Let’s Begin….

Well, I am amazed! I can’t believe the number of folks that have visited this blog since I launched it. I left it alone around 3:30 AM this morning and by the time I got back online around 10:30 AM it had been viewed over 30 times and I had 2 comments and 3 persons subscribed. Wow!

Since I will spend a significant amount of time sharing my journey relating to food & hunger during Lent; I will start sharing my thought on malaria first.

Imagine No Malaria is an effort of the people of The United Methodist Church to raise $75 million to eliminate death and suffering from malaria in Africa by 2015. This comprehensive approach to beating malaria through prevention, education, communication and treatment will engage the passion of 11.5 million United Methodists worldwide to empower an entire continent to achieve a sustainable victory over malaria.”

Now if that is not an awe-inspiring goal I don’t know what is. However, I often have a twisted thought about such things. For instance…..

After Hurricane Katrina, now 5 years ago, the people called United Methodist raised something like $60 million in aid in under 2 months. Obviously a needed ministry and there is work STILL to be done in the area damaged in that storm. But it makes one think — if we can raise that kind of money that quickly — why will it take us until 2015 to raise $75 million? And with Katrina — the devastation and death toll were a given after the storm. With malaria, people are dying every day — one every 45 seconds. We have the resources to stop this, but we are seeming to take our time. I haven’t done the math but I shudder to think of how many women, children and men will die between now at 2015 if one dies every 45 seconds.

“We are making a difference. Today a child dies every 45 seconds from malaria; just a short time ago, it was every 30 seconds. The clock is slowing down. The number of deaths per year has dropped from 1 million to 800,000.” But even one death is too many.

There have been many devastating world events between then and now. And I know that resources are limited — particularly with our economy suffering as it has been. But we do have the resources to stop this in its tracks — if we will. The question is: will we?

You can make a difference.

  • One hundred percent of your donation goes to Imagine No Malaria.
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation have underwritten the campaign’s cost, eliminating overhead expenses.
  • Every $10 buys a insecticide-treated mosquito bed net.
  • Every bed net saves a life.

You can donate on the web: http://www.imaginenomalaria.org
or you can sent your donation to: Senoia United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 98, Senoia, GA 30276 and mark it Imagine No Malaria and we will gladly add it to our contributions in your name.

Until the next time…..The HOG Father


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