Guest post by Eric Angel, Director of International Missions
Over the last couple of weeks, news reports have been flooded with stories of the Ebola outbreak in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. This dangerous epidemic is the most severe of its kind in recorded history. Many are falling ill and dying as a result of this virus.
The news of this outbreak hits close to home as CUMC has partnerships in Liberia with Rev. Jerry Kulah (Monrovia District, The Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church), Physician Dr. Chris Hena (Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia) and our own Rev. John Soclo, who attends CUMC while studying at Memphis Theological Seminary.
Rev. Jerry Kulah stated in a recent email, “It is a very troubling situation here. Many are very afraid, especially as many of us have to ride in taxi to get from one place to another and you never know the health condition of persons you are encountering on a daily basis. God’s protection is our only hope.”
Dr. Chris Hena recently posted this update on the website of Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia:
He is faithful and it is only by His grace that we are able to carry
out our task around here. However, we have decided to close down our
clinic tomorrow. Our mini structure is not capable of handling the
cases that may come to us. We are going to refer them to the nearest
centers that the govt has set up to take care of those patients. This
was a very hard decision to make, but I need to protect our community
health workers and myself. We are going to be in the community
educating the people, but will not see any in our clinic.
Please continued to pray for us. He is indeed faithful.
Dr. Hena has asked CUMC to join her in providing buckets of water, soap and disinfectants to the 34 communities that she is currently serving so that they can wash their hands regularly and hopefully prevent the spread of the virus. “This will be a big help for the communities,” she says. “If we do not stop this disease in the communities, we will have a huge loss on our hands. The people are desperate.”
Please join us in prayer for the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea as they face the uncertainty caused by this deadly virus.
If you want to join Dr. Chris Hena in providing buckets of water, soap and disinfectants, please make your checks out to CUMC with Liberia/Ebola in the memo line.
Each bucket costs $17.
If you have any questions, please contact Eric A. in Serving & Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-6050.
Rev. Jerry Kulah has sent us this announcement, inviting us to share with the Liberian churches in a 3-day season of fasting and prayer, Wednesday, August 6 to Friday, August 8, in order to “cry unto God Almighty to heal the nation of the deadly Ebola virus disease“:
From Wednesday to Friday, all Liberians and those within our borders shall stay home and pray; all offices, businesses, and market places shall be closed; there shall be no commuting of people (except those working in the interest of public health and security).
The following prayer points and scriptures shall serve as prayer guide for the 3-Day National Stay-Home Fast and Prayer Action:
DAY ONE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014
* ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE GRACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALMIGHTY GOD ON OUR FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND NATION [PSALM 124:1; PSALM 94:1-4]
* CONFESSION OF, AND REPENTANCE FROM INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY, CHURCH, AND NATIONAL SINS [Proverbs 28:13; Daniel 9, Nehemiah 1:1-11, Psalm 51, 2 Chronicles 7:13-16
DAY TWO: THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2014
* MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION IN THE FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND NATION [ST. MATTHEW 6:6-12, ST. MARK 11:23-25, ETC.
DAY THREE, FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014
* PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL AND MORAL HEALING AND RESTORATION IN THE LAND [2 CHRONICLES 7:14, PSALM 107, PSALM 123:3]
The National 3-Day Stay-Home Fast and Prayer Action will be climaxed with National Thanksgiving and Praise on Sunday, August 10, 2014. All are encouraged to go to places of worship on Sunday to praise and thank God for His mercy and forgiveness on Liberia.
LIBERIAN COUNCIL OF CHURCHES (LCC)
Let’s join our family and fellow members of the Body in Liberia in prayer these coming days, and please share this opportunity.