A child dies from malaria every 60 seconds.

Today we are in a special moment where we could turn this around. Working though Lutheran churches in Africa, the ELCA Malaria Campaign is uniquely positioned to provide mosquito nets, insecticides, medication, health care, education and more to help eliminate deaths from this disease—for good. The Southeastern Iowa Synod joins the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and African companions churches to prevent, treat and contain malaria by 2015. Click here to view the resolution passed at the 2012 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly.

The Southeastern Iowa Synod SWAT Team is ready and willing to assist your congregation in participating in this campaign.  Please contact one of the following individuals to come to your congregation and share the story of the campaign. *NEW: The SWAT Team invites congregations to share their campaign stories, events and fundraising ideas through an electronic form available by clicking here.

Synod SWAT Team Members

Walter Gwenigale
Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines
[email protected]

Dione Miller
Messiah Lutheran Church, Burlington
[email protected]

Becky Lewis
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids
[email protected]

Synod Staff Liaison, Pastor Eric Carlson, 319-631-8031, [email protected]

Resources for Congregations

Order brochures, t-shirts, buttons, etc

Online Donation Form

Activities, Events, Fundraisers for children & youth

Online resources:

Google “mosquito coloring pages” for results, such as:

Additional Ideas:

  • Nickels for Nets – Collect nickels in a jar/bottle sitting in a doll bed and draped with mosquito netting. Measure the height or length of the 200 nickels required for one
  • Score One for Nets (Strike Down Malaria or Take a Strike Against Malaria for bowling). Collect pledges for a game or shoot-outs in a sport using a net (e.g. basketball, soccer, volleyball, badminton, etc.)
  • Score One Against Malaria (Played like the basketball shooting game H-O-R-S-E). Collect pledges; start with M-A-L-A-R-I-A and remove a letter for each basket or goal.
  • You Can Fight Malaria. Collect and recycle aluminum cans to purchase nets.
  • Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Mosquitoes Bite. Cut out “bed” shapes from construction paper; cover with netting* for each $10 collected
  • Fill Me! Stop Me! Construct banks to look like mosquitoes; collect money to purchase bed nets.
  • Knots for Nets. Knotted bracelets made of colorful thread can be sold for $10 each
  • Name that Mosquito. Donations provide the chance to name a mosquito mascot; more donations = more chances.
  • MoSKIToeshttps://www.elca.org/malaria. Click on “Resources.” – Older children/youth receive malaria info. to develop skits to perform in VBS, worship, etc.

Resources for Adults

Online resources: