While fear in our country continues to escalate, I was taken by the nurses on 60 Minutes who shared how they overcame their fear to care for the first patient to walk into a US hospital. They shared how they held his hand and at the end how one nurse simply held him. He died without family, yet he died knowing someone cared.
Let us not forget to reach beyond our fear and care for those who are truly on the front line of this unprecedented outbreak. Let us not forget that the outbreak has a far reaching impact on food security, West Africa’s health system and people simply getting to go to work. Let us not forget that the countries at the epicenter of the outbreak are some of the poorest in the world.
According to the Vox, “The World Bank said Ebola may deal a potentially catastrophic blow to the West African countries…businesses are shutting down, people aren’t working, kids aren’t going to school…the epidemic has also led to widespread food insecurity.” The article went on to quote the WHO indicating, “…the fertile fields of Lofa County, once Liberia’s breadbasket, are now fallow because nearly 170 farmers and their family members have died…in some areas, hunger has become an even greater concern than the virus.”
Working with our partners on the ground in both Sierra Leone and Liberia, we are diligently trying represent our staff, children and their communities so that we don’t forget they are hungry, in desperate need of medical care for the challenges (besides Ebola) they face every day, and so that they know they are not forgotten.
Please take a moment to lift them up in prayer and send a gift to keep the food moving to our VisionTrust family in West Africa so they will not feel forgotten!