Three years ago, my family was busy getting ready….not for Christmas…but for a trip to the other side of the world. Vaccines? Check! Passports? Check! Anti-Malarial Medicine? Check, Check, Check! We were stepping out on faith and taking our two-year-old daughter to Kenya with us. Everyone we knew thought we were crazy. Our parents threatened to kidnap her and keep her here, but we believed we needed to go as a family…so we did.
From icy, cold winter weather, we journeyed to sultry days and long, sweaty nights. We worried. Was she getting enough of that crushed little pill down every day? We mixed it in pudding and fed it to her for breakfast every morning, but there was always some left in the pill crusher. And, let’s face it, she never ate all of it. We just had to hope, pray and pull that mosquito net tightly around her bed every night.
Because when your baby is sleeping in a land where malaria kills people every day and all you hear ALL NIGHT LONG is the bzzzzzzzzzzzzz of the insects that cause it, that thin layer of mesh is quite a comfort. It can also be a lifesaver.
The use of mosquito nets can help prevent malaria, and do you know what? Mosquito nets are not expensive. In fact, for only $10 you and your family can help fight malaria around the world. How? Read on….
Compassion International has a special Christmas gift catalog called “Gifts of Compassion,” and for as little as $10, you can give a gift that can change somebody’s life. Think about it. $10 for a mosquito net and the chance not to get a deadly disease. $16 for a chicken and nutritious meals…and maybe even income. $40 to help a new mom stay healthy and provide for her baby. $55 for a water filter and safe drinking water…for a village. A little goes a long way.
So, this Christmas, would you consider helping a mom on the other side of the world sleep peacefully because her baby is sleeping protected? Could you give up a meal out so someone could have meals year-round?
I can’t help but think that by January 1 my daughter will forget the Barbie I bought yesterday, but the people whose lives are changed by these gifts will never forget.