On April 25...Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.

April 12, 2007

Are there days when getting out for lunch seems like a matter of life and death? All United Methodist are invited to join others on Wednesday, April 25 and be part of a lunch hour that could save thousands and thousands of lives!

At the White House Summit on Malaria, President Bush said he will designate April 25, 2007 as Malaria Awareness Day in conjunction with the observance of Africa Malaria Day. The purpose of Malaria Awareness Day is to raise global awareness of malaria and to reaffirm the nations commitment to fighting this disease.

The United Methodist Church has a long-standing commitment to reduce the spread of malaria, and this is an opportunity for individuals and congregations to participate directly in fighting this disease. So United Methodists are encouraged to skip lunch on April 25 and instead donate the $10 instead to the Nothing But Nets campaign. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenge grant will match our contributions dollar for dollar, net for net.

In addition to supporting this life-saving campaign, United Methodists also will be covering Africa with prayer on this day. Join with Upper Room Covenant Prayer groups, staff of United Methodist Boards and agencies, and United Methodist churches around the world to pray for the children of Africa, for those suffering with malaria, and for global health. Organize a 24-hour prayer chain in your own local congregation or group, asking members to commit to prayer for a certain block of time during this day.

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly challenged his readers to donate $10 for the purchase of an anti-malaria bed net, and thousands of people have joined the campaign. The people of The United Methodist Church, along with Sports Illustrated, NBA Cares, the United Nations Foundation and several other groups, are raising funds to purchase bed nets to end malaria. Bed nets work in two ways: They stop mosquitoes from biting during the night and spreading the disease, and the insecticide on the net kills mosquitoes when they land on it.

The mission offering for the North Alabama Annual Conference 2007 will go to Nothing But Nets.  Maleria Awareness Day can be a great way to encourage your congregation to contribute to this life-saving offering.

To download resources your church can use to spead the word about Malaria Awareness Day, such as bulletin inserts, worship graphics, devotions and posters, click here.

 

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