As we talked with Garnett and Dorothea a few days ago about the current situation in Sierra Leone, I was struck by how hard life can be for those in West Africa, even without Ebola. Add the escalating outbreak in their community on top of a hard life and you begin to understand their reality.
Two of the girls had lost their father up-country—they do not believe it was Ebola. One of the staff had just lost a nephew, also not believed to be Ebola. People in Sierra Leone die of many things, poor nutrition, Malaria, and other communicable diseases. Without Ebola, the average life expectancy if just over 46 years of age, the life expectancy in the United States is close to 80. Our lives are so very different with or without Ebola.
In the midst of the daily challenges in Sierra Leone—rising food prices, jobs simply gone, and every health resource going toward Ebola—Garnett and Dorothea continue their efforts to protect the orphaned children in their care. They are battling fear and an escalation of the outbreak in Freetown.
When we asked Garnett and Dorothea how we could pray for them, there was a pause. How do you summarize their situation into a few words? Then Dorothea said, “Pray that we are going to make it.” She went on to say, “Pray that we will have the strength to go through this and know how to help our children, support our staff, and simply have the right words to talk to them.”
There is great power in prayer. God knows what’s happening in West Africa in the lives of those affected by Ebola. We’re asking you to get involved by praying for these sweet people, donating $60 to provide a kit for a family, and taking a photo of yourself. Find out more on our website: www.visiontrust.org/ebola. Let’s beat this!
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