Keeping Hope Alive During Advent

A few years ago, The United Methodist Church partnered with the NBA and the United Nations in an exciting project called “Nothing But Nets.”  This campaign has been working since that time to bring an end to the preventable disease of Malaria.  Malaria is carried by mosquitos in warm wet countries, like many countries in Africa, and the best way to prevent it is to sleep under a bed net at night.  If everyone slept under one of these specially-treated nets every night, then the Malaria epidemic would slow to a crawl, and the disease could eventually die out.  It’s as simple as that.  The problem, though, is that the nets cost around $10 to purchase, distribute, and educate the population about their use, and that’s $10 more than most of the people who need the nets can afford.  So, we have been working since 2008 to help provide nets for those who are in need in Africa through the Nothing But Nets campaign.  You may remember that our church raised $2,000 in 2008 for this campaign, but we haven’t done much about it since then. 

So, I’m suggesting that we all give up a meal sometime this week, and donate the money that would have been spent on that meal to the Nothing But Nets campaign.  That way, we can help bring hope to people in Africa, and in the process, keep hope alive in our own hearts as we prepare for Christmas this year. 

You can donate through the Nothing But Nets secure website by clicking on this link: www.nothingbutnets.net

Blessings of Hope,

Pastor David

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