When you talk to Liberians and ask them how they are, many will respond they are trying. That’s always struck me as a much more honest response than our typical, “I am fine.” In a recent conversation with my friend who works for the Liberian Ministry of Health Office, that was her exact response when I asked how she was doing through this crisis. Not only does she have her family to worry about, she is coordinating supplies to the Ebola Treatment Centers and Burial Teams…not a small job. Yet she tries. She has not lost hope, she just keeps trying.
A few days after I spoke with her I found myself at a mission conference where several physicians and staff who had come out of Liberia and the SIM ELWA Hospital were sharing their stories. Two of the physicians who shared have been seen on the nightly news for weeks. Through their humility and strong faith they shared their stories of not only caring for the many Ebola victims, but their own battles with the disease. Again what struck me as they shared their stories was that they never lost hope. Their stories remind us that we serve a Lord of Hope and in West Africa right now our Lord is present and bringing hope to many.
The team from ELWA (one of the hospitals at the center of the crisis) went on to say how many platforms they’ve been given to share their stories—platforms that would never have considered showcasing the Lord’s presence in the outbreak—on the national news, meeting the President, talking to large audiences. The Lord’s message is being raised through the outbreak and bringing hope to two very devastated nations.
For months, Robert our Liberian National Director and his team have been on the outbreak’s front line. While he is bringing desperately needed food and disinfectant supplies, most of all he brings hope. He prays with our families, he hears their hearts and their fear. He brings the Lord of Hope to their doors. The need is escalating—we are increasing our reach to 1,000 families in Liberia. Please work with us as we try to beat the devastating consequences of Ebola on the ground! Pray for hope among the West Africans and that they will come to know our Lord of Hope. Go to www.visiontrust.org/ebola to see how you can give and get involved.