
In an area of the nave was a likeness of child’s room with a mosquito net hanging over the bed. These visuals got the attention of members as they committed to a Lenten Mission Project to raise funds for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. The goal was to raise $5,000 within three years to help fight malaria in Africa. Our Good Shepherd Malaria Team suggested that if every giving unit in our congregation gave $15 per year for three years, we would reach our goal. So for every $15 donated, a mosquito was removed.
It was surprising how quickly the mosquitos came down. Each week, the Swat-o-Meter in the Narthex reported the campaign income and the number of mosquitos removed. In the photo at right, Pastor Eric Schlichting is checking out the progress.
Generous offerings designated to malaria were given at the mid-week Lenten suppers and from various other events. Sunday worshipers heard stories and received information on how the ELCA is working with Lutheran churches and communities in eleven countries in Africa to treat, educate, and prevent this disease. Campaign response cards were mailed to church members midway through the 40 days of Lent. Donations and pledges to the campaign flowed in from individuals and families.
As we celebrated Easter, the Good Shepherd Lenten Mission Project concluded with a fabulous outcome of over $6,600 raised in cash and pledges for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Alleluia!
Other congregations are encouraged to do a similar 4 to 6 week campaign using the excellent resources that can be found at www.elca.org/malaria where the ELCA Malaria Campaign Action Kit, brochures, bulletin inserts and new coutry profiles are available. Other suggestions are to plan a shorter fund- raising campaign around the time of World Malaria Day on April 25 or during vacation Bible school.