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Church of God World Missions Responds to African Ebola Crisis
Dr. Tim Hill, General Director of Church of God World Missions and Former 1st Assistant General Overseer, has stated Church of God World Missions is responding through the Marcelly’s Dream initiative to send monetary assistance for relief in Liberia, Africa.
An outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) began in Guinea in December 2013, leading to an epidemic in West Africa. As of 13 August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a total of 2,127 suspected cases and 1,145 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
By 23 July, the Liberian health ministry began to implement a strategic plan in line with the Accra meeting’s conclusions to improve the country’s response to the outbreak. Football events were banned, because large gatherings and the nature of the sport increase transmission risks. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Liberian president, declared a state of emergency on 6 August because the disease’s weakening of the health care system had the potential to reduce the system’s ability to treat routine diseases such as malaria.
The Church of God World Missions is responding through the Marcelly’s Dream initiative to send monetary assistance for relief in Liberia. Medicine and sanitation materials are desperately needed in order to prevent the further spread of the Ebola outbreak. The need for food is also becoming critical as markets are shutting down and food is becoming scarce, creating dire circumstances for our pastors and their members.
As the number of deaths continues to climb from the Ebola virus in Liberia, World Missions is receiving reports of Church of God members and families who are now affected. Suspected and confirmed cases are increasing rapidly. Overseer Moses Hart says that one child who was connected with a Church of God orphanage orphanage has died. The girl came into contact with the virus during a visit with relatives in another area of Liberia.
The news media says scientists in the United States are racing to test experimental Ebola vaccines on humans in hopes of containing the disease in Africa. Desperation is now the driving force, and fear runs rampant
The Church of God has 50 churches in Liberia, with over 5,000 members, along with the Phebe Grey Orphanage where Max and Debbie Thompson and their daughter, Marcelly serve. World Missions is in constant contact with the leadership to keep you informed of the latest developments.
Please pray for the country of Liberia, its people, and our Church of God family.
To contribute to this urgent need, please send your donation to project number 765-0053-007, CRISIS RELIEF, or go to www.cogwm.org mycogwm.org for online giving.