Ever wonder what happens in 1 minute? Here are a few things that happen around the world:
• 950,186 pounds of trash is thrown away in the United States.
• 55,757 barrels of oil are used worldwide.
• $523 is made by Oprah Winfrey.
• 360 times the earth is struck by lightning.
• 5 earthquakes of a magnitude of 4.0 or greater rock the earth.
• 1 person in Sub-Saharan Africa dies from malaria…
twenty-four hours a day…seven days a week.
Malaria was eliminated as a disease in the United States in the 1950's. Malaria is caused by a parasite, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of the female anopheles mosquito. This mosquito flies and feeds at night (which is why bed nets are an effective prevention tool). When an infected mosquito bites a person, the parasite enters the bloodstream and heads for the liver, where it multiplies. It then re-enters the bloodstream, attacking red blood cells. Typically, someone with malaria experiences a high fever, chills, joint pain and headaches. Left untreated, symptoms eventually advance to organ failure. Nearly 90 percent of malaria’s victims are children under the age of 5 and pregnant women. To make the statistic of 1 person per minute dying of malaria more relevant… it has taken you approximately 1 minute to read this article to this point. The good news is, we can help protect the lives of God's children through education, better health care, communication, and bed nets.
The United Methodist Church has raised over 65 million dollars to purchase these nets at a cost of $3 each through our "Imagine No Malaria" campaign. A net will last 3-4 years and protect an average of two people. For less than a cup of Starbucks, for about the same as a child's meal at a fast food restaurant, and for close to the average for a gallon of gas… you can save a life.
For the month of May, each Sunday we will be sharing about this important ministry of The United Methodist Church. Would you prayerfully consider purchasing a net, or two, or perhaps one for each child and grandchild in your life? Make the check payable to "Trinity UMC" and on the For line - write: Nothing But Nets. I will be turning in Trinity's contribution to Imagine No Malaria on May 31 at the start of the Alabama West Florida Annual Conference. By the way… it has taken you approximately 2 minutes to read this article to this point. Two lives… gone. We can stop this.