Mosquitoes, Moms, and Mourning

Mosquitoes Are But an Annoyance for My Grandlittles, Praise God!
Cadence, Elaine, Sawyer, Rich. Oahu’s North Shore, May, 2012.

Mosquitoes Are a Nuisance
Yes, my daughter reacts strongly to mosquito bites, growing great big welts in no time. And yes, I’ve scratched myself to scars. And, well, yes, my grandson has used the persistent buzz of the little divebombers as an excuse to keep his sleepy eyes open just a few minutes longer.

But really, mosquitoes are nothing more than an annoyance. Here. In other parts of the world, however, say, Sub-Saharan Africa, mosquitoes have a tougher reputation.

Mosquitoes are bloodthirsty killers. Mosquitoes carry malaria. Malaria claims a child every thirty seconds. Most of these kids are under five years old.

They’re practically babies.

And you, yes you, can save them. 

Today is World Malaria Day. And Compassion International, those amazing folks who lift children out of poverty, are stepping up. Send them a few dollars to use for mosquito nets, for education, for medicine, and these babes have a chance.

To share ten dollars, text “bite back” to 90999, and the money will be added to your phone bill. [Any usual text or data charges will apply, of course.] How easy is that? If you want to learn more about Compassion International’s Malaria Initiative, check out their website. I think you’ll like what you see.

Here’s the deal: those sweet little kids that are dying for want of a mosquito net? Their families love them as much as I love my own children and grandchildren. And as much as you love yours.


But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
1 John 3:17 (ESV)