When news first hit that Ebola had reached Lagos (and later Port Harcourt) in Nigeria, and then Dakar, Senegal a few weeks later, it was tempting to despair. Lagos and Dakar are among the most important cities in West Africa. They are major transport hubs to all of Africa and the rest of the world, and both are very densely populated. Personally, I feared Ebola would spread quickly in both cities, but I cried out to God that it might not be so.
By God’s grace, and with the incredibly diligent efforts of the local health authorities and other leaders in both Nigeria and Senegal, Ebola appears to have been controled in both countries. PRAISE GOD!!!
Psalm 91:1-4 testifies about God:
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Let us rejoice that the Lord has delivered the people of Nigeria and Senegal from Ebola. Of course, risks remain given the outbreak raging in neighboring countries. And tragically 8 individuals died of Ebola in Nigeria. But there is much to thank God for.
Even as we cry out to God for continued deliverance from Ebola for those in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, let us not neglect to thank Him for what He has done in Nigeria and Senegal.
Father, we praise You for how You have protected Nigeria and Senegal from Ebola’s further spread, and how you have given help to authorities there to implement good control measures. Thank You for all who have called on You in faith for this outcome. We rejoice in the good news from these two countries. Lord we continue to cry out for all suffering so greatly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Father in Your mercy, stop the spread of this disease. Raise up wise and effective leaders at all levels of society who can help find solutions and ways to stop further transmission of Ebola in these countries that have been so ravished by this plague. Provide hope. May the church in these lands be light and salt. Help believers throughout West Africa cling to the truth of Your goodness even in a time of such dark desperation, and make Your people a blessing for such a time as this. May we be able to see and testify to Your faithfulness even in the midst of suffering, we pray in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.