The ELCA Malaria Campaign was rolled out to the whole church during the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in August 2011. At that time, we recognized the great work of 11 pioneering Pilot Synods, and invited the rest of the ELCA’s 65 synods to join us in our efforts to make malaria history.
I’m thrilled to report that the ELCA Malaria Campaign has gained momentum all over the church. From Hawaii to Maine, from Minnesota to Texas, individuals and congregations have given generously to the ELCA’s efforts to contain malaria in Africa. This week, we surpassed the $4 million mark! That means we’re over 25% of the way to our goal. Many thanks to the generous ELCA members and congregations who’ve helped us to reach this great milestone!
Another exciting milestone was reached this week as well: today we celebrate the first synod to reach the $200,000 mark in their fundraising efforts. Congratulations (and many thanks) to the Northeastern Ohio Synod!
I’d like to recognize a few other synods whose hard work has brought them very close to reaching the $200,000 mark:
Southwest California Synod: $195,337.69 raised so far
Minneapolis Area Synod: $192,942.60 raised so far
Northeastern Iowa Synod: $186,707.89 raised so far
We invite you to support the efforts in your synod and in your congregation. (If you’d like to know who your synod’s Malaria Coordinator is, contact my colleague Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll be glad to steer you in the right direction.)
Our overall campaign goal is to raise $15 million by 2015, which means an average of about $230,000 per synod. We hope that some of the larger synods can raise even more than $230,000!
Here’s another way to think about our $15 million goal: it’s only about $4 per ELCA member. If every single ELCA member donated their pocket change to the ELCA Malaria Campaign, we would meet our goal in no time!
So if you’re looking for a congregational goal, might I suggest $10 per baptized member? It’s a nice round number–think of it as providing one net or 5 doses of medication per member–and I think it’s an achievable goal as well. (Of course, we also need congregations and individuals who are able to reach deeper into their hearts and pockets and give larger gifts.)
I am so excited about the potential that we have, through the ELCA Malaria Campaign, to change the world. Working together with our partner Lutheran churches in Africa, we can make malaria history!