Prayers and Donation needed for the Ebola Virus Outbreak in Liberia

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imagesThe Lutheran Church in Liberia (a companion church of the Upper Susquehanna Synod, ELCA) is being heavily affected by the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country. The incurable disease has killed 129 people in Liberia, and even more in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone.  At the end of July, the Liberia government had closed most the country’s land borders, and was restricting public gatherings. The LCL Board of Health and the Liberian Council of Churches were meeting to consider what actions to take in order to control the spread of the virus in Liberian congregations.

The LCL’s Phebe Hospital lost three nurses to Ebola in recent weeks, and other health care workers from Phebe are undergoing care at another hospital. Phebe was temporarily closed to undergo fumigation, and is reinforcing  the training of nurse in self-care.

The LCL is awaiting the delivery of additional hospital supplies from the United States. ELCA Global Mission is paying $10,000 toward an airfreight shipment, being sent by Global Health Ministries (GHM), of five pallets of materials to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. An additional shipment of supplies, a 40′ container shipped by ocean freight, is also being planned. It will take 45 days to arrive. These shipments are to be sent to the LCL for Phebe and Curran Hospitals.

How Can You Help

The Upper Susquehanna Synod just sent a donation of $500.00 towards the shipping of these medical supplies, and invites members of the Synod to send contributions to help in the relief effort. Please send your contributions to the Upper Susquehanna office, designated “Liberia Ebola Outbreak Shipping”