A Response to Ebola
Across much of West Africa, hunger, dehydration, panic and financial devastation are tightening their grip as the Ebola crisis continues unabated. The death toll has exceeded 4,000 of the more than 8,300 people who have contracted the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
On September 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected that the number of Ebola cases could approach as many as 1.4 million people within the next four months.
Ebola was first identified in 1976. Instances of the virus have not been unusual in jungle areas, but the current epidemic, which began in April, has far surpassed any previous outbreak.
Greg Beggs, AG World Missions regional director for Africa, says, “AG national churches in Liberia and Sierra Leone are valiantly coping with this horrendous health crisis. We need to unite our prayers with them for God’s intervention. We also appeal to AG churches and believers in America to give from their hearts to help us effectively equip our fellow believers in Liberia as they minister in every way they can.”
Gaylord Brown, AG missionary to Liberia, reports, “About half of all Ebola deaths in West Africa have occurred in Liberia. The people are experiencing every emotion imaginable. They are hungry, frightened, tired and financially desperate. Many have lost their jobs because businesses, markets and government affiliates have closed. They don’t know where to turn. What an opportunity for the church to stand and become the voice that brings hope. The Assemblies of God in Liberia must not miss this opportunity, and we must not either!”
The Liberia AG is working closely with the country’s Ministry of Health and has made preparations to warehouse meals shipped in during relief efforts. Church leaders have also implemented a distribution plan across the country.
In addition to hands-on relief efforts, the Liberia AG has been hosting national days of prayer and fasting for months. The national Women’s Ministries has joined with other women’s groups to meet each day at a fish market across the street from the president’s home for prayer. Liberia AG leaders have also declared a day of fasting and prayer each Wednesday and are having an additional prayer time every Saturday evening to seek God’s intervention in the crisis.
“Pastors and churches are making prayer the priority of their response,” says Brown. “They have not lost sight of the need to call on their people to seek God.”
AG World Missions sent financial emergency assistance immediately after the outbreak to the affected countries and is partnering with Convoy of Hope for growing relief efforts. AGWM has committed to raising funds to cover the costs of shipping and distribution of food, desperately needed equipment for additional medical clinics, and other critically needed items being procured by Convoy of Hope.
Hal Donaldson, founder and president of Convoy of Hope says,
“Convoy of Hope’s partnership with AGWM is again enabling us to reach out together to the suffering. We are working with other agencies and companies to acquire medical equipment and supplies that have been requested for Liberia, and AG churches and believers are helping to cover the shipping and distribution costs of these desperately needed resources. Please join us in prayer that God will use our efforts to help the suffering and communicate His love to them.”
Please join in helping the suffering of West Africa. To give online to the relief efforts, click here or call 877.840.4800 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. CST) or 866.470.9514 (24/7). You can also mail your gift to AG World Missions / 1445 N. Boonville Ave. / Springfield, MO 65802. Please designate “Ebola Crisis - AGWM Crisis Response Account #891167 (46)” in the memo line of your check.