Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Preventable and Treatable

Amanda Berg and Chamie Delkeskamp are two women who are passionate about helping God develop the faith of children.  As the co-directors of Childrens Ministry at Ascesnion Lutheran Church they are using Gifts of Hope as a faith nurturing opportunity.  These words are from Chamie: 

Every 45 seconds, a child dies from malaria. This may seem like a scary or difficult number to say to our own children. But if we want to raise a generation who will be compassionate, who will be wise, and who will make the world a better place, then we have an incredibly important role as parents, grandparents, and teachers, adult role models.

During the next few weeks, children and youth at Ascension Lutheran Church and School will be learning about malaria and our response to this disease. We are focusing on two words: preventable and treatable. On November 14, during Sunday School opening, we will be presenting a skit with a mosquito net as we talk about prevention. On November 21, we will do a skit that is set up as a clinic as we focus on the word treatable. In addition, the junior and senior high Sunday School classes will be doing Bible studies around this theme and upper division students at the school will be playing “Malaria Dodgeball” as they grow in their understanding. The Sunday School offering and the school chapel offering from now through December will go to Gifts of Hope.

There are two wonderful books you can purchase at Ascension for your children. For younger children, we recommend Little Things Make a Big Difference: A Story About Malaria by Rev. John Nunes. For preteens and teens, we recommend Generation Change by Zach Hunter.

We are passionate about raising kids who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God (just like the Old Testament prophet said in Micah 6:8). You can learn more at “Raising Micah,” www.raisingmicah.org. If you click on “Monthly Essay” you can read another story about malaria. And if you want to be in conversation with other adults about how to raise children to be thankful for what they have while also being compassionate to others, join us at our home on Sunday afternoon, November 21, 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The kids can play in the backyard while the grown-ups sip some apple cider and talk about raising “Micahs.” Please RSVP to revchamie@mac.com.

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