A proposed $30 million ELCA malaria campaign will not go forward, but the ELCA will continue raising funds for the issue, Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson wrote in a Sept. 30 e-mail to churchwide staff.
"In recent months, mission support to the ELCA and support of ELCA World Hunger have declined significantly, and many synods and congregations are also struggling to deal with hard financial realities," he wrote. "In the light of this difficult economic situation, ELCA leadership has determined that a $30 million campaign around malaria, which was to be tested in the current biennium, is not feasible at this time. Therefore, the decision has been made to withdraw the ELCA's grant proposal to the U.N. Foundation and to end the partnership that was titled 'Lutheran Malaria Initiative.'"
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