ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Campers share abundantly at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran CenterAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/271http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/271<div class="ExternalClassA0802076151549489608850EED0D6777"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">C</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">hildren, youth and young adults have consistently been some of the best leaders with the ELCA Malaria Campaign. </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Perhaps it's because malaria especially affects children, or perhaps it's because some malaria interventions are so inexpensive that even a little bit makes a difference. Whatever the case may be, our youngest members really seem to understand that they can make an impact. </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The campers and staff of Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center (LCLC) in Bemus Point, NY are no exception.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/LCLC%202%20small.jpg" alt="LCLC 2 small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>Photo&#58; Happy campers enjoy Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center</em></span></p><p>Each summer, the camp invites campers to share some of their canteen money to support a special cause. This year, campers had the opportunity to give to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. After hearing about the campaign at the Upstate New York Synod assembly, it seemed like a good match for LCLC's summer of 2014. It isn't hard to make a connection to mosquitoes in the great outdoors! At the end of each week, campers were encouraged to give some or all of their remaining canteen money to support malaria prevention. Many campers gave their entire remaining balance instead of pocketing the leftover cash. We can all learn something from their example of generosity. </p><p>​<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/LCLC%201%20small.jpg" alt="LCLC 1 small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Friends walk arm-in-arm at LCLC</em></p><p>LCLC had a goal of raising $1,000 throughout the summer, or the equivalent of 100 bed nets. When all was totaled, the campers had exceeded their goal, and were able to raise enough funds for 118 nets! </p><p>&quot;Our campers really seem to 'get it' when it comes to sharing out of their abundance with others in need,&quot; said Lee Lindeman, Executive Director of LCLC. Many thanks to the campers and staff of Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center, for sharing that abundance with the ELCA Malaria Campaign!</p></div>10/31/2014"God always gives me hope" - The Lutheran malaria program in BurundiJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/270http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/270<div class="ExternalClassF020A03B187C443DBF9912EB290F8464"><p></p><p>Pastor Jon Macumi leads a two-point Lutheran parish in Mishiha, in the province of Cankuzo​, Burundi. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Pastor%20Jon%20Macumi%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Pastor Jon Macumi for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>&quot;I have been participating in malaria training through the Lutheran World Federation for a long time,&quot; Pastor Jon relates. &quot;Even in Tanzania [where I was a refugee for many years], I was in charge of teaching other people ways to fight malaria.&#160; Here in Burundi, from the time this LWF program started, I have received [additional] training.&#160; And since I was already familiar with malaria symptoms and how to prevent it, it was easy to keep talking about malaria.&quot;</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Pastor Jon preaches the Word of God from his pulpit, and he teaches about malaria too. &quot;Sometimes a person has malaria and doesn't realize it, but instead thinks it's some other illness.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Then we advise them to go to the health center, because we know the symptoms of malaria.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Even armed with this knowledge, Pastor Jon has not been immune to the effects of malaria in his own life. &quot;When I got sick myself recently, I first experienced some fever, then I had a backache, followed by body aches. I went to the health center and they gave me medication. I feel better now, since I can get some work done.&quot;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Through his experiences with the work of Lutheran World federation in two different countries, Pastor Jon has gained a deep appreciation of LWF's ministry. &quot;Lutheran World Federation does a lot of good things in this community,&quot; he affirms.</span></p><p>&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;We used to experience hunger because of a disease that attacked cassava plants.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">At that time, LWF did the best to help those who were hungry, first giving them food and then also helping us find ways to increase the yield of our cassava plants.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">We uprooted all the plants that were affected by the disease.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">All around us now, we are happy with the cassava plants. Nobody complains now,&quot; he says with a big smile.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">And that's not all. &quot;Second, LWF has taught us how to work in collectives so that people can come close to each other and work together.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">These groups are doing well.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">People formed associations&#58; some loan cooperatives, some farming cooperatives, some trade cooperatives, such as opening restaurants and selling bread and other things.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">All of that is a sign of improvement.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">[Small enterprises] help individuals support themselves and their families.&quot;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">These relief and development programs (which were supported in part by ELCA World Hunger) paved the way for the more recent malaria program in Burundi.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;LWF now has trained us in ways of fighting malaria, which is a very serious illness,&quot; Pastor Jon says. &quot;When we advise patients to go the health center, they go and get medication, and they recover – because malaria is a curable illness.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Once they receive medication, they do recover and heal completely.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">In his parish work and in his malaria work, Pastor Jon encounters some challenges. Some people have difficulty affording medication for malaria or other illnesses. Occasionally the health center suffers a stock-out and cannot provide the medication that is needed.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Pastor%20Jon%20Macumi%202%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Pastor Jon Macumi 2 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;When you go the health center and there is no medication for two to four days, those who are sick get worse. That's something to pray for and to support,&quot; Pastor Jon encourages. (LWF Burundi is working with local governments and health offices to advocate for adequate drug supplies.)</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Lutheran church in Burundi is quite new and still very small. Its pastors must work as volunteers. Pastor Jon commutes between his two parishes on foot, often walking all day. But he does not lose hope. &quot;When I tell God about my own challenges and the challenges of others, God always gives me hope that our difficulties will end.&quot;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Amidst the challenges, he finds joy in his vocation. &quot;In my life, what makes me happy is praising God with all my heart.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">What makes me the happiest is to work for my God.&quot;</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Pastor Jon offers this prayer for those who have supported the ELCA Malaria Campaign&#58; &quot;God, most respected, we pray for the ELCA so that you keep strengthening it, and give them blessings for the work we are planning to accomplish together in this region.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">We thank you.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">And when we meet again, may we be healthy so that we can be grateful.</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&#160; </span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">In the name of Jesus Christ, our King. Amen.&quot;</span></p><p>&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">May it indeed be so!</span></p></div>10/27/2014Not a single member! - The Lutheran malaria program in TanzaniaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/269http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/269<div class="ExternalClassC51BBC3DE7C9415383566ECD80F9AD1C"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Tausi Juma is learning how to keep her children healthy. Tausi is participating in the &quot;Child Survival Program,&quot; one of the ministries of Usa River Lutheran Parish in Meru Diocese, Tanzania. The Child Survival program is part of the Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania.&#160;</span></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Tausi%20Juma%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Tausi Juma for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">Photo&#58; Tausi with her daughters Yahaya (L) and Nurudi (R).</em></p><p>The program reaches out to women like Tausi, with children under the age of three.&#160; So far 40 women are participating in the comprehensive Child Survival Program, which offers its participants food, health care, malaria prevention training and entrepreneurial training.&#160;&#160;</p><p>The Child Survival Program is making a difference in the Usa River Parish! The program reports that for the past two years, the parish has <em>not lost a single member </em>to malaria. </p><p>Because of her training with the Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania, Tausi now knows how to protect her children and herself from malaria. &#160;Tausi received a mosquito net from the Child Survival Program, and now she and her daughters, Yahaya and Nurudi, sleep under the protection of that net every night. </p><p><em>In Tanzania, the malaria program supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign is implemented by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo by Brenda Kimaro, courtesy of LWR.</em></p></div>10/24/2014We have extra newsletters!Allison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/268http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/268<div class="ExternalClass22031CF2D3364AFF9D47EB3945F28005"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">You may have received a copy of the Fall 2014 ELCA Malaria Campaign News in the mail. This season's issue features stories from Uganda and Burundi, as well as some answers to frequently asked questions about what happens when the fundraising goals of the&#160;ELCA Malaria Campaign are met.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Fall%202014%20Newsletter%20Cover.jpg" alt="Fall 2014 Newsletter Cover.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p>Would you like extra copies of this publication to share with your congregation or community? The newsletter is a great, current snapshot of the programming on the ground which is supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign. If you would like some spare copies, simply email <a href="mailto&#58;malaria@elca.org">malaria@elca.org</a> with your request for the quantity you would like, and a mailing address of where to send them.</p><p>Would you prefer an electronic PDF copy to circulate among friends? We are also happy to email the PDF version your way. Let us know if we can share this information with you, either in print or online.&#160;</p></div>10/21/201499 Bottles of Wine Against Malaria in the Indiana-Kentucky SynodAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/267http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/267<div class="ExternalClass4A5477F1077747E19EE916C0D5F52B3F"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">T</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">he Indiana-Kentucky synod is marching towards a goal of raising $300,000 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign, and they have under $100,000 left to go! How does one motivate the masses to reach the goal by the end of 2015? With a gift that is both Biblical and widely-appealing, of course! Each congregation in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod that raises $1000 or more will be gifted with a bottle of wine. In fact, congregations will receive a bottle of wine for each thousand dollars that they give to the campaign.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/IK%20Synod%20wine%20rack.jpg" alt="IK Synod wine rack.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br>​</span></p><p>Pastor Paul Meier, Malaria Synod Coordinator for Indiana-Kentucky and pastor of St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church, had an idea to sing the praises of participating congregations by using the song &quot;99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall&quot;. He will even sing your congregations' name into it! As congregations give generously to the Malaria Campaign, Pastor Paul will keep us updated on the bottles of wine that are coming down from the wall. Check out the promotional video <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoyHp67WpBw">here</a>, or by clicking on the link below the image. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/IK%20Synod%20Song.jpg" alt="IK Synod Song.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoyHp67WpBw">https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoyHp67WpBw</a> </p><p><em>Photo&#58; Pastor Paul Meier sings to encourage congregational support of the ELCA Malaria Campaign. </em></p><p>We are confident that the Indiana-Kentucky Synod will move a lot of bottles of wine from the wall, and many congregations are already participating.&#160;As Pastor Paul says in the lyrics, &quot;Lend a hand, give another grand, and claim your own bottle of wine on the wall!&quot;</p></div>10/17/2014"Now I have nothing to worry about" - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/266http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/266<div class="ExternalClass5C75A4612D6147A4A8EF1A1C49C4D6B2"><p><em>​Note&#58; In </em><a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/263"><em>this </em></a><em>recent blog post, you met Ester Akiror, a participant in the Lutheran malaria program in Uganda. Now it's time to meet her husband, Ogima Paul!</em></p><p>I am called Ogima Paul. My family lives in Damasiko village and my clan is called Ajamaa.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Ogima%20Paul%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Ogima Paul for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>Before the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) malaria program started here, there was a lot of frequent sickness in my family due to malaria and other sicknesses. Perhaps 3-6 times a month, someone from my household got sick.&#160; It was really challenging.&#160; We spent a lot of money on treatment, and sometimes we had no money left for food or clothing.&#160; When we were sick we could not work in the garden, which is our only source of income. </p><p>After LWF intervened with nets and education, we are seeing a real change.&#160; We hang our nets properly.&#160; We tie them up every morning and tuck them in properly every night.&#160; We learned all of this from Emanuel Edulu, one of the Village Health Team members (VHTs). As soon as we notice any sickness now, we go to the VHT.&#160; They emphasize being tested before taking any medication. &#160;These days we only have about one case of malaria each month in our household.&#160; </p><p>Through our participation in a Village Savings and Loan Association (sponsored by the LWF malaria program), we have been able to begin a small shop. We got a small loan from the VSLA and we used it to buy some used items that we resell here in the shop. I enjoy participating in the VLSA.&#160; </p><p>Since LWF came, things are getting better for my family. The children are fine—they even dress well. I now live in comfort. Before, my children had many illnesses and sometimes I did not have any money for their treatment. But since LWF came I am stable; I have saved money. I bought three goats, a sheep, chickens and a cow after I had joined the savings group. Now I have nothing to worry about! That is why I am grateful to LWF.</p><p>The change in my household has been very significant&#58; we now have knowledge. We built a pit latrine, a bath shelter and a drain rack to discourage mosquitoes. Our hygiene is properly managed. With so much less malaria now, we have been able to save enough money to buy a mattress. We are eating a good, balanced diet.&#160; We can concentrate on cultivation of our garden. We grow a variety of crops&#58; cassava, sorghum, ground nuts, sweet potatoes, green gram (a kind of bean).&#160; The crops are growing well.&#160; </p><p>There is a change in this whole community.&#160; The LWF program brought Emmanuel Edulu​ (a VHT) and malaria medication; now our children get treatment.&#160; I am grateful and I thank you for supporting the Lutheran malaria program in our area.&#160;</p></div>10/13/2014