Friday, March 8, 2013

Imagine No Malaria-Lenten Devotion Day 24: March 8


Friday, March 8, 2013: ACTION DAY 

Malaria can be overcome, but only if enough people know about the cause, and care enough to eliminate the disease. Help spread the word! 

Today, tell two people in your life about Imagine No Malaria. It can be your co-worker, classmate, grandmother, or neighbor. 

Nervous about how to start the conversation? Here’s a guide for you: 
“Hello [NAME]. As part of my Lenten focus, I am praying for and learning about Imagine No Malaria—a ministry of my church, The United Methodist Church, that is working to eliminate deaths caused by malaria in Africa by 2015. Today I am sharing information about this ministry with two people in my life, and you are one! 

Did you know that nearly one million children die each year from this disease? It starts off feeling like the flu, but gets much worse. Kids often fall into a fever-induced coma. Adults can’t work. If a person isn’t treated for malaria fast enough, it kills. In fact, a child dies from malaria every sixty seconds. 
The good news is that malaria is preventable, treatable, and BEATABLE! 

Since malaria is spread by a specific mosquito that only bites at night, bed nets can help stop infections. So can cleaning up areas where mosquitoes breed, like puddles and trash-filled creeks. We can also help by training health workers, putting reminders to use the bed nets on the radio, and by improving and revitalizing our hospitals and clinics in Africa so they can better serve their patients. 

If you want to help, you can come to my church to hear more, or go to www.ImagineNoMalaria.org: you can learn more about malaria, and even make a donation if you feel called. 

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