When our family prays together, we end with this: “Let us always be mindful of the needs of others.” My husband and I feel strongly about incorporating this message into our children’s lives, and in addition to discussing it, we look for opportunities to live it out, as individuals and together as a family. Taking part in a Nets-for-Life fundraising team provided such an opportunity; it gave us a chance to demonstrate how every person can make a positive change in the world. You don’t need to be a grown-up or be wealthy! It was exciting to explain to our children that they helped raise more than $1,000 to purchase mosquito nets that will prevent malaria for people that we will never even know. We are privileged to belong to a church community that shares our dedication to remembering the needs of others, and takes action to make a difference.
Kristin Duffy is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in DeKalb, Illinois. Kristin and Mike and their children ran together with other friends from St. Paul’s in the DeKalb Corn Classic to raise funds for NetsforLife.
In the past year my husband and I have been intentional about adding more physical exercise and healthy eating to our family's lifestyle. When the opportunity arose to run in the 3K fun run/walk for NetsforLife at the DeKalb Corn Classic we asked our six year old twin sons if they would like to run too. They were enthusiastic--to say the least!
We realized we had a teaching moment before us to combine our inward spiritual disciple of health and wellness (which was well known to our children) with outward generosity in the name of Christ. Children appreciate tangible gifts that have meaning for the person who receives them. Come to think of it, grown-ups do too! These days we are talking a lot about mosquito nets at the dinner table and at the Eucharistic table in our other home (St. Paul's, DeKalb) as well.
Here in DeKalb we are experiencing a better life training for this race and raising funds for nets. We are building a new community based on good health, good times, and good acts for the glory of God. We invite you to join us as we help each other cross the finish line and help give our fellow children of God half-a-world away a better life, one net at a time.
Stacy Walker-Frontjes is the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in DeKalb. Her husband, Rich Frontjes, is the rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Dixon. They have happily lived, worked, walked, and occasionally run in the city of DeKalb (Rockford Deanery) since 2010 with their sons, Oscar and Rowan.
How to Take Part
We invite you to be a part of this worthy cause by joining the NetsforLife® team. As a participant in the DeKalb Corn Classic 10K & 3K, you will be responsible to register for the race as a Diocese of Chicago team member, raise money for NetsforLife®, and be an active participant in team related activities. You will be responsible for promoting fundraising within your network of friends, family, and colleagues.
To sign up and run/ walk as part of Team NetsforLife®, register online.
Support Team NetsforLife®
To make an online contribution, go to the Episcopal Relief & Development website and select donate. Choose NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund and enter your gift amount. Under Gift Information, select the option “Yes, in honor of” and enter "DeKalb Corn Classic" along with the runner's name you are sponsoring.
You can also mail checks or money orders to Episcopal Relief & Development. Checks should be made payable to NetsforLife®. Please write "DeKalb Corn Classic" and the runner’s name you are sponsoring in the memo line:
All donations are tax deductible, and should be mailed to:
Questions? Call 855.312.HEAL for assistance or to contribute by credit card over the phone.
About NetsforLife® and the Inspiration Fund
Since 2006, NetsforLife® has distributed over 8.5 million nets as part of its campaign to fight malaria resulting in less sickness, fewer deaths and stronger communities. Combined with the community education and net monitoring work of nearly 74,000 trained Malaria Control Agents, these nets have saved the lives of over 100,000 children under five and reduced the overall malaria-related death rate by 45% in communities where NetsforLife® is active. NetsforLife® is a program partnership of Episcopal Relief & Development.
The NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund is educating, engaging, and uniting Episcopalians to support Millennium Development Goals and the fight against malaria. The goal of the campaign is to build awareness about this disease and how it can be prevented. It also aims to raise $5 million by December 2012.
Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of The Episcopal Church and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners to help rebuild after disasters and to empower local communities to find lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.