Ebola Outbreak: Standing With the Church in West Africa
The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to spread throughout Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea in West Africa. The World Health Organization reports that the virus has killed at least 2,630 people and infected at least 5,357 people in the region. As the crisis grows worse, the Church of the Nazarene in Liberia and Sierra Leone is working to contain the deadly disease. Churches are hosting prevention education workshops in their communities. They are also distributing buckets, chlorine, and hand sanitizers to stop the spread of Ebola. Thousands of people are benefitting through the efforts in more than 140 churches in Liberia and more than 40 churches and preaching points in Sierra Leone. Support the response of the Church of the Nazarene today . In Sierra Leone, Pastor Vidal Cole reported that as buckets have been distributed, people “were very happy for the way the church has expressed care and concern for their health. … [This] is a way of ministering to them and letting them know that the church cares not only for their spiritual life but their health also.”
The next step the church will take is providing food for families suffering from food shortages created by due to government-imposed lockdowns.
Thousands of dollars have been donated to support this work, but tens of thousands more dollars are needed.
Church leaders in Sierra Leone and Liberia have also asked for prayer support from the global church:
- Pray for God's hand of protection and healing on the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Pray that the virus does not continue to spread.
- Pray for hospitals and health centers to be equipped and for God's protection over the doctors and other medical personnel in the Ebola-affected countries.
- Pray for God to lift the spirit of fear in West Africa and to give peace. Pray of the government authorities.
- Pray for the district super intendants, pastors, leaders and churches in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, that the Lord would use them powerfully as agents of hope and in these difficult days.
You can support the church’s relief efforts through the Africa Emergency Relief Fund .