Dear Sisters and Brothers,
In this Lenten Season I want to remind you of World Malaria Sundaywhich will be April 24, 2016. World Malaria Day is April 25, 2016.
As a synod we gave over $250,000 to the ELCA Malaria Campaign which focused its attention upon the plight of children in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ELCA together gave over $15 million for the control of malaria to this very vulnerable population.
The Global Missions Committee of the Virginia Synod was in touch with President Tobias Eleasar of our Lutheran World Federation partner synod, the Islands District of Papua New Guinea. Malaria is a very dangerous part of the lives of their children as well. President Eleasar made a request for 5,000 nets for the children of his islands district or $50,000. Lynda and I have bought another 50 nets for this need among our partner synod.
We are working with the ELCA Global Mission Unit and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea churchwide office in this pilot project of beginning a new initiative in combatting malaria in a new part of the globe.
If you would like to celebrate our partnership with Papua New Guinea on World Malaria Sunday, you may pray for our brothers and sisters and if you choose to support them financially, checks may be made to the Virginia Synod marked “Mosquito nets for PNG.” These funds will be sent quarterly to the ELCA Global Missions who will send it to the ELC-PNG who will distribute it for its purpose in the Islands District.
We have received $3000 thus far in this initiative.
Bishop Jim Mauney