Ebola Fighters Named TIME “Person of the Year”
TIME magazine has collectively named the people who are fighting Ebola in West Africa’s historic outbreak as its “Person of the Year.”
“Assemblies of God pastors and laypeople in West Africa are among these heroes,” says Randy Hurst, director of communications for Assemblies of God World Missions. “They take great risks to show the love of Christ to those afflicted with Ebola in their communities, and they do so relying on the power of prayer.”
AG members have joined with other church groups and ministry organizations to reach out to their communities in tangible ways as Ebola has grown to claim some 7,000 lives across the region. While it might appear the greatest aid from U.S. churches would be outside people on the ground, Greg Beggs, AGWM regional director, points out that the national churches in these countries have instead requested supplies.
“We are most effective when we send to the churches those critical supplies they need,” Beggs says. “It would actually encumber their efforts to serve their communities if they had to be responsible for well-meaning visitors, almost always untrained, who might try to help and end up contracting and even spreading the virus.”
Personnel among the 623 AG churches across Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are providing invaluable networking support as Assemblies of God World Missions is covering costs of shipping and distribution of food and supplies provided by Convoy of Hope. AGWM has committed to funding the shipment of 30 containers. Eight containers have already shipped and two have arrived in Liberia for initial distribution.
“Through this effective partnership between AGWM and Convoy of Hope, for every dollar donated to AGWM 30 meals can be shipped to desperate people in Africa,” Hurst says. “Even a child can give a dollar and know their gift delivered 30 meals. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to give a critically needed Christmas offering.”
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— Scott Harrup, AGWM Communications