ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Our Malaria MomentAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/301http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/301<div class="ExternalClass5620FB61BC0C42ADA293AE972878F35D"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">​​​The ELCA Malaria Campaign is the <a href="http&#58;//www.thelutheran.com/article/article.cfm?article_id=12492">cover story</a> in this month's issue of </span><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Lutheran</em><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> magazine, and it is worth a read! This fabulous article covers the breadth of the ELCA Malaria Campaign, from the programming we support in Africa, to the congregational and individual efforts that make it possible.</span></p><p>The article is truly a great summary of the work we have been doing together over the last several years. Thanks to generous Lutherans everywhere, we also celebrate that we have reached 90% of our fundraising goal! We encourage you to share this article with your friends and networks as we make the final push to finish this campaign in 2015.</p><p>You can read the article <a href="http&#58;//www.thelutheran.com/article/article.cfm?article_id=12492">here​</a>, or look for it in print if you&#160;​subscribe to <em>The Lutheran</em> magazine. Thanks to our colleagues at <em><a href="http&#58;//www.thelutheran.org/template/index.cfm">The Lutheran​</a></em> for lifting up this work with this wonderfully inspiring article!​</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zimbabwe%20Dance%20small.jpg" alt="Zimbabwe Dance small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Children in Burure,&#160;Zimbabwe sing and dance, a common way to learn messages about malaria.&#160;</em></p></div>02/27/2015Using soccer to spread the word - the Lutheran malaria program in TanzaniaAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/300http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/300<div class="ExternalClass5387F1D4065041AB894D388BFC17CC45"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">T</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">h</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">e Kisiwani Lutheran Parish is using soccer to spread the word about malaria prevention and control!</span></p><p>A crowd gathered together to watch the youth soccer team from Kisiwani Lutheran Parish take on the team from the Catholic parish nearby. </p><p>At the beginning of the game, Pastor Emmanuel Mnzava of the Kisiwani Lutheran Parish invited the teams and the crowd to join him in an opening prayer. Pastor Emmanuel received malaria training from the Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania, which is supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign and implemented by Lutheran World Relief and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Kisiwani%20Soccer%202%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Kisiwani Soccer 2 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p><em>Photo courtesy of <em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">Brenda Kimaro</em>,&#160;Lutheran World Relief</em>&#160;<img alt="" style="width&#58;319px;margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p>Throughout the soccer match, the announcer helped to educate the crowd with public service announcements about malaria causes, symptoms and treatments. Youth from the Lutheran parish walked through the crowd with banners displaying malaria-related messages.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Kisiwani%20Soccer%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Kisiwani Soccer for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">Photo courtesy of&#160;<em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">Brenda Kimaro</em>,&#160;Lutheran World Relief</em><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">&#160;</span>​<br></p><p>When the match drew to a close, soccer team members gathered under a mosquito net to reinforce the message&#58; learn to protect yourselves and your families!</p><p><br></p></div>02/20/2015An Invitation to Participate in the Global Service QuestionnaireAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/299http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/299<div class="ExternalClass49DD84B020E9428793EE4B80FE997D3C"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Global Mission Unit of the ELCA invites your participation in a survey! Serving the global church is a great opportunity to engage with and learn from other cultures, travel and grow in your faith.&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">ELCA Global Mission is interested in hearing from all regarding what would make global service appealing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/GCS%20Survey.jpg" alt="GCS Survey.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p>Mission personnel serve the church in many and varied calls as pastors, teachers, administrators, health care workers and more. Occasionally we hear from mission personnel who are serving in areas where the Lutheran malaria program is active. They have been able to share photos and stories about the Lutheran malaria program in action, and can witness to the impact that they see first-hand in the communities where they serve. While serving alongside other national Lutheran church bodies, their work still makes a direct, positive impact on the ministries of the ELCA. </p><p>Please click on the link below for a short questionnaire (it will take 5 minutes!) and share your thoughts about global service with the ELCA. </p><p><a href="https&#58;//surveys.elca.org/scripts/rws5.pl?FORM=gmservice">https&#58;//surveys.elca.org/scripts/rws5.pl?FORM=gmservice</a>​</p></div>02/17/2015Video Contest Benefits the ELCA Malaria CampaignAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/298http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/298<div class="ExternalClass3AEF5848EB234019B6BBB3D77E5093C4"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Sierra Pacific Synod hosted two contests to showcase the efforts of their congregations on &quot;God's Work. Our Hands.&quot; Sunday, which was held on September 7, 2014. &quot;God's work. Our hands.&quot; Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. This is a dedicated day of service, where congregations are encouraged to get out into their community&#160;and serve their neighbor.</span></p><p>Congregations in the Sierra Pacific Synod who participated in this special day of service could document their day with videos or written narratives, and could submit their content to two different contests. Videos were submitted to the Synod Storytellers Video Contest and narratives were entered in the Synod Storytellers Narrative Contest. </p><p>The Sierra Pacific Synod donated $100 in honor of the winner of the video contest to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. This contest was won by Hope Lutheran Church in Fresno, CA, who took on a number of different projects that day. Their video captured members doing things like planting, sewing, singing, cleaning, assembling care packages and more. To watch their fabulous video about their day of service, click <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=79MY950C3UA&amp;feature=youtu.be">here</a>. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Contest%202.JPG" alt="Contest 2.JPG" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Volunteers from Hope Lutheran Church in Fresno, CA were featured in the video.&#160;</em></p><p>The winner of the narrative contest received a $100 donation in their honor from the Sierra Pacific Synod to ELCA Good Gifts. That contest was won by Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Sacramento, CA. They spent their day of service picking up litter along a mile-long stretch of road, and now sponsor that portion of the street in their county's Adopt-a-Highway program. You can read their entry by clicking <a href="https&#58;//files.ctctcdn.com/9d110f6a001/ca18d267-27d5-46bb-8e13-374c1946314d.pdf">here</a>. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Contest%201.JPG" alt="Contest 1.JPG" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The clean-up crew from Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Sacramento, CA</em></p><p>Congratulations to Hope Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer! Thank you for capturing the work of your congregations in creative and inspiring ways! Thanks, also, to the Sierra Pacific Synod for your generous donations. The ELCA Malaria Campaign is grateful to benefit from this contest!</p><p>The Sierra Pacific Synod plans to hold another contest in the fall of 2015. &quot;God's Work. Our Hands.&quot; Sunday is scheduled for September 13, 2015, and we look forward to hearing and seeing more great work from this synod then! &#160;</p></div>02/13/2015"The training is very beneficial" - The Lutheran malaria program in BurundiAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/297http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/297<div class="ExternalClass5199BE67D4104617B79652870098E719"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">My name is Geraldine Nzeyimana.&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I live in the Mwiruzi village in Mishiha Commune in Burundi.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Geraldine%20Nzeyimana%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Geraldine Nzeyimana for web.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" />​<br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I got sick [with malaria] when I was pregnant.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I got so sick that I could not reach the health clinic.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I did not realize that I had malaria. Those who had been trained about malaria [through the Lutheran malaria program] came and told me that my symptoms suggested malaria.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I then went to the health clinic for testing.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">They discovered malaria and they treated me.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">However, after a month, I got sick again. I became sickly and I even went to the hospital.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I went home, only to return again two months later.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Once I had the baby, when she was one month old, she contracted malaria.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I went to the health clinic again—twice.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">On the second time, they admitted her into the hospital.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">They gave her an IV injection and then she started improving.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The training does help in the community.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">It helps because when my </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">child is sick and I'm worried about the illness, I go to talk to the animator, the community member who has been trained about malaria.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">She recognizes the symptoms and then tells me to go to the health clinic.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The training they received is very beneficial.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;&#160;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">​</span></p></div>02/11/2015"They have helped us to get rid of malaria" - the Lutheran malaria program in UgandaAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/296http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/296<div class="ExternalClassC99600D65FE94757BD137C26B98CDF4A"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Peter and his family live in the Katakwi sub-county in Katakwi District, Uganda. His extended family lives close together&#58; Peter 's children and grandchildren, Peter's sister and her family, and Peter's brother and his family share Peter's home compound.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Peters%20family%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Peters family for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>Photo&#58; Peter</em></span></p><p>Malaria used to be a constant struggle for Peter and his extended family. Then the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) malaria program in Uganda began activities in Peter's village.&#160; Through the Lutheran program, a trained volunteer called a VHT (Village Health Team member) began to serve their village. The VHT, Michael, helped Peter and his family to learn about malaria prevention and control and to access resources like nets, malaria testing and treatment. </p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Peters%20family%20group%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Peters family group for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Peter's extended family</em></p><p>Peter says, &quot;I am glad for the LWF malaria program. They go around and monitor households, and they have helped us to get rid of malaria.&quot;</p><p>Instead of a constant struggle with malaria, Peter's family is now equipped to stay healthy.&#160; They keep their compound free of standing water that attracts mosquitoes, they sleep under mosquito nets at night and when anyone starts to show symptoms of malaria, they call Michael immediately. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Peters%20family%20Judith%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Peters family Judith for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Judith, Peter's 7-year-old family member who has benefitted from the Lutheran malaria program&#160;in Katakwi.&#160;</em></p><p>Cases of malaria in Peter's household have reduced dramatically.&#160; In fact his newest grandchild, a baby girl, has lived her whole life malaria-free!</p></div>02/04/2015