On World Malaria Day, churches throughout Denver came together to launch the Ten Thousand Nets Campaign.
Working together with ONE and Malaria No More, the campaign aims to raise awareness about the scourge of malaria, educate citizens of Denver as to what they can do to fight the disease, and raise money toward the purchase of at least 10,000 bed nets. These partnerships have only strengthened our fight against malaria.
Malaria No More exists to do exactly what their name says. Their passion to fight this disease and their comprehensive knowledge on how to combat malaria has enabled Ten Thousand Nets to move forward with confidence. All donations given on behalf of Ten Thousand Nets go directly towards Malaria No More.
Our partnership with ONE has proven just as powerful. ONE is a leader in global advocacy, working on behalf of the world’s poorest. This is why ONE Sabbath proved to be the perfect engine to launch this campaign—they bring communities of faith together not just to learn, but to act. Knowledge is futile if it does not lead to a change in behavior. And change is what ONE is all about. By launching Ten Thousand Nets during a ONE Sabbath service, we were given the tools to learn together about the world’s most vulnerable, and more importantly how to act on their behalf.
During the service at my church for the Ten Thousand Nets Campaign kick-off, the worship team’s drumkit was draped in a malaria bed net. Upstairs, the church’s youth talked about ways that they could get more involved. By the end of the day, we were able to donate over 1,000 nets through Malaria No More. The Ten Thousand Nets Campaign is living proof that when we do act, lives are saved.
-Pastor Michael Hidalgo, Denver Community Church