A report from USA Today shared another tragic story from Paynesville, the largest community VisionTrust works with in Liberia. The reporter had been part of the burial team called to Paynesville last week to take the Ebola ravaged body of a 22-year-old young lady. The reporter shared the devastation of relatives who stood together in a small clutch, eyes wet with tears.
Just like all of us, the Liberians want to move beyond Ebola and get back to a normal life. Our local heroes in both Liberia and Sierra Leone are weary from months of living in crisis. However, they face a new danger that comes with the need to move on—the danger of complacency. As people become complacent they focus less on safety and health regulations, which could cause another potential spike in Ebola cases.
In the midst of this, our Liberian Director Robert continues to be vigilant in caring for our VisionTrust families—helping them to stay safe and bringing them the hope of Christmas.
In the midst of the struggled, Robert is trying to share both the message of Christmas and the message of health to our communities. In a recent email he shared, “Praise the Lord for his faithfulness…The Lord is in control and keeping us safe. The teachers and the children are also safe as we have no report of any getting sick from the virus. We highly appreciate you for the wonderful job you are doing for the people of Liberia. We are working on a bigger package for distribution during this Christmas Seasons. We hope to include other food items to our distribution basket. We also want to extend our hands of blessing to more families outside our immediate community.”
Just like our Liberian brothers and sisters, we all want to move on from the tragedy of Ebola. It is our prayer that you will continue to lift them up, pray for vigilance until the virus is contained and that Robert and his team will be able to share more of the Savior’s love through the Christmas message of hope to the world.
Please stay faithful in your prayers and please consider donating toward food and disinfectant supplies this Christmas season.