The spread of Ebola continues in West Africa. In just a few short weeks the chart below illustrates how the virus had spread.
Our children and those providing their care need our help. Expect to hear from us shortly regarding opportunities for you to make a difference. As you can well imagine, as this virus spreads there are direct and indirect risks to even the healthiest individuals. Supporters, healthcare providers, and even governments urgently need our help and our prayers.
If you can’t provide financial support at this time but you would like to offer your time and talent please reach out and contact us.
On Monday, Marie was shocked to see POLICE at the gate of NHCV!
“What could it be?” she wondered. Initially, she was concerned and worried about what news the police were bringing. What surprises were about to reveal themselves?
The police were there to investigate a report that EBOLA was in the compound and bringing danger to the whole community.
“What? There is Ebola? No, that cannot be, everyone is safe and feeling fine. What do you mean?”
The police then explained that someone identified Shadrach, an 11 year old boy, as being a carrier and posing a danger to everyone. They insisted on investigating, and we could not resist their efforts. So, the police came in and took temperatures and interviewed the children, the staff, and Marie. They searched the orphanage compound for any evidence and were finally satisfied that the report had no merit. WHEW, what a relief. At this point, the police and the ambulance left. They left behind a confused bunch of kids who could not help but wonder “Who would make up such a story?” “Why would anyone want to do us such harm?” Mysteries are mysterious.
As it turned out, it was a local who had panicked, not because he had any evidence, but because he could not see over the compound walls. His fearful mind ran away with crazy ideas about “what if”. There is much chaos in Liberia right now. People are vulnerable and scared. Ebola is invisible to the naked eye until the symptoms reveal themselves, and by then it is too late. He over reacted, he allowed fear to rule his mind, and he imagined all kinds of foolish things in his panic. No real harm was done, but this shows how sensitive they are in Liberia; it shows how easily fear leads to destruction, and how a faithless generation responds. We continue to place our confidence in an all-powerful God who knows our every need and commands total control, even over our adversary.
We’re overwhelmed by the immediate response. Praise God, and thank you for asking how to help.
We are draining our accounts to send additional money for food. There are food shortages and we need to buy what we can while it is available. Prices are already rising. We are also inquiring about increasing security and asking about an armed guard. It may sound extreme, but it is Liberia, not America.
We’re attaching the article from the New York Times for those who want more information.
The news reports are confirming what we are hearing.
For those who can help us, you can donate here on our website. Of course, we still accept checks. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be mailed at the end of the year, or sooner if you request.
Our confidence is in Christ. He is our only hope, in Liberia, and in America. If Israel only knew.