We’ve buried the A-word and we’re journeying together though Lent… but still, it’s time to plan for Easter! Here are three great ways to raise awareness of the ELCA Malaria Campaign in your congregation during Easter:
1. “Sell” nets alongside your Easter lilies
Tri-United Lutheran Parish (in Warba, Bovey, and Jacobson MN) offered two options for Easter: parishoners could sponsor an Easter lily for $10, or they could donate $10 to the ELCA Malaria Campaign — the cost of a mosquito net for a family in Africa. They report that the mosquito nets were more popular!
2. Try an “Easter Tree”
Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, CA made an Easter display to raise awareness of malaria. Members could purchase an egg from this tree by giving a donation to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Inside each egg was an inspirational message, like: “Malaria medication saves lives!” (If you have crafty children of adults in the congregation, they could decorate the eggs!) How much should you charge for each egg? Consider these suggestions:
- $1 covers the cost of a rapid diagnostic test for malaria.
- $2 pays for one dose of malaria medication for an infected person or a preventative does for a pregnant woman.
- $10 covers the cost of a mosquito net for a family.
- $100 trains and equips a village health team.
3. Make an Easter craft!
The idea for these “resurrection butterflies” was born in a craft workshop last weekend. After she made a pipe-cleaner mosquito and a net corsage, Pastor Elisa Osman (Allegheny Synod) put the ingredients together into this great Easter craft. Staple a toilet paper roll shut on one end, slide the butterfly inside, and you have a cocoon. At Easter, when you talk about Jesus’ resurrection, open the cocoon to reveal a butterfly—made of cloth and netting, to represent the new life that is offered when a child sleeps under a mosquito net. We think this would make a great Sunday School craft, and a great Easter-themed children’s sermon.