Malaria takes the life of a child under the age of five every 60 seconds. While the statistics are improving every day, thanks in part to the work of faithful United Methodists around the world, there is still much work to be done. The 2013 Louisiana Skeeter Run set for March 2 around the Louisiana Annual Conference is just one way that you and I can make a difference in the fight against this dreaded disease.
While working as the Deputy General Secretary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief I had the opportunity to see the impact of this disease on people across Sub-Saharan Africa. Imagine with me a crowded hospital in Liberia with so many patients that many lay on the floor on pallets; many of them with malaria. You pick up a tiny baby wrapped tightly in a pink blanket, she shivers while sweat runs down your brow from the hot Africa heat and tears sting your cheeks. This tiny baby is suffering from malaria and pneumonia. You ask the mother who stands sadly at her bedside if you can pray for her and her child. She gives you a nod. This scene can be repeated again and again in this hospital and so many others.
I am preparing to walk in this year’s Skeeter Run and I invite you to join me. It is our small part as we work together with the people called United Methodists around the world to Imagine No Malaria. Register here.