Story People share the stories

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Ashley Debilzen
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​Here is a resource from the “Catch the Buzz” curriculum that can be used during Sunday School, or at events for your entire congregation .

The Story People resource showcases snapshots and stories of the ELCA Malaria Campaign in a crafty way. The Story People template has a blank outline of a person on one side, and a story from someone who is actually benefitting from ELCA-supported malaria programming on the other side, along with a photo. Story People can be printed out back-to-back, and can be easily cut out with scissors. Heavier paper or cardstock will produce sturdier Story People. Participants can decorate the blank side by gluing on pieces of cloth or ribbon, and drawing in faces. After the participants have finished clothing and decorating their Story Person, they should take the time to read some of the vignettes to learn about the ELCA Malaria Campaign’s impact​.  Consider using these decorated Story People to greet worshipers in the pews on Sunday, or send them home with Sunday School students.

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Photo: A Story Person outline

To download Story People visit and look under the “Catch the Buzz” tab. The document is titled “Catch the Buzz Story People Resource”. There are 11 stories in all. Some are from our companions in Africa, and some are from people here in the ELCA!

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Photo: A Story Person vignette

The Story People craft was first developed by the Northwest Washington Synod, for their Synod Assembly in 2011, to tell the stories of people whose lives are impacted by malaria.

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Photo: Story People at the NW Washington Synod. 

Volunteers (mostly children) decorated cardboard cut-outs of people, and short vignettes were affixed to the back. Each Synod Assembly delegate received a Story Person on their chair. This action raised a lot of awareness for the ELCA Malaria Campaign!

​Three years later, this resource continues to be an interactive way to hear (and see!) what kind of impact the ELCA Malaria Campaign is making.