Our mission focus during Advent Conspiracy will be the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (www.lutheranmalaria.org). We will have special offerings during Advent for the benefit of this Initiative.
What Is The Lutheran Malaria Initiative?
The Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) is an unprecedented and historic partnership of Lutheran World Relief and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Our goal is to mobilize U.S. Lutherans to raise awareness of malaria and its daily impact on the lives of people in Africa and to raise $45 million in the global effort to help end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. LMI is made possible through support
from the United Nations Foundation. Building on the success and strength of our networks already in place, the mission in Africa is straightforward: to teach people to recognize the symptoms of malaria, promote prevention and provide treatment and prevention resources.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by a parasite. It is transmitted to people through the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria. There are more than 200 million cases each year and of those infected, nearly a million die. Most malaria cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.
Christ’s example of unconditional mercy forms our Lutheran response to malaria. We are called to serve the vulnerable and to respond with love, care and help to those suffering among us. Lutherans have a storied history of helping people in need around the world. By combining proven field strategies, expertise and resources, LMI brings together a worldwide network of Lutheran partner churches,
missionaries and service providers in the fight against malaria.
Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria, a disease that is both preventable and treatable. There is
global momentum to fight malaria. The will is present. The knowledge of how to prevent and treat malaria is present. It is now our time to be present to make a difference in the lives of millions of people. Simple steps to prevent, treat and contain the disease are inexpensive and effective. Now is the time to join in the fight against malaria.
How Can I Help?
- PRAY for those suffering from malaria and for those working to prevent, treat and contain the disease.
- LEARN more about malaria and then tell everyone you know—family, friends, your congregation and community.
- GET INVOLVED by inspiring and inviting people to participate. Think about your congregation, school, ministry, family and friends and organize a fundraiser.
- GIVE A GIFT to LMI. Your generosity will enable us to respond and serve our brothers and sisters in Africa.
How is the Initiative going so far?
To date, LMI has reached 2.7 million people through projects in Tanzania, Mali, Uganda, and Kenya. For instance, More than 700 Health workers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) have been trained to diagnose and treat malaria. Use of insecticide treated bed nets increased from 55% to 87% over three years (within the 13 dioceses where LMI works) More than 300,000 children have been educated on ways to prevent malaria, how to recognize symptoms and when to seek treatment.
Lutheran Malaria Initiative is being used by God to make a big difference! Now is our time to get involved!