Friday, February 15, 2013

Imagine No Malaria - Lenten Devotion Day 3: February 15

Friday February 15, 2013: ACTION DAY! 
Many people like to give up something for Lent – a Friday meal, coffee or soda, sweets like chocolate, even fasting for a day each week. Have you already decided? 
This year, consider adding Imagine No Malaria as a prayer focus for your sacrifice. Use the time you might otherwise be drinking your coffee, eating chocolate, or even while fasting at mealtime to remember those who are tragically affected each day by malaria. To get you started, below is a picture of Francess Beecher—a young mother in Sierra Leone who has felt the tragic touch of this disease. 
Want to take it to the next level? Make this a fundraiser by donating the cost of the chocolate, meals or other sacrifices that you save to Imagine No Malaria! 

Dec. 2, 2010 | BO, Sierra Leone (UMNS) 
Francess Beecher knows the staggering cost from just one mosquito bite. 
In September, she lost her firstborn, 2-year-old Jonathan, to malaria. “He caught high fever and within a few days became weak and anemic.” The family eventually took Jonathan to the village health center, but he was too weak to recover. He died a few hours later. 
Now five months pregnant, Francess is hopeful her child will enjoy a long life. She received three insecticide-treated bed nets [from a UMCOR distribution in the Bo District of Sierra Leone] to protect their family from the mosquito-borne disease. 
Excerpts taken from a UMNS article by Phileas Jusu, Dec. 2, 2010 
(”A Mother Pays Highest Price of Malaria”) 

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