As we move through our holiday season, the challenges of others in distant places often fall from our minds. Yet, in parts of Sierra Leone, Christmas was spent in lockdown as they desperately try to slow the Ebola outbreak. The BBC reported that, “Muslims and Christians are not allowed to hold services in mosques and churches throughout the lockdown except for Christians on Christmas Day.” It is hard to imagine the Advent Season without carols and community.
In the midst of the outbreak, Dorothea and Garnett continue to provide a sanctuary for the many orphaned children at El Shaddai Transitional Home. They also bring in the Thompson Bay children (children that usually just come for school) a couple of times a week into the protective sanctuary. I marvel at the vigilance of this elderly couple as they bring the children into El Shaddai for church, feeding, and supplies. They are careful to monitor each child and cleanse them as they come into the compound to keep the El Shaddai children safe. They are also committed to monitoring the health status of the children in the community, making sure they have proper supplies. Dorothea and Garnett planned a small gathering for Christmas with the children, but were limited by the outbreak.
As we talked with Dorothea and Garnett, they shared their prayer requests. They asked for prayer for wisdom to provide the children with the understanding and information to keep them safe from Ebola. They asked for prayers for the many healthcare workers who are dying. They asked for health and stamina to keep the children safe within the sanctuary.
Please take a moment to lift this faithful couple up in prayer. Pray for our children in Sierra Leone, that God will continue to deliver much needed resources to keep the children safe and fed. We hope that you will pray and share the blessings God has given you so that these children will continue to be safe in their sanctuary waiting out the outbreak.