Mountain climbing for Malaria


​The tallest free-standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro towers 19,340 feet above sea level. It’s an international tourist destination  and a symbol of the breathtaking beauty of East Africa. Each year, tens of thousands of people attempt the challenging, multi-day hike to the top.

This year, some enthusiastic Lutherans will be among them.

The Rev. Dr. Jack Horner is the Director for Evangelical Mission in the Metropolitan New York Synod.  And in New York,  ”evangelical mission”  has everything to do with mountain climbing.

Next July, Pastor Horner and a group of committed (and athletic) Lutherans will go to “great heights” to raise awareness and funds for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. They’re planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and to raise $100,000 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign in the process!

They are inviting individuals, groups, and congregations to sponsor them at the rate of a penny a foot– $193.40. If they find 517 sponsors, they’ll make their fundraising goal, and the ELCA Malaria Campaign and our partners in Africa will be $100,000 closer to our goal of making malaria history.

What a wonderful and creative way to raise money for the ELCA Malaria Campaign! Thank you, Pastor Horner, the Metro New York Synod, and the committed Kilimanjaro team!

- Jessica Nipp
ELCA Malaria Campaign