As we talked to Robert, the National Director in Liberia, a few days ago you could hear the weariness in his voice. He shared how his children are getting tired of not being in school, how families are getting tired of being without work and looking more malnourished every time he sees them; despite our efforts. He talked about how the country has been under the “siege” of Ebola and that everyone is growing battle weary.
His prayers were for vigilance, and for a renewing of his own strength and courage. As he shared his prayer requests and we prayed, two thoughts came to my mind. First, after months of putting himself and his team on the frontline he is battle weary. Second, the song, “The Battle Belongs to the Lord” came into my heart.
I have listened to Robert clothed in his heavenly armor take Ebola head on…his team has never stopped trying to beat Ebola on the ground. I have listened as he described how his team has used the weapons of love, caring, food and staying present to keep our communities alive and encouraged that they are not forgotten.
As we escalate our efforts and our reach to beat Ebola on the ground and we hear the concern in Robert’s voice that the country must remain vigilant, I pray that we can all take a moment to sing glory and honor, power and strength to our Lord. I pray that Robert will continue to be fortified to take on the power of darkness as the enemy continues to press into our communities.
Please lift up Robert, his team, our Liberian communities. Pray for their vigilance, pray for their renewed courage and strength, pray that they will be reminded that the battle does belong to the Lord and the power of His blood will see them through this crisis.
Your prayers and donations will help in the battle as we try to beat Ebola on the ground! To donate a much needed $60 food and disinfectant kit to families in Liberia go to www.visiontrust.org/ebola. You can also join us and our friends in West Africa in taking a photo of yourself holding a sign that says, “Let’s beat this. #ebolaontheground.” Make this your Facebook profile picture and share it on all your social media platforms. Tag our Instagram account @ebolaontheground.
Thanks to Petra and James Owen-Collins for the inspiring song.