ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/"I learned how to fight against malaria" - the Lutheran malaria program in BurundiBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/328http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/328<div class="ExternalClass8554C443BA894E77B49496A9F5914F5C"><p><img alt="Leonard and Letitcia for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Leonard%20and%20Letitcia%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Leonard Ndayisenga is no stranger to Lutheran World Federation (LWF)-Burundi programming. &#160;For several years he has been a participant in the Community Empowerment Program, an LWF-Burundi program supported by ELCA World Hunger. The Community Empowerment Program works to equip Burundians with knowledge and training in human rights, leadership and sustainable livelihoods. </p><p>In 2011, Leonard and several of his neighbors banded together to begin a banana collective. LWF provided them with disease-resistant banana seedlings and education on sustainable agricultural practices. Their endeavor has been successful, and this spring the banana collective was able to expand to three fields.&#160; Leonard and his fellow agricultural entrepreneurs have been able to share banana seedlings with their neighbors, as well, and they plan to begin cultivating pineapples later this year. </p><p>&quot;The banana trees are doing well,&quot; says Leonard, whose colleagues elected him leader of the banana collective.&#160; &quot;There are now many people in the association, and they have an increased confidence and courage now. We are all very satisfied and happy because the project wasn't just beneficial for us but also for others. We're proud to serve as a model.&quot;</p><p><img alt="Leonard in Mwiruzi banana field for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Leonard%20in%20Mwiruzi%20banana%20field%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Malaria, however, has presented an obstacle to Leonard's solid business plan. &quot;When my family is sick with malaria,&quot; he says, &quot;we have so many problems.&#160; When I am sick, it is difficult to work in the banana field and my business suffers. When my wife [Letitcia] and our child are sick, nothing gets done in the household; our home is paralyzed.&quot;</p><p>And so, when LWF-Burundi introduced the Lutheran malaria program last year, Leonard was eager to participate. &quot;I learned how to fight against malaria during the LWF training last spring,&quot; Leonard says. &quot;I learned how to recognize the signs of someone suffering from malaria&#58; high temperature, vomiting, bad taste in one's mouth, dizziness, loss of knowledge and awareness.&quot;&#160; </p><p>The LWF malaria program also connected Leonard with his local Community Health Worker, who is able to give health care advice at the local level.</p><p>This time, &quot;when my child got sick with malaria, I consulted with the Community Health Worker, and he advised me to go to the health center.&#160; They had medicine there.&quot;&#160; Leonard's three-year-old son, Idi Barake, received the malaria medication for free through a government subsidy program. He recovered fully.</p><p>Through his connection to the LWF Community Empowerment Program, Leonard has learned skills and become a community leader and entrepreneur, generating income to support his family.&#160; And through the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi, he has learned important ways to protect his family from malaria, and to access the health care that they need to flourish. Leonard and his family look forward to a successful and malaria-free future!</p><p>&#160;</p></div>06/30/2015We’re almost there- ELCA Malaria Campaign $500,000 away from raising $15 million!Ben Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/327http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/327<div class="ExternalClassAC0D9D6095AC475A88FA15E58551A9EB"><p>​The ELCA Malaria Campaign launched four years ago with a goal to raise $15 million. This campaign was in&#160;response to&#160;a global call by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to contain malaria by 2015. Thanks to this global effort, half as many people die from malaria today as in the year 2000, according to the World Health Organization. <strong>As of today, ELCA members and congregations—YOU—have raised $14.5 million and we are just $500,000 from reaching our goal! Thank you!</strong></p><p>This last $500,000 is critical to fully funding the work of our Lutheran partners in Namibia, the Central African Republic, and Burundi. The ELCA Malaria Campaign has created a fantastic&#160;<a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1JZRaeD">video</a>&#160;to show how your generous gifts are supporting our partners' work to contain malaria, and to announce just how close we are to fully funding&#160;all of the&#160;programs. <span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">Please&#160;share the <a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1JZRaeD">video​</a>&#160;with ELCA members</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">,</span><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">&#160;congregations and Malaria Campaign supporters</span>. And don't forget to <a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1IZR9nX">give</a> to help us reach the goal!</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/14.5M%20YouTube.JPG" alt="14.5M YouTube.JPG" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>You can view and download the video by clicking </em><a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1JZRaeD"><em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>The time is now!&#160;Please join us&#160;in this life-saving work&#160;by <a href="http&#58;//bit.ly/1IZR9nX">giving ​</a>to the ELCA Malaria Campaign and helping us reach our goal of $15 million by 2015.&#160;​​</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Bahiga%20Euphrasie%20and%20daughter%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Bahiga Euphrasie and daughter for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p></div>06/26/2015“We need to squish those mosquitoes”-Lutherans respond to call to end MalariaBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/325http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/325<div class="ExternalClass33D5D9AC1A11467491262BE395FE7632"><p>Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfax, VA has just surpassed the $5,000 mark, raising $5,185 dollars this year as part of their participation in the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Members at Lord of Life have helped raise some $17,000 over four years to help end Malaria. According to member Dorothy Sorrell &quot;it was obvious Lord of Life would help.&quot; when the ELCA Malaria Campaign began five years ago.</p><p>Dorothy says that Lord of Life has &quot;a true spirit of serving others&quot; as evidenced by their robust outreach ministries rooting&#160;Lord of Life and its members in their community as a place of worship, but also as neighbors to those in need. Lord of Life provides meals and shelter to people experiencing homelessness and helps ]furnish apartments for people moving out of homelessness, helps meet transportation needs for seniors in their community, and offers English as a second language (ESL) courses,&#160;Dorothy says learning the facts about Malaria was key—especially learning that people were dying from a disease that is preventable and treatable, including a child every 60 seconds (which has slowed from every 45 seconds five years ago, when the ELCA Malaria Campaign was launched, according to the World Health Organization)Lord of Life felt called to participate in the ELCA Malaria Campaign becasue of Lutheran malaria programs. &#160;Through support from the ELCA and our Lutheran companions, Lutheran Malaria programs in 13 countries are educating health care teams, pastors and other church leaders and building sustainable networks of education, prevention and treatment for malaria. </p><p><img alt="Lord of Life Fairfax.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Lord%20of%20Life%20Fairfax.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Lord of Life members have contributed to the campaign through a number of events and projects including Lenten and Vacation Bible School (VBS) offerings, selling pipecleaner mosquitoes and Mother's Day chrysanthemum corsages, and using this year's Malaria Campaign offering envelopes—an idea Dorothy says she got from the Malaria Campaign blog. Dorothy shared a story of one person's reaction to the ELCA Malaria Campaign—one of Lord of Life's youngest members, the Pastor's daughter. After a VBS closing event she asked that the ELCA Malaria Campaign be included in her family prayer time because, &quot;we need to squish those mosquitoes!&quot; The VBS children helped bring a personal connection to the ELCA Malaria Campaign by writing friendship cards to the children in the countries where the ELCA's Lutheran companions have malaria programs.</p><p>&#160;</p><p><em>Ben Brown currently serves as an intern with ELCA World Hunger. Ben will be a senior at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio this fall, studying Religion and Political Science.&#160;Ben is from Indianapolis, Indiana.</em></p><p><em>&#160;</em></p><p><br>&#160;</p></div>06/19/2015Daniel Lesunguya - The Lutheran malaria program in TanzaniaBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/324http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/324<div class="ExternalClass22A4F5B146254887B0C02008C1DF0FEB"><p><img alt="Daniel Lesunguya for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Daniel%20Lesunguya%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;<em><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;">Daniel Lesunguya, evangelist for the Bonde la Ruvu Lutheran Parish teaches congregants about how to prevent malaria, recognize its symptoms and seek medical care.</span></em></p><p>Daniel Lesunguya is the evangelist for the&#160;Bonde la Ruvu Parish of Tanzania.&#160;In addition to his theological training, Daniel also has training in malaria prevention.&#160;Daniel makes regular home visits to the members of the congregations he serves. He has noted an increased use in bed nets as a result of the education in the parish, and an increase in&#160;people&#160;seeking treatment at the health facilities when malaria symptoms arise.</p><p>As Daniel makes house visits, he says there have been several times when&#160;he's found someone in the household who is sick and he's able to recognize they have malaria symptoms. He prays for the sick person and&#160;advices them to seek medical treatment immediately.</p><p>There are 4 health centers serving the parish, but it can still be a great distance for members to travel to reach one. If they have the money, the can hire a piki piki (motorcycle) to take them, or sometimes they&#160;travel by donkey. Otherwise, they must travel by foot which can sometimes take more than a day because a person sick with malaria cannot walk quickly. If that is the case, they must spend the night in the bush and continue the next day.</p><p>The primary livelihood of the congregants is livestock farming. Some also have small-scale farming operations.</p><p>Daniel speaks about the challenge of developing healthy habits and behavoir​&#160;changes in the congregation. &quot;It is more difficult for them to accept something new,&quot; he says. Daniel also noted the difficulty of moving about such a large geographic area to sensitize people about malaria.&#160;</p><p>The church health facility is seeking a partnership with the government to help access more staffing and resources. That also means the facility will provide free malaria testing and treatment (plus other health services) to church health facility&#160;members.</p><p><em></em><em>The Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania is supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign and implemented by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo courtesy of LWR.</em><em> </em>​</p><p>​</p></div>06/17/2015"We have big hope" - The Lutheran malaria program in BurundiBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/323http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/323<div class="ExternalClassB2315E55D05540F1A4ED2574BA2037EA"><p>​<strong>&quot;We have big hope&quot;—The Lutheran malaria program in Burundi</strong></p><p>Ben Brown</p><p><img alt="Bugera Barnabe for web 2.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Bugera%20Barnabe%20for%20web%202.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&quot;What is Burundi?&quot; asks Bugera Barnabe, Program Coordinator for Lutheran World Federation (LWF)-Burundi, and a citizen of the East African nation. </p><p>&#160;&quot;It is a small county with a complex situation. We are not hopeless, but we are lagging behind in development. Burundians want to develop our own country,&quot; Bugera continues. </p><p>&#160;&quot;Ninety percent of the population lives on agriculture, but they are not all using the best methods; they need services and training. Why bother with Burundi? At the end of the day, we all need to be developed. Development has become a global responsibility, and we need to grow.&quot;</p><p>&#160;He appreciates the community-based approach of the LWF programs in Burundi. &quot;LWF helps Burundians to build capacity to do it on our own, to get back on our own two feet.&quot; </p><p>&#160;The LWF-Burundi malaria program, which is supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign, is a great example of how the work of LWF educates and equips hard-working communities to grow and thrive. In Burundi's Cankuzo province, where the malaria program is active, &quot;they do a lot of cultivation of rice, and other crops,&quot; explains Bugera.&#160; &quot;The habitat is surrounded by bush, bananas trees, sorghum.&#160; Essentially, there are mosquito multiplication facilities all around the houses!&quot;</p><p>Because malaria is a disease that intensifies the cycle of poverty and hunger, and weakens household stability, the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi emphasizes education at the household and community levels. &quot;We see malaria as a cross-cutting issue,&quot; says Bugera. &quot;Every single discussion includes malaria.&quot;&#160; </p><p><img alt="Kiddo with water jug for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Kiddo%20with%20water%20jug%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>What is Bugera's hope for the program? &quot;We want to see change in people.&#160; After two years of programming, we want everyone to know what malaria is, how to prevent it, and to include this behavior in their daily activities.&#160; We want to look at someone's house and see evidence of the fight against malaria.&quot; </p><p>&#160;The educational approach is bringing results.&#160; &quot;The LWF malaria program has been successful, and we hope that some other NGOs will come and use our example,&quot; Bugera is proud to say. &quot;It shouldn't surprise me—to see that there are already positive changes happening. It's very good. Because malaria is taking a big toll, and when people see there is a way to deal with this big problem, they are encouraged to take on other things.&#160; We have big hope.&quot; </p><p><em>For an additional article about Bugera Barnabe and the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi, visit </em><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><em>this earlier blog post</em></span><em>&#58; [</em><a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/235"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><em>http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/235</em></span></a><em>]</em></p><p><strong><em>&#160;</em></strong></p></div>06/11/2015Reflections on a Bike Trip Across South Dakota for MalariaPastor Betsy Hoiumhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/322http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/322<div class="ExternalClassCBB38A366B84489984762D01B6A4840D"><p>​<em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Nine bikers and five support people recently completed a 350-mile bike ride across South Dakota to raise money and awareness for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.&#160;&#160;The six-day ride ended at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City for the South Dakota Synod Assembly. One of the bikers, Pastor Betsy Hoium, reflects on the journey.</em></p><p>On May 23 I set out on a 350-mile bike ride across South Dakota with 7 other bikers (one more joined us partway through the trip).&#160; The idea had sounded crazy but I like challenges and the bigger and crazier the adventure is the better.&#160; I had done most of my training on the&#160;<a href="https&#58;//www.siouxfalls.org/parks/bike/trail/view-map.aspx">Sioux Falls Bike Trail</a>, a 19-mile loop that follows the Big Sioux River.&#160;</p><p>&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Group%20about%20to%20begin%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Group about to begin for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The bikers and support crew ready to begin the ride. </em></p><p>But when it came to the day of the ride, I had no idea if I could actually do it.&#160; I only knew a few of the group before the ride and several were avid bikers&#58;&#160; one had ridden over 100,000 miles in his lifetime and another had logged 3,000 miles this calendar year.&#160; Wow.&#160; I was excited that I'd just passed 3,000 miles on my bike in a dozen years.&#160;</p><p>What had I signed up for?</p><p>There were other reasons to be apprehensive too.&#160; It was 7 men and only 2 women; the previous time they'd done this ride there were no women.&#160; Had I trained enough?&#160; Could I keep up?&#160; Could I get on my bike and pedal six days in a row after sleeping on the floor in churches?&#160; And what about the wind?&#160; South Dakota is famous for its wind.</p><p>Our route took us from Madison, South Dakota to Rapid City, mainly along Highway 34.&#160; I was glad to get going the first day—to take out all my pent up anxiety by pedaling.&#160; And to finish that day—75 miles—pulling into Our Savior's Lutheran in Wessington Springs.&#160; Along the way we'd passed red barns, white farmhouses and picturesque towns every six or seven miles.&#160; We'd done it!&#160; All of us had made it through Day 1 and that gave us renewed confidence that yes we can do this—one day and one hill at a time.</p><p>&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/route%20Day%202%20for%20web.jpg" alt="route Day 2 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The route for Day 2</em></p><p>Our second day – Pentecost Sunday – was the longest.&#160; 104 miles, the longest bike ride I had ever done.&#160; I wore my red bike jersey and in South Dakota style, there was wind!&#160; The Spirit was definitely with us and the wind was at our back most of the day.&#160; We rode past a small church where the doors were wide open and we heard the songs of Pentecost Sunday.</p><p>Much of the day we rode through desolate country on the Crow Creek Reservation—a great contrast to the day before.</p><p>Before lunch we turned north for 12 miles, into the wind and mostly uphill.&#160; It was the most challenging part of the whole week.&#160; My legs burned.&#160; I was spent.&#160; We stopped for lunch at the 55-mile point.&#160; I was pretty sure I was going to quit for the day.&#160; I thought, &quot;55 miles is pretty respectable.&#160; I can ride with the support team.&quot;&#160;</p><p>The other bikers rallied around encouraging me.&#160; We had something to eat, which gave us renewed energy.&#160; We were turning west again so the wind would help us.&#160; The others suggested that I ride to the next rest stop and then decide.&#160; Which I did.&#160; And from there, with their encouragement, I completed the rest of the day's ride.&#160; It was amazing to come over the crest of a hill and see the Missouri River.&#160; It gave me hope in a dry, barren place.&#160; That also meant it was only 15 more miles to the state capitol of Pierre where we were staying that night.</p><p>&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Odometer%20103.76%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Odometer 103.76 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Proof! Pastor Betsy's odometer at the end of their 104-mile day. </em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Pastor%20Betsy,%20Pat%20and%20Roe%20Eidsness%20finishing%20104%20mile%20day%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Pastor Betsy, Pat and Roe Eidsness finishing 104 mile day for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Pastor Betsy, Pat and Roe Eidsness (L-R) at the end of the 104-mile day.</em></p><p>What I value most from this trip is the teamwork.&#160; Biking can be a very individual sport and yet in this group everyone looked out for and took care of one another.&#160; We also had an incredible support team of five people and several vehicles.&#160; We could not have done it without them.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Support%20Team%20in%20God%27s%20Work,%20Our%20Hands%20shirts%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Support Team in God's Work, Our Hands shirts for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The support team in &quot;God's Work, Our Hands&quot; T-shirts.</em></p><p>Part of this trip was about personal challenge.&#160; Another part was about raising money and awareness for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.&#160; Something that by working together we can stamp out!&#160; The ELCA is now over 95% of the way to its goal of raising $15 million by 2015.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Group%20at%20Grace%20Lutheran%20in%20Hayes%20on%20Day%204%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Group at Grace Lutheran in Hayes on Day 4 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The group at Grace Lutheran in Hayes, SD</em></p><p>Everywhere we went people were curious about what we were doing and why we were doing it.&#160; It gave us the opportunity to talk about it.&#160; Each of us had been called crazy and it was fun when all of us got together because we didn't call each other crazy!&#160; It was a way to use something that we love to do to serve others.</p><p>On this trip I met new friends and gained a much greater appreciation for the geography, landscape and people of this diverse state, while also helping people across the world.&#160; Part of what inspired me is the book I am currently reading called&#160;<em>Dakota&#58;&#160;&#160;A Spiritual Geography&#160;</em>by Kathleen Norris.&#160; You can learn must more about a place in six days traveling by bicycle than in a 6-hour drive on the interstate.&#160; </p><p>&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Grace%20Lutheran%20in%20Hayes%20at%20sunset%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Grace Lutheran in Hayes at sunset for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Grace Lutheran Church, Hayes, SD</em></p><p>We stayed in big churches and in tiny ones.&#160; We were interviewed by a local newspaper and spotted Flat Jesus wherever we went.&#160; (Flat Jesus is a project that Peace Lutheran Church is doing this summer as a reminder that Jesus is with you wherever you go. Learn more&#160;<a href="http&#58;//www.peacelutheran.com/flat-jesus-2/">here</a>.)</p><p>&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Flat%20Jesus%20in%20the%20Badlands%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Flat Jesus in the Badlands for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Flat Jesus at the Badlands. </em></p><p>Some of the things I discovered are&#58;</p><ul><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">South Dakota is not flat!&#160; But I am actually quite good at hills.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The open country where you can see 360 degrees is beautiful.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">There has been lots of rain so the whole state is unusually green</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Seeing baby calves, baby colts and baby ducks; wildflowers; and fields being planted.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">That I had no idea you could bike to Wall Drug!&#160; The town of Wall only has a population of 800 but is known worldwide.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">That Pastor Daryl Schubert who organized the trip grew up in Australia and has had malaria while serving as a missionary in Tanzania.</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">That training, camaraderie, teamwork and prayer make a ride like this possible.</span><br></li></ul><p><br></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Group%20having%20just%20finished%20at%20Calvary%20in%20Rapid%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Group having just finished at Calvary in Rapid for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em>&#160;</p><p><em>Photo&#58; They made it! The team arrives at Calvary Lutheran Church, Rapid City, SD.&#160;</em></p><p>Rather than leading worship on Pentecost Sunday this year, I was out in the world experiencing the Holy Spirit in action.&#160; It is this same Holy Spirit that will help us together combat malaria in Africa.</p><p><br><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Pastor%20Betsy%20biking%20on%20road%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Pastor Betsy biking on road for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br><br><em>Photo&#58; Pastor Betsy Hoium</em><br><br><em>About the author&#58;&#160;&#160;Pastor Betsy Hoium serves as associate pastor of faith formation at Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.&#160;&#160;Betsy is in the third year of her call and is a 2012 graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.&#160;&#160;Prior to becoming a pastor, she served as a staff attorney and assistant airport director for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.&#160;</em><br><br><em>The ride was organized by Daryl Schubert, originally from Australia and now an ELCA pastor who will be starting a new call at New Home Lutheran and St. Mary's Episcopal Churches in Mitchell, South Dakota.</em><br><br><em>The bikers included six pastors, an associate in ministry and two lay people.</em><br><br><em>For more images of the group's ride, visit Peace Lutheran's&#160;</em><a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/PeaceLutheran"><em>Facebook page</em></a><em>.&#160;​</em></p></div>06/09/2015