Why the Lutheran Malaria Initiative?
Why the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI)?
Luther: Jesus took on our flesh; we “take on” our neighbor’s flesh by helping the needy.
- “By this we know love, that Christ laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).
- “Whatsoever you have done to the least of these my brethren, you have done also to me” (Matt. 25:40).
- There are more than 18 million Lutherans in Africa. More than 800,000 people around the world die of malaria each year, and most of them are children.
- The U.N. Foundation (not the U.N.!), sought out Lutheran World Relief (Baltimore) as one of some 200 possible organizations, and the LCMS because of:
1) excellence in delivery of services;
2) significant American constituency;
3) our Lutheran partners—doctors, nurses, churches, clinics, Sunday schools “at the last mile” in Africa where people suffer from malaria.
- When we strengthen our African Lutheran partners, they tell others about Jesus!
- Shouldn’t we be doing things to help people here in the U.S.? Yes! We do that, too!
- Malaria is preventable and treatable.
- The education, prevention and treatment efforts going on right now in places like Tanzania are working!
- What about DDT? Governments make policy and argue about chemicals. Meanwhile, we have the means to severely reduce malaria deaths now. Let’s do it in the name of Jesus!
- “They can’t hear the Gospel if they have died of malaria” (Lutheran Bishop Walter Obare of Kenya—most of whose siblings are dead of malaria).
Learn more at www.lcms.org/lmi and join me in giving generously to LMI!
Pastor Matthew Harrison, President
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) is a partnership of Lutheran World Relief and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to mobilize U.S. Lutherans in the global effort to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. LMI is made possible through support from the United Nations Foundation.
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