The Churchwide Assembly voted 968-19 to launch the ELCA Malaria Campaign and raise $15 million over four years to fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.
For ELCA partners in Africa, malaria is more deadly than war and HIV/AIDS. Voting members learned that some 800,000 people die each year from malaria. About 90 percent of those deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Malaria Campaign. Most are children. In fact, a child dies from malaria every 45 seconds. It's a disease from which campaign coordinator Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl believes Jesus healed Simon's mother-in-law (Luke 4:38-39).
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"The ELCA must always be a part of this fight," Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi said in a video presentation. "We need [your] support to succeed."
The action passed with two amendments. One acknowledged the malaria campaigns of full-communion partners. And another asked that campaign gifts be over and above regular gifts to ELCA World Hunger.
"In 2010, World Hunger observed a budget deficit," voting member Andrew Stevens, St. Paul Area Synod, said during debate. "It is important that our support of the malaria campaign does not come at the expense of World Hunger."
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