Pray for People Susceptible to Malaria

Pray for People Susceptible to Malaria

Among the many predators on earth, the mosquito sits atop the list of world’s deadliest creatures. 1 Diseases transmitted by mosquitos, such as malaria, cause 700,000 deaths each year. 2 Though the mosquito is small in size, such statistics have earned this insect its own place on the calendar—World Mosquito Day on August 20—when various organizations raise awareness of its deadly impact.

It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to transmit a potentially deadly disease, with miserable symptoms such as fever, aches, rash, vomiting and weakness. A simple mosquito net is one of the cheapest and most effective means of prevention. It can protect a person from the harmful sting of an infected mosquito and help them have a restful night’s sleep.

Please join us in praying this month for those in danger of vector-borne diseases like malaria.

1 Medicines for Malaria Venture. “World Mosquito Day 2020.” 20 August 2020. . https://www.mmv.org/newsroom/image-slideshows/world-mosquito-day-2020

2 Mains, Karen Burton. “Winning the Ancient Conflict Between Man and Mosquito.” GFA World. 14 August 2020. https://www.gfa.org/special-report/it-takes-only-one-mosquito


Pray for Awareness

Pray for Awareness

Many communities that battle malaria are already among poorer regions where people are often stuck in a vicious cycle of disease and poverty. Those in rural areas are at even greater risk as they often lack access to health care3 and sometimes lack basic health knowledge. They may not realize mosquitos present much more than a mere nuisance. Unaware of the dangers of potentially infected mosquitos, these villagers don’t protect themselves adequately. In addition to distributing mosquito nets, GFA workers regularly participate in World Mosquito Day and conduct disease-awareness training to help people understand the importance of such preventive measures.

Pray people in areas prone to vector-borne diseases such as malaria will become aware of the dangers of the diminutive mosquito. Pray they will seek to protect themselves and prevent the spread of mosquitos and the diseases they may carry. Pray programs such as World Mosquito Day observances and GFA health care training events will enlighten many people who are currently unaware of these dangers.

3 “Malaria: Frequently Asked Questions.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed January 27, 2021. . https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/faqs.html


Pray for Protection and Health

Pray for Protection and Health

In addition to spreading malaria, mosquitos can transmit dengue fever, yellow fever, Zika virus and West Nile virus.4 According to a GFA World special report, “In the majority of rural areas, there are no clinics, no hospitals, no medical professionals and no treatment protocols.”5 Even if health care facilities are present, villagers living in poverty often cannot afford medical treatment if they contract such illnesses. Many of them are daily wage laborers—if they can’t work, due to sickness or otherwise, their families may go without food. For them, prevention is key.

Pray for the health of those in areas afflicted by vector-borne diseases, that God will protect people from these diseases and their accompanying symptoms. Pray disease will not prevent laborers from providing for their families.

4 Mains, Karen Burton "It Only Takes One Mosquito." GFA World. September 11, 2019. . https://www.gfa.org/special-report/it-takes-only-one-mosquito/#fbo-world-health-truths

5 Ibid.


Pray for Provision of Nets

Pray for Provision of Nets

There are simple methods to prevent mosquito bites, such as insect repellent, window screens, long-sleeved clothes and, one of the most cost-effective, mosquito nets. In fact, a mosquito net can mean the difference between life and death as it protects families from malaria-spreading mosquitos while they sleep.6 But many poverty-stricken families in South Asia struggle just to survive and cannot afford these simple items.

Pray families are able to obtain mosquito nets or other effective preventative measures. Pray people who are safe from these disease-carrying insects will generously provide for those in danger.

6 Mains, Karen Burton "It Only Takes One Mosquito." GFA World. September 11, 2019. . https://www.gfa.org/special-report/it-takes-only-one-mosquito/#fbo-world-health-truths


Pray for People’s Hearts

Pray for People’s Hearts

With every mosquito net that GFA World distributes comes an unspoken message of hope. It’s hope for a restful night’s sleep, protection from disease, and so much more. These gifts show love and compassion at work, that Jesus cares about even the small needs in one’s life. They can even be instrumental in bringing freedom from addiction as lives are transformed by God’s love demonstrated by His servants.

Pray God will touch people’s hearts when they receive a free mosquito net, and they will long to know more about the love behind the gift.


Pray for GFA Workers

Pray for GFA Workers

GFA workers are out in the elements nearly every day, dedicated in their service to God and to the people in the surrounding communities. But they are not immune to diseases, including those transmitted by mosquitos. Every day workers are sick is a day in which they cannot share the hope and love of Christ and fulfill the calling God has placed upon their lives. They need strength to travel long distances by foot or bike and to minister to those around them.

GFA World has distributed 1,300,000 mosquito nets to protect those vulnerable to vector-borne diseases and has raised awareness of such diseases to encourage preventive measures. But more needs to be done. Many more people remain in need.

Pray for the health of GFA workers, that God will protect them from disease and allow them to continue fulfilling His plans and purpose, unhindered by sickness. Pray for brothers and sisters in Christ who may be currently ill, that they will be healed in Jesus’ name. Pray also that GFA workers will help many more with tangible gifts, such as mosquito nets, that show recipients the love of Christ.


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