Almighty Creator and ever-living God:we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Grace and peace to you!
Over the past four years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has given special attention to World Malaria Day on April 25. This year, on World Malaria Day, a massive earthquake struck Nepal.
As a church, you responded to this crisis immediately. I am grateful for the generosity of congregations and individuals who quickly offered assistance through Lutheran Disaster Response. Together, we have raised $400,000 to support recovery efforts. It is in these moments that I am heartened to see the profound way our long history of mission has put us exactly where God would have us to bring help and hope. Our prayers continue for the people of Nepal, especially for those who serve neighbors through our partners and companions.
At the same time, opportunities to give continue for World Malaria Day – a time that traditionally raises a great deal of funds and awareness to help our sisters and brothers in Africa put an end to this preventable, treatable disease.
Our companions and partners are still counting on your support, and we could use your help now.
Five years ago the ELCA joined worldwide efforts to fight malaria by launching the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Our goal: $15 million by 2015 to support the malaria programs of our Lutheran companions and partners. Today, we’re 94 percent of the way there.
Together, our work has stretched into 13 countries throughout Africa. We have fully funded our commitments to 10 country programs with positive results underway, but communities inthree countries still are depending on your support.
I give thanks for your past support and hope that you will prayerfully consider one more gift.
As we continue to celebrate new life in Christ, let us join together and ensure all of God’s children live whole, healthy lives.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America