Every April 25, the world observes World Malaria Day. This year, from April 21-27, Lutherans across the United States will come together to “Orange Out Malaria!” as part of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI).
Orange Out Malaria! is a weeklong push to raise awareness about malaria’s impact, and funds to fight the disease with LMI. Taking LMI’s signature color as its theme, “Orange Out Malaria!” provides activities and resources to congregations, schools and individuals to make participation easy and fun.
Some resources provided for Orange Out Malaria! week include:
- Bible study resources
- Sermon starters
- Children’s messages
- A prayer litany about malaria
- Orange Out Malaria! bulletin inserts
- Ideas and instructions for fun, easy fundraising events, such as selling LMI t-shirts or bracelets, or organizing a 5k race
- Postcards to sign and send to Congress advocating for funding for malaria programs
- A special prayer for World Malaria Day, April 25
Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria, a completely preventable and treatable disease. Working through churches and other partners in Africa, The Lutheran Malaria Initiative educates people at risk of malaria about how to prevent infection, how to recognize the symptoms, and what to do if they get sick. One of the easiest ways to prevent malaria is to sleep under a bed net, which costs just $10. Your $10 gift can save a life.
The Lutheran Malaria Initiative 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.