Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Live Love

I just sat down with my friend Paul Gunther Jr. He was sharing his story of a new ministry that he has started called Live Love. Basically, he is working with villages in Africa and is getting people to raise money for different projects including nets to protect from mosquitoes carrying malaria to building wells for drinking water in villages.

He says, why can't we do it? He has a goal of raising enough money to buy 1.4 million nets, which is 10% of the population in Malawi. I think this is incredible! I love his dream. Here is an excerpt from the web site What is Live Love.

"What Can Be Done?
Malaria is both a preventable and treatable disease. One way it can be prevented is by giving families and individuals insecticide-treated bed nets to sleep under. Malaria has been brought under control and even eliminated in many parts of Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Yet in Africa, with increasing drug resistance and struggling health systems, malaria infections have actually increased during the last three decades.

Despite the magnitude of the problem, there is a simple and cost-effective solution to prevent malaria deaths. For just $8, we can purchase a bed net, deliver it to a family, and explain its use. A family of four can sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net, safe from malaria, for up to four years. The benefits of bed nets extend even further than the family. When enough nets are used, the insecticide used to deter mosquitoes makes entire communities safer—even for those individuals who do not have nets. Although $8 for a bed net may not sound like much, the cost makes them out of reach for most people at risk of malaria, many of whom survive on less than $1 a day. Nets are a simple, life-saving solution, but we need your help to provide them to those in need."

Maybe this is something you want to check out. He is so willing to talk with people about it and what people can do. There is way more to it than what I am talking about here. He does school assemblies, church speaking functions, etc. He dreams of communities having LiveLove days all over.

Check out the website (although he says it's gonna be redone in the next week or so) and hit him up with an email.

Who knows what could happen?

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