A Deadly Pestilence and Terror By Night
A Deadly Pestilence and Terror By Night
Posted on: April 28, 2012
Dr. Doug Beacham
The IPHC is joining a new initiative to end malaria. This preventable disease kills hundreds of thousands of children a year—all because they do not have the basic protection of a mosquito net. Through our membership with the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA), the IPHC has the opportunity to provide life-saving mosquito nets to children in Africa, many of whom are part of our church through People to People Ministries.I feel so strongly about this issue that I have asked Dr. Doug Beacham, vice chairman of the IPHC and executive director of IPHC World Missions Ministries, to share why the church must get involved. It is not enough to hope and pray—we must act, and act now! Please join us as we strive to share the love of Christ in a practical and lifesaving way April 29.—Presiding Bishop Ronald W. Carpenter
There is an old saying: “April showers bring May flowers.” But the coming of spring brings with it more than showers in some places. Along with the return of sunshine, warm weather, and blooming flowers, those of us in warmer climates receive an unwelcome visitor—the mosquito.
For most of us, mosquitos are a nuisance. But for millions outside the U.S., they are deadly—a symbol of a disease that stalks so many, especially those on the continent of Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that over 600,000 children die of malaria every year. That means that every minute of the day a child dies because he or she was bitten between dusk and dawn. The disease-carrying mosquito’s bite exposes children and adults to parasites. Within two weeks, a raging fever and other symptoms attack the victim, often leading to death. Though vaccine trials are being studied, they are not complete, and science has been unable to fight malaria in the way we were able to fight polio.
Jeff Farmer, chairman of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA), saw these statistics and knew the Pentecostal world had to do something. He shared how many people live under the threat of “the deadly pestilence,” and that the fading sun brings a daily “fear of the terror of the night” in the form of a deadly mosquito.
As Jeff began to pray and ask the Lord how the church should fight this battle, he was led to Psalm 91:3, 4 (NIV):
\\\\\\\"Surely he will save you from the fowler\\\\\\\'s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.\\\\\\\"
The church at large has been tasked with taking the gospel to the world. Part of taking the gospel includes meeting the practical needs of the hurting, the hungry, and the helpless. Throughout the New Testament, we see examples of practical expressions of Christ’s love: providing food for widows and orphans; providing shelter to those who have no home; visiting and caring for the sick and dying. Christ himself said that upon his return, we will be judged not only for the condition of our hearts, but for the actions we carry out in his name. “Then the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:40).
That is why the IPHC is partnering with PCCNA and World Vision to focus the energies of the Spirit-filled community in saving the lives of children from the devastating impact of malaria. The primary target date is Sunday, April 29, and the goal is for IPHC members to give a $10 offering that will be used to purchase a malaria-resistant net.
Did you realize that a $10 mosquito net could save the lives of two children in Africa? It really can! Mosquito nets remain the most effective form of combat against this pestilence. PCCNA, World Vision, and the IPHC are working together to purchase long-lasting insecticide impregnated nets (LLINs) that will be distributed in various countries in Africa.
Part of the offering will be sent to World Vision for distribution in Kenya. The other part will be distributed directly to IPHC missionaries, who will use the funds in various parts of Africa to directly assist IPHC members living in malaria zones. I believe that at least 10,000 IPHC members in the USA can each give at least $10 to save lives across the African continent.
On April 29, take a few minutes to read Psalm 91. As you read, pray and thank the Lord for what He has done to protect you; then make it a point to give at least $10 to purchase a net that will save the life of a child. Your gift, as with all your giving to IPHC World Missions Ministries and People to People, really will make a world of difference.