A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Do More than Imagine No Malaria... Do Something About It...

...throw a house party!

In the U.S., we understand the importance of saving lives by fighting breast cancer or educating the public on how to prevent heart disease or advertising new products that help diabetes—but malaria is a disease that is unfamiliar to our part of the world.

In Africa, malaria is a nasty fact of life. In the U.S. it is someone else’s problem.

This year in Africa, 800,000 people—most of them children—will die from malaria. In these days and times, it seems inconceivable that a tiny insect—the mosquito—can do so much physical damage and cause so much personal heartache.

Yes, raising money is a priority when it comes to throwing a house party for Imagine No Malaria. But it’s bigger than that. It’s about saving children’s lives. It’s about fixing something that is fixable; healing something that is healable; preventing something that is preventable. At your house party, you have the opportunity to put faces on those who suffer. We believe when your guests see those faces and hear the stories of both sorrow and joy, they will be moved to do the right thing . . . the giving thing.

So, get the party started! All you need to be a house party host or hostess is a heart for the children of Africa . . . and for their mothers and fathers. It’s a good cause. Make it your cause.

Just invite folks who like to have a good time. Throw in a little food. Mix in a lot of fun. Do it all to make a difference. And before you can say “party hearty,” your Imagine No Malaria house party will have raised enough money to provide life-saving medicine, health training and mosquito nets to protect children and adults from malaria in Africa.

To learn more about throwing a house party to end malaria, click here.

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