The ELCA Malaria Campaign is producing some new resources this year, to help you learn more about the impact that Lutheran malaria programs are making in Africa, and to help you tell the story to your friends, congregation and synod.
Malawi video: a new, two-minute video highlighting the impact of Lutheran malaria programming in Malawi is now available! Click on the Multi-Media tab here to watch or download the video. To watch the video, click "download." To save the video to your computer to watch later, right-click on "download" and choose "save link as." (And if you haven't seen the Zambia video yet, by all means watch that one too!)
World Malaria Day 2014. Globally, World Malaria Day is celebrated on April 25th each year. This year, ELCA congregations are encouraged to celebrate World Malaria Sunday on April 27—one week after Easter. Our World Malaria Day offerings and gifts this year will support the malaria program implemented by our companions in Namibia. We are working on a World Malaria Week Action Kit that will include sermon starters, worship ideas, a children's sermon, Sunday school activities, a PowerPoint presentation, and a profile of the malaria program in Namibia. Watch this blog for more information about the Action Kit!
Vacation Bible School 2014: Looking for VBS inspiration? The ELCA Malaria Campaign is preparing a comprehensive VBS curriculum that will be available for free download in March, and printed copies will be available in April. The curriculum includes a daily theme; Bible study and memory verse; malaria-related lesson plans; and ideas for thematic games, crafts, activities and snacks. The VBS curriculum is designed to help participants think about and participate in our global malaria work as an expression of their Lutheran Christian identity.
Country Profiles: We have continued to prepare and publish profiles for each county malaria program. At this point profiles are available (under Campaign Impact tab) for: Angola, Burundi, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. A Namibia country profile will be available before World Malaria Day, and a profile for South Sudan will be available soon as well. (The program in the Central African Republic is on hold as the country continues to experience instability and political unrest.)