First Lutheran Church
On Sunday, April 29, some worshiping congregations in the United States, rang a hand bell during the worship service every 45 seconds (except during hymns). This was to signify a child dying in Africa because of malaria. That is an improvement because a relatively short time ago, a child was dying every 30 seconds. This Malaria Campaign has taken quite a significant and simple tactic. People are encouraged to give money so that a net can be purchased and given to families in several African countries to prevent mosquito bites while children and adults sleep.
One way that has involved children in this project is to give them M&M mini containers (with chocolate candies in them) and take them home and bring back the plastic containers filled with quarters (they fit very well). In our congregation, the women of the church have purchased the candy containers for the children who attend Christian education classes. Yes, bribing and manipulation have gone into this plan but when it can save children's lives I will justify it. Each small container can hold about $14 worth of quarters and will purchase a net for a family.
I am sure that whatever denomination you are in, gives you wonderful ways to give life to others on the planet. Healthy water has been a wonderful campaign which also saves adult and children's lives and gives them a healthier life as well. It is a great opportunity for faith in action when we reach out to our neighbor in Lyon County or to our neighbor on another continent. (More information on Malaria Campaign available at: elca.org)