I have not actually met Dorothea and Garnett in person, but I feel like I have grown to know them, love them and respect them through this Ebola crisis. When they should be bouncing grandchildren on their knees and enjoying retirement, they continue to faithfully care for over 100 children every day and they are working to keep the children from Thompson Bay who also attend the school connected every week. They have been vigilant in keeping the children healthy in body and in spirit.
When we asked how we could pray for them a few days ago, the first prayer requests were for the children, praying that they would grow up to be obedient and steadfast followers of Christ. I thought to myself as we prayed, what selfless people; what committed believers that they have given it all to serve our Lord through these children. It is people like Dorothea and Garnett that provide us daily examples of what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the midst of this almost year long and catastrophic Ebola outbreak.
According to the World Health Organization, thanks to the efforts of international, national and local efforts like those of Dorothea and Garnett, the Ebola crisis is “turning around”. The Director went on to share, “But there is no room for complacency. The last mile is the hardest mile. We must stay the course.”
We need to lift up Dorothea, Garnett and their staff so that they can maintain vigilance and not become complacent as we move that last mile of the epidemic. Our conversation is turning to the opening of school and new questions to consider:
- How do we set up monitoring stations to watch for any sick children?
- How do we keep an eye on every child to wash their hands as they leave the bathroom?
- How do we increase the food that the children are receiving when the economy continues to be unable to support the families we serve?
God has provided us good resources to solve these next step problems, but a critical ingredient is you! We need to increase the support moving in Sierra Leone by $3,000 per month to move our children through the hardest mile of this epidemic. Please pray for the hardest mile and please give to keep the children healthy as we seek to see God glorified when the World Health authorities declare the crisis to be over!