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.
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.