New Children's Book Shows How Little Things Make Big Differences in the Fight Against Malaria

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Concordia Publishing house released a new children’s book entitled Little Things Make Big Differences by Rev. John & Monique Nunes. The book tells a true story of Rehema, a young girl who became ill with malaria as a baby. As she tells her story, she shares things that kids in the U.S. can do to help keep kids in Africa healthy.

Little Things Make Big Differences Book

We recognized that if we really want to make a difference, we must include children in the conversation about malaria. So we see this book as really central to the campaign.

Malaria is a fully preventable and treatable disease that claims more than one million deaths a year, 2,880 deaths a day, 120 deaths an hour and 2 deaths a minute.

In the United States, a mosquito bite is seldom more than a temporary inconvenience, but in Africa that inconvenience could be deadly. While malaria is contracted from mosquitoes, what causes the disease to be so lethal is poverty and lack of prevention education resources.

To help educate children around the world about malaria and ways they can help, Concordia Publishing House is proud to introduce Little Things Make Big Differences: A Story about Malaria.

This children’s picture book by Rev. John & Monique Nunes tells a true story of Rehema, a young girl who became ill with malaria as a baby. As she tells her story, she shares things that kids in the U.S. can do to help keep kids in Africa healthy.

“We recognized that if we really want to make a difference, we must include children in the conversation about malaria. So we see this book as really central to the campaign, it’s going to help get the word out in a really simple way with some fabulous illustrations that are based on a real village in Tanzania,” said Rev. John Nunes, president of Lutheran World Relief.

Perfect for the classroom or at home, this resource will help save lives by educating and connecting people with the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) mission.

“LMI is a very unique partnership between the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR). Our goal is to raise awareness, mobilize Lutherans, and raise money to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. We’re just getting started but we’re a part of a large movement involving many international organizations who are working in this effort,” Nunes said.

The Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) launched during the National Youth Gathering held this past July in New Orleans, LA. During that time some 27,000 teens flooded the streets of New Orleans in bright lime green t-shirts which read “I care about malaria.”

“We were really shocked to see the degree to which the youth of the LCMS are really eager to put their faith in action with this big global initiative,” Nunes said. “We’re looking forward to working with churches, schools, youth groups, Lutheran organizations, colleges, universities, districts, seminaries to make a global impact on malaria deaths.”

LMI was named the official mission project for Concordia’s 2011 Big Jungle Adventure Vacation Bible School. Churches and schools will inform student participants about malaria, and show them how they can help. Leaders will have the opportunity to receive a free decorative mosquito net to help students visualize the project impact, informational brochures, videos, and bookmarks.

Restoring health and inspiring hope is what the LMI is all about, and progress is already being made as deaths have decreased.

“One of the biggest factors we have is a trust deficit. There is a very low trust quotient for outsiders, yet one of the most trusted institutions are churches. We’re utilizing local churches and community based organizations to educate these families on prevention methods against malaria,” Nunes said.

A simple $10 mosquito net can prevent malaria, 24 tablets of Coartem 20/120 taken over 3 days can cure malaria, and Little Things Make Big Differences can educate the world about this deadly disease and mobilize millions of people to act. Unfortunately, the lack of monetary resources in Africa prevents the purchase of such community necessities, but together we can make a difference.

Here’s what you can do:

1.    Pray for those who suffer from malaria and for those who are working to prevent, treat, and contain the disease.
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2.    Learn more about malaria by connecting with the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI).

3.    Advocate. Write a letter to your senator or representative and ask them to support funding for programs to prevent, treat and contain malaria.

4.    Give. Hold a fundraiser at your church or school to raise money for LMI. Get your congregation involved.

5.    Educate children about malaria prevention with Little Things Make Big Differences.

Visit cph.org/malaria to order Little Things Make Big Differences for every child you know today.

*Review copies (subject to Publisher approval) and interviews available by request.

Resource Links:

Social Media Release: http://pitch.pe/92663

Malaria Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maVx-5rjB_Q&feature=player_profilepage

Interview with Rev. John Nunes: http://cphconnect.org/house/2010/10/05/learn-how-little-things-make-big-differences/

Concordia Publishing House: cph.org

CPH Media Room: http://www.pitchengine.com/newsroom.php?id=9296

Little Things Make Big Differences Book: https://www.cph.org/p-17281-little-things-make-big-differences-a-story-about-malaria.aspx?SearchTerm=Malaria

Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI): http://www.lutheranmalaria.org/

LMI on Twitter: http://twitter.com/lutheranmalaria

Rev. John Nunes’ Blog: blog.lwr.org/2009_05_01_archive.html

World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/topics/malaria/en/

Concordia Publishing House is a not-for-profit publishing company and the publisher of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The company offers more than 8,000 products for use in Christian congregations, schools, and homes. Visit CPH on the Web at http://www.cph.org.

News Facts:

  •     Author Rev. John Nunes is president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief and his wife, Monique, is a principal of Baltimore Lutheran School.
  •     Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, individuals, and parish groups in international relief, development, advocacy, and social responsibility.

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