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Posted on Wed, Mar 30, 2011

A Lenten Project of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and St. Stephen's Church

Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria.

There are an estimated 250 million cases of malaria each year, resulting in nearly one million deaths, mostly on the African continent. The majority of these deaths are children younger than five years old.

Insecticide-treated mosquito nets are the front line in malaria prevention. With proper information and training, the nets are placed where they can surround the beds people sleep in, particularly children, who are most at risk. These nets keep the malaria-infected mosquitoes away, and one net can save three lives.

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas is in a companion relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi, and the Bishop of Texas, The Right Reverend Andy Doyle, has set a goal that each family of our diocese helps a family in Malawi. Every Diocese of Texas parish is asked to raise enough money so that each family of our parishes is represented by a net kit we will send to a family in Malawi. A net kit costs only $12.00, this includes training in the proper use and care of the net, and it can save three precious lives. As a Lenten discipline this year, I encourage each family of St. Stephen's to donate the $12.00 to purchase a net kit for a family in our companion diocese in Malawi. Please participate in this worthwhile and Christ-like effort. Makw checks payable to St. Stephen's and write "Nets for Life on the memo line. In this small way, we can do the work of the Lord and save the lives of our brothers and sisters across the globe. God bless you for your charity and faithfulness.




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