Saturday, April 25, 2009

World Malaria Day

Today is World Malaria Day.

Malaria causes around one million deaths a year worldwide. This is staggering for a disease that is easily preventable--we eliminated malaria in the US in the early 50s. World Malaria Day is meant to raise awareness of this disease and of the ways that we can all be involved in its eradication. Organizations like malaria NO MORE and Nothing But Nets (one of whose major partners is the United Methodist Church, I'm happy to see) make it easy for anyone to help by donating the funds that are so vital to this sort of undertaking.

I hardly need to say that fighting evils like malaria, spending oneself on aiding neighbors in need, is a responsibility for all Christians, mandated by our Lord Jesus.
Today--now--while this reality has for a moment crept past the blinders and into our minds, take whatever steps you can towards relieving the peoples tormented by this killer. Pray, give, and communicate, spurring the Body of Christ on to prayer and gifts and communication.

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