Though Saphyra was in neither of these categories, she was still at risk. Seeking a solution for her family, Saphyra visited the pastor.
“I am not getting peaceful sleep due to lots of mosquitos in our village, and people are going through sickness,” Saphyra told Pastor Gaspard, “but I would like to have a healthy life.”
Pastor Gaspard advised Saphyra to use a mosquito net, one of the most effective ways to prevent vector-borne illnesses. Mosquito nets protect people from being bitten, and when treated with insecticides, kill mosquitos that come in contact with the nets.7 Treated nets also reduce the number of mosquitos that enter the house8 and can reduce the transmission of malaria by as much as 90 percent.9
Saphyra’s heart sank upon hearing her pastor’s advice. The solution seemed so simple, but she knew her parents could not afford to buy a net. They could barely provide for the basic needs of the family. Saphyra resigned to endure her suffering, swatting away as many mosquitos as she could.
“I am not getting peaceful sleep due to lots of mosquitos in our village, and people are going through sickness. . .but I would like to have a healthy life.”
A Dream Come True
Meanwhile, Pastor Gaspard organized a GFA gift distribution. God had gifted Saphyra with a beautiful voice, and the pastor invited Saphyra to sing a special song at the event.
Throughout the distribution, Saphyra watched as friends and neighbors received the gift she desired most: a mosquito net. Maybe a little flame of hope ignited in her heart, wondering if she would get one too.
Then, to Saphyra’s amazement, Pastor Gaspard called her name! His hands extended toward her, offering a precious gift, and she received a brand-new mosquito net. It was a dream come true! And now Saphyra could dream in peace.
“The Lord is so gracious to me,” said Saphyra. “He extended all necessary things in my life … Mosquito nets remain my best defense against the disease in our family.”
You Can Fulfill Another’s Dream
There are many others in malaria-prone areas of the world in need of the simple protection of a mosquito net. Some may be dreaming of one even now.
Nighttime is when people need protection the most, as that is when mosquitos are most active.10 Mosquito nets are one of the cheapest and most effective means of protection, from the insect as well as from diseases they may carry. If a community has enough treated nets, the mosquito population will be reduced to the extent that even those without a personal net are protected.11