When I think about caring for the sick, fighting global epidemics and preventing diseases, I have to admit that I am not sure where to begin.
For instance, today I read at ONE.org
that "the most dangerous type of malaria-carrying mosquito is evolving into two different species
, posing serious problems for controlling the transmission of the devastating parasite. The revelation could present difficulties in controlling malaria because eradication strategies directed against one mosquito species may not be effective against another."
And yet I struggle thinking "What can I do?" I'm a Dad of three who works two jobs and has a lawn full of leaves to rake and a "Honey Do" list that keeps growing. How can I care for the sick?
My guess is you ask the same questions.
Here are some ideas:
1. Pray for healing
. Get out your calendar and highlight days that celebrate various countries or holidays of various faith traditions. Pray for the people of that country who are being affected by global health issues and then participate in a service project that reflects your compassion. For example, you might celebrate Chinese New Year by collaborating on a community service project with a local Chinese church congregation. On World AIDS Day - December 1st - you could invite people to make a donation toward the eradication of this disease. Visit earthcalendar.net
for a complete listing of holidays by date, country, and religion.
2. Purchase Bed Nets For a Family
. For $18 you can provide long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets that will protect an entire family from malaria through World Vision
. Since these nets can be used for approximately four years, that means you will save the life of a family for only 18 cents a month. What an investment!