Buzz, buzz, buzz. BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Seriously? Even though it is only April and I’m still sleeping in flannel pajamas under a stack of blankets, several times a week I am pestered awake by the buzzing of a mosquito (the only insect I know in Chinese, that’s not a good thing, Mister!). Riddle me this, how do I have a mosquito bite on my flannel covered forearm?
Pesky, clever, hungry and annoying.
For me, that’s the main problem I have with mosquitoes and yes, annoying is … annoying.
For others, the list describing mosquitoes would start with deadly. Whoa! There is a world of difference between annoying and dangerous. Why deadly? Mosquitoes are the primary way malaria is spread (a mis-named disease as it isn’t the air that’s bad).
Malaria is preventable and treatable, but it kills 655,000 children per year. I can’t wrap my head around 655,000 kids. But I can picture James, Emily, Nathan, Katy, Katie, Kate, Anna, Aaron, Nate, Tommy, Chloe, Gabe, and Isabel. And you’ve got kids you can picture too.
April 25 is World Malaria Day.
The world has problems, big problems, and seems to keep throwing them in our faces. Well, I’m throwing something back. Compassion International started a Malaria Intervention fund.
Donations to this fund:
- provide households at risk with treated mosquito nets
- educate family members on malaria prevention
- treat children suffering from malaria, chagas disease and dengue fever
This fund was established by Compassion because it is one of the many ways to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. A simple mosquito net is all it takes to dramatically reduce the spread of malaria in Africa, Asia and South America.
As Compassion said, “A healthy child can go to school. A healthy child can learn and play and develop. A healthy child can walk to the nearby church and hear the message of Christ.”
Back to all those kids. Kind of overwhelming, isn’t it? Let’s bring it down to something tangible.
- When you hear the buzzing of a mosquito, pray against the spread of malaria.
- Leave a comment as a demonstration that you can’t turn a blind eye to kids dying (it can be something as simple as “I read this”). On Sunday night, China time, I’ll draw one person’s name and make a donation in your name to the Malaria Intervention fund.
- Share this message — tweet, repost on Facebook, email it, pin on Pinterest, or some other way of sharing. If you share (and tell me) you get entered TWICE in the drawing.
- And you can buy a net too.
James, Emily, Nathan, Katy, Katie, Kate, Anna, Aaron, Nate, Tommy, Chloe Gabe, and Isabel — I love you and would do all that I could for you if you were sick. This is a small thing I can do in your name. With love, Aunt Amy